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EBACE: TrueNorth new data link unit to improve fairground communications

Posted 22 May 2017 · Add Comment

Communication between pilots and ATC is set to improve following the introduction today at EBACE by TrueNorth, of a new FANS-1/A over Iridium data link unit (DLU) with voice capabilities.

The SD subsidiary is unveiling its DLU-vox unit, which provides data link capabilities (ACARS, ADS-C, and CPDLC) plus flight deck safety voice capabilities in a small, lightweight, standalone unit.
A distinguishing feature of the new system is enhanced voice quality, which contributes to safer flight operations by providing clearer voice than traditional HF radio,” said SD chief commercial officer Chris Moore. In addition text-based contact with air traffic control will reduce communication errors. “The system allows pilots to talk and use the text-based interface at the same time,” he said.
“Our focus is to consistently improve the user experience, be it in the cabin or the flight deck,” said Mark van Berkel, general manager, TrueNorth. “Our new DLU-vox will allow operators to better manage their workload. Text-based contact with air traffic control reduces communication errors, and a channel of enhanced quality voice provides added flexibility. Both will help foster smooth flight operations.”
 

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