Posted on: 09 June 2016 by Mark Howells
Panasonic Avionics is now offering worldwide satellite tracking to its Global Communications Services and FlightLink customers.
When combined with Panasonic’s AirMap application – a portal allowing airlines a graphical way to monitor, track and receive alerts on their aircraft – the company’s Global Communications Services and FlightLink solutions satisfy ICAO’s Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety System definitions for both normal and abnormal tracking.
Panasonic’s flight tracking is based on the company’s Ku-band eXConnect broadband and Iridium satellite communications solutions, allowing airlines to integrate cockpit and crew communications with their flight-tracking capabilities.
Paul Margis, president and CEO, Panasonic Avionics, remarked, “Today, we can seamlessly enable flight tracking on over 1,500 aircraft, and we expect to extend this capability to over 3,500 aircraft over the short term. We believe that this service will ultimately help improve the operational efficiency and safety of commercial air travel.”
“Our airline partners have already made a commitment to purchase a satellite communications system for passenger and/or operational usage,” added Margis. “With onlyan incremental cost to add the AirMap application, they will have an elegant and cost-effective solution without having to spend even more capital on a separate tracking technology.”