FLYHT, L3 develop AFIRS for A320

FLYHT Aerospace Solutions, and L-3 Aviation Recorders, will certify and provide FLYHT’s Automated Flight Information Reporting System (AFIRS) 228S, a real-time data communications and SATCOM solution, for installation on the Airbus A320 family of aircraft.

The solution offers the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) capability and SATCOM voice connectivity anywhere in the world through the Iridium network. The AFIRS 228S will be offered under FLYHT’s global value added reseller agreement with Iridium.

The data communications and SATCOM solution is currently marketed under the FLYHT brand in conjunction with L-3’s industry-leading line of Flight Data Recorders (FDR). The products being sold will have the technical ability to support FLYHTStream™, FLYHT’s triggered data streaming tool.

FLYHT president and CEO, Bill Tempany, said, “FLYHT Aerospace Solutions is looking forward to continuing our strong relationship with L-3. This agreement is the next stage of our growth phase that will see our AFIRS products offered across an even wider range of airframes. Our collaboration with L-3 further solidifies our position at the forefront of the industry’s data, and aircraft position, streaming service providers.”

L-3 Aviation Recorders, president, Mike Smith, said “L-3 is extremely pleased to work with a strong partner like FLYHT in offering its extensive worldwide airline and OEM customer base a solution for emerging ACARS and SATCOM requirements.

“In conjunction with an onboard L-3 flight recorder, FLYHT has already demonstrated FDR data and aircraft position streaming on in-service aircraft. The addition of the ACARS, using Iridium and communications services, makes this a very practical solution for our customers.”

FLYHT continues to expand its service offering with the AFIRS 220 STCs now available on 30 different aircraft types, and the AFIRS 228 activation STC available on a growing list of airframes such as the CRJ 900, Hawker Beechcraft “987 series” and provisions-only STCs for the Boeing 777 and ATR-42 and -72.

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