PenAir chooses Panasonic’s FlightLink for flight tracking and cockpit comms

Peninsula Airways (PenAir) is to equip its 18 Saab 340s and three Saab 2000s with Panasonic Avionics’ FlightLink, thus adding aircraft operation centre (AOC) voice, data, and aircraft positioning and tracking to its Saab fleet.

“Given our location, and the unique routes we fly, we wanted a solution that would allow us to stay in constant contact with our aircraft,” commented Danny Seybert, chief executive officer for PenAir. “After reviewing all the options, only Panasonic could deliver the hardware and services that would help us run our airline even more safely and efficiently.”

Paul Margis, president and CEO of Panasonic Avionics added, “PenAir has been a valued customer for many years, and we are very happy to deepen that relationship with a connectivity service that is so critical to its operational efficiency. FlightLink gives PenAir a cost-effective way to improve situational awareness, even in areas where traditional satellite solutions are not available. This is a perfect example of how an airline can look to Panasonic to satisfy their critical communications needs.”

FlightLink provides real-time non-transponder based aircraft position reports anywhere in the world. The system includes a dedicated Iridium satellite data link and operates automatically, requiring no crew involvement. Each FlightLink-equipped aircraft can be monitored in real time through a web-based tracking tool. Additionally, the system can independently capture and relay aircraft systems’ information, and the weather environment in which the aircraft is flying.

FlightLink also includes the small and lightweight TAMDAR sensor, which collects thousands of readings from the upper atmosphere each day. This atmospheric data provides better situational awareness back to PenAir’s AOC. The data can also be used by Panasonic to develop future improved weather forecasts that would benefit the Alaska aviation community as a whole.

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