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Outerlink's IRIS approved for S-92

19th October 2017 - 08:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Outerlink Global Solutions has received supplemental type certificate approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency and Transport Canada for use of its IRIS SATCOM system on the Sikorsky S-92 helicopter, the company announced on 16 October.

The fully integrated voice, video, flight data and broadband SATCOM system provides a constant IP satellite connection with global coverage from Australia to Canada, Europe, Asia and African regions.

IRIS combines numerous features currently available from various vendors into one single solution. Live access to the system or sending and receiving data through the internet can be attained through the Wi-Fi installed in the cabin from a tablet, computer or an electronic flight bag.

The IRIS system gives S-92 operators real time HUMS data streaming for constant visibility of the aircraft's status and health, and the ability for pilots and crew to communicate via talk groups using open architecture push-to-talk technology.

Jeff Warner, director of sales and marketing, Outerlink, said: ‘The safety aspect that IRIS introduces to an operation is invaluable. Having the ability to push a button and talk to your entire fleet, several aircraft in a certain region, or just a single pilot, gives any operator an extra level of safety and efficiency that has not been attainable until now.’

The company has partnered with a North Sea operator to begin IRIS installations later this year.

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