Flightlink

FlightLink is a complete "end-to-end" solution that includes multi-function atmospheric and GPS sensors, dedicated two-way satellite communication system, and ground-based data management and quality assurance. FlightLink is compatible with all aircraft types, and the communication architecture provides real-time two way information exchange at any altitude, everywhere aircraft fly, even over the poles.

At the core of FlightLink’s technology is the dedicated global Iridium satellite connectivity. FlightLink tm provides realtime non-transponder based aircraft position reports anywhere in the world. The FlightLink system includes a dedicated Iridium satellite datalink and operates automatically, requiring no crew involvement. Each FlightLink-equipped aircraft can be monitored in real time through a web-based tracking tool. Additionally, FlightLink can independently capture and relay aircraft systems’ information, and the weather enviornment in which the aircraft is flying.

Why FlightLink?
FlightLink lets airlines make better-informed operational decisions and track their aircraft during flight. It supports hundreds of commercial aircraft operated by over a dozen partner airlines with flight-deck voice and data communications over Iridium’s satellite network. These connected aircraft benefit from a wide range of aviation applications that enhance the operations of partnering airlines, including automatic global real-time aircraft position reports.

TAMDAR Sensor ,
The Tropospheric Airborne Meteorological Data Reporting (TAMDAR) sensor and its web-based reporting and analytics tools. FlightLink provides real-time non-transponder based aircraft positioning, icing and turbulance reporting anywhere in the world. It operates automatically, requiring no crew involvement. The patented TAMDAR sensor collects sophisticated weather data through the upper atmosphere during the flight of an aircraft, and transmits the information via Iridium satellites in real-time for analysis and assimilation into high-resolution weather forecasting models.

More accurate, higher resolution weather forecasts: FlightLink’s TAMDAR sensor collects and assimilates a full range of atmospheric data designed to significantly improve the accuracy and timeliness of weather forecasts. In addition, TAMDAR data can be used to more accurately forecast severe weather (convective activity). FAA/NOAA impact studies show TAMDAR data can improve forecasting skill by 50% or more.

Real-time icing reports: With the TAMDAR sensor, FlightLink provides real-time icing reports. While icing information is essential for safe flight planning and airspace management, conventional icing information is restricted to Pilot Reports (PIREPS), which are subjective and scarce. The Current Icing Potential (CIP) and Future Icing Potential (FIP) models do not use real icing data to derive their outputs; therefore, model accuracy can be significantly improved through the utilization of TAMDAR data.

Real-time turbulence reports: With the TAMDAR sensor, FlightLink provides high-density, objective turbulence measurements, improving knowledge of conditions aloft. These measurements are captured on a finer and more consistent seven-point scale than current PIREPS (e.g. light, moderate, or severe), and provide the ability for turbulence forecasting.

Database of aircraft flight histories: Detailed information from each flight is recorded and stored in a secure Panasonic database, providing a complete data archive for each FlightLink-equipped aircraft. This functionality allows for instantaneous data recollection through a web-based tool, such that any incident (e.g. severe turbulence event) or accident can be more carefully analyzed through the immediate retrieval of FlightLink flight and enviornment information (including en-route weather conditions).

Improved operational support for airlines: The shared satellite datalink provides carriers with improved air-ground and ground-air communications, including both voice & text, during each flight. This improves operational planning and by association, flight safety for airlines.