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Airbus Helicopters Taps Astronautics for Air-Ground Communication System

By S.L. Fuller | June 19, 2017

Photo courtesy of Airbus Helicopters

Photo courtesy of Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters is set to put Astronautics Corp. of America’s air-ground communications system (AGCS) in its production aircraft, Astronautics said at the Paris Air Show.

The connectivity solution is comprised of an airborne server, wireless communications module, remote media device and ground server software. Astronautics said it expects qualification by the end of next year. According to the company, the system's benefits include:

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Secure protection of critical avionics from non-authorized access through implementation of a modern cybersecurity framework

Wireless access to operational and maintenance data in flight and on the ground capability to send and receive data through a variety of communication channels

And ability to store and retrieve hundreds of hours of operational data within the system

"The Astronautics AGCS will provide Airbus Helicopters a connectivity solution designed specifically for helicopters with the latest certification regulations [Data Security CRI]," said Chad Cundiff, Astronautics’ president. "Helicopter operators will realize enhanced operational and safety benefits through real-time data access. Plus, the AGCS' modular design and upgradeability will ensure the system can rapidly evolve to provide operators the latest, state-of-the-art digital innovation."

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