Avionica miniQAR Now Being Installed on Helicopters

By Staff Writer | March 25, 2015

Avionica, a satellite communications equipment manufacturer known for its multiple safety certifications for airliners, has installed its suite of mini-Quick Access Recorders (miniQAR) on more than 75 helicopters, and most are streaming data over the company’s 3G/4G cellular module.   


Avionica miniQAR III installed on an EC635. Photo courtesy of Avionica

Avionica’s Mini QAR MARK III weighs just 8 ounces and full installation weight is under 3 pounds. The Mark II and Mark III products are installed and capturing data on more than 7,000 aircraft today. Avionica also has a suite of satLINK products using the current Iridium constellation. Avionica’s recent FAA certifications of its satLINK MAX demonstrated compliance with the FAA’s Advisory Circular AC20-140B guidance for Air Traffic Services (ATS) Data Link Communication systems, including Controller Pilot Data link Communications (CPDLC) and automatic dependent surveillance -Contract (ADS-C). The satLINK MAX approval also established compliance to Advisory Circular AC20-150A guidance for ATS satellite Voice and its adherence to the stringent RTCA/DO-262A Minimum Operational Performance Standard required to support FANS 1/A over Iridium operations (FOI).


In addition to enabling FANS 1/A over Iridium, Avionica’s satLINK MAX could satisfy recent recommendations by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and International Air Transport Association (IATA) for a Global Aircraft Tracking System by leveraging its four Iridium transceivers to simultaneously provide multiple voice and data services with a single dual-element antenna. Typical applications include two flight deck voice channels, one FOI datalink channel, and one voice and data capable cabin service channel.

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