Aircraft Communications

Are a Vital Lifeline for Your Operations

FLYHT’s Automated Flight Information Reporting System (AFIRS 228™) offers not only a reliable voice and data connectivity, but a platform to access value-added real-time business intelligence that will save you money, streamline your operations, enhance operational safety, and improve customer satisfaction.

“Right from the start, it was clear that FLYHT values our success alongide their own. Instead of trying to fit us into their product, they continually and creatively look for ways to fit their product into our operation – starting with the upgrade of our current SATCOM system to FLYHT’s AFIRS 228 Iridium SATCOM Solution.”

Richie Moffitt

Manager, Fleet Engineering, WestJet Airlines

With more than 80 airlines operating more than 800 aircraft and 2,500 Airbus factory installed units, we are confident that you will achieve rapid ROI.

INMARSAT End-of-Life

Inmarsat Classic Aero Replacement

  • Reduce Weight
  • Reduce Drag
  • Save on Fuel Costs
  • Gain global coverage with Iridium Constellation
  • Future Proof Long Range Communications – New Iridium Constellation will be available until 2035+

Long Range Communication System Modernization

Modernize your heavy, antiquated dual HF system and upgrade to Single HF and SATCOM

  • Complies with FAA Advisory Circular AC 20-150B
  • Reduce Weight
  • Save on Fuel Costs
  • Reliable, Clear Voice
  • Reliable, Low Latency Data

FANS Compliance

Meeting Performance Based Communications and Surveillance requirements for the most efficient routes

  • Complies with FAA Advisory Circular AC-20-140C.
  • CAN-TSO-C159b approved
  • Path to OpsSpec A056 Remote/Oceanic operational authorization
  • Interoperable with most airframes flying world-wide
  • STCs on numerous aircraft types including the A319/320/321/330 and B737/747/757/767/777 airframes

Iridium SATCOM

ACARS coverage while outside of VHF datalink.

  • SATCOM Voice
  • ACARS over Iridium
  • Pole-to-Pole Coverage
  • New Data Capabilities

AFIRS Services

FLYHT’s Automated Flight Information Reporting System (AFIRS) unique services

  • Aircraft Health Monitoring
  • Engine Trend Monitoring
  • Flight Tracking
  • Remote Aircraft Parameter Customization
  • Two-way Text Messaging
  • Wireless QAR Options
  • Fuel Savings

Comprehensive Communications Comparision Chart 

Shipset Cost

Iridium Satcomm

$50,000 (Catalog Price)

HF

$60,000 - $120,000
(if Datalink)

Savings vs. HF

$10k-$70k Savings

Inmarsat

$200,000 - $300,000 (SBB)

Savings vs. Inmarsat

$150-250k Savings
Retrofit Installation Time

Iridium Satcomm

100-150 Man Hours

HF

150 Man Hours

Savings vs. HF

Equivalent

Inmarsat

180-200 Man Hours

Savings vs. Inmarsat

Install Cost Savings
Communication Costs

Iridium Satcomm

$50 Activation Fee,
Voice: $1.50/min,
Data: (ACARS) $0.20/kb

HF

$200 Monthly Fee,
Voice: $3-8/min,
Data: (ACARS) 0.30$/kb

Savings vs. HF

Savings on Voice & Data

Inmarsat

$200 Monthly Fee,
Voice: $2-5/min,
Data: (ACARS) 0.20$/kb

Savings vs. Inmarsat

Savings on Voice
Coverage

Iridium Satcomm

Worldwide

HF

Worldwide

Savings vs. HF

Equivalent

Inmarsat

Works Generally South of 78 Degrees Latitude

Savings vs. Inmarsat

No Polar Coverage
Quality

Iridium Satcomm

Voice Quality: Good, Latency: 300ms, Establishment: 10s, Reliability: Good

HF

Voice Quality: Variable, Latency: Variable, Establishment: Variable

Savings vs. HF

Variable

Inmarsat

Voice Quality: Good, Latency: 500ms, Establishment: 10-20s

Savings vs. Inmarsat

Good
Safety Services

Iridium Satcomm

Safety Voice: FANS CPDLC Approved

HF

As Per ICAO: Minimum 1 HF for LRCS required

Savings vs. HF

Performance Restrictions

Inmarsat

Safety Voice: FANS CPDLC

Savings vs. Inmarsat

Approved
Performance

Iridium Satcomm

1 or 2 Voice Channel and 2400 bps

HF

1 Voice Channel or 300-1800 bps

Savings vs. HF

Plus 1 voice channel. Use of voice & data simultaneously

Inmarsat

2 Voice Channel (Cockpit) plus 4 Voice Ch & 2 SBB Ch: 432 kbps

Savings vs. Inmarsat

Equivalent for Cockpit Use (except SBB channels & cabin)
Weight (incl. Wiring)

Iridium Satcomm

8 kg

HF

1 HF: 28 kg,
2 HF: 50 kg (for HFDL)

Savings vs. HF

20 to 42 kg Savings

Inmarsat

40-50 kg

Savings vs. Inmarsat

32-42 kg saving
Power Consumption

Iridium Satcomm

28 W Max, 28 VDC

HF

700 W Max, 115 VAC

Savings vs. HF

650 W Savings

Inmarsat

500 W Max, 115 VAC

Savings vs. Inmarsat

450 W Savings
Cooling

Iridium Satcomm

No Cooling (Passive Antenna)

HF

Required (HFDR)

Savings vs. HF

Cooling Savings

Inmarsat

Required (SDU, HPA)

Savings vs. Inmarsat

Cooling Savings
Spacing Allocation

Iridium Satcomm

2 MCU

HF

4 MCU (and Coupler)

Savings vs. HF

2 MCU Savings

Inmarsat

8 MCU (& D/LMA)

Savings vs. Inmarsat

6 MCU Savings
Maintenance Costs

Iridium Satcomm

Little Maintenance, No Moving Parts

HF

Higher Maintenance

Savings vs. HF

Savings

Inmarsat

Higher Maintenance

Savings vs. Inmarsat

Savings

Our STCs

FLYHT offers STC-certified system installation kits to ensure problem-free and efficient equipment swaps and aircraft modifications. As an approved Design Approval Organization (DAO), we design and certify systems integration, modification, or upgrade projects for commercial aircraft.

Review Our List of Aircraft Certifications

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Headquarters

#500, 1212 – 31 Avenue NE
Calgary, Canada, T2E 7S8
Phone: 1-403-441-2951

US Office

FLYHT Inc.
10901 West Toller Drive
Littleton, CO 80127 USA

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