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Survival Flight, LLC’s fleet of Bell Helicopter 407s is currently being quipped with Outerlink’s next generation IRIS system, the air medical service provider said. IRIS gives users the ability to record large amounts of data, process it onboard through a computer and filter it directly to communication or control centers every 10 seconds.
This system makeover eradicates the use of a ground-based very high frequency network, reducing costs and adding capability. Ground-based networks require building and maintaining. Survival flight said it found the traditional satellite phone’s one-to-one communication both limiting and expensive.
According to Metro Aviation, the system is a result of its acquisition of North Flight Data Systems and Outerlink Global Solutions. The satellite-based solution provides voice, video and flight data recording with a limitless broadband push-to-talk voice over Internet protocol radio and high frequency tracking system. Bandwidth is provided through a partnership with ViaSat.