FLYHT’s AFIRS 228S gets TC design approval
FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd. has received Canadian Technical Standard Order (CAN-TSO) Design Approval, CAN-TSO-C159b for the Automated Flight Information Reporting System (AFIRS) 228S. The certification, granted by Transport Canada, represents an additional level of airworthiness standards met by AFIRS.
A Technical Standard Order (TSO) is a minimum performance standard issued by an airworthiness authority for specified materials, parts, processes, and appliances used on civil aircraft. Issuance of the CAN-TSO by Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA), through international agreements, represents recognition of the AFIRS 228S in the world’s major airworthiness jurisdictions, thus simplifying the Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) and installation process.
As an improvement to the initial AFIRS 228B, the AFIRS 228S Iridium SATCOM system is currently approved, with STCs on numerous aircraft types, in all major jurisdictions and provides aircraft crew with voice and data services for Air Traffic Control, Aeronautical Operational Control and Air-to-Air Communication using Iridium’s global satellite network. The system also provides Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) over Iridium messaging capability. This TSO certification confirms that AFIRS 228S meets all product requirements, including DO-262B Minimum Operational Performance Standards for Avionics Supporting Next Generation Satellite Systems (NGSS), for an Iridium SATCOM supporting Future Air Navigation System (“FANS”) -1/A capability. FANS allows for and supports improved data and survelliance of aircraft flying in remote regions and over the oceans.
“We believe FLYHT has the only product in the world to receive a TSO based upon compliance to DO-262B for combined Iridum voice and datalink,” commented FLYHT chief technical officer, Derek Graham. “Receiving this certification is a credit to members of the FLYHT team who have dedicated their time and expertise to this project and is recognized as an impressive achievement in the industry. This certification offers increased value to original equipment manufacturers and aircraft operators looking to meet internationally recognized standards and enabling operators to comply with FANS for remote data and surveillance.”