ICG's NxtLink ICS-220A Flight Deck Communications System - Next Generation Communications, Global Satellite Voice, DATA LINK: ACARS, FANS1/A, CPDLC, ADS-C. Combined with the Star Navigation Systems Group LTD., STAR-A.D.S.™ System - Automated Engine and Aircraft System Trending, Health Monitoring, Flight following, Real Time Fuel Management, FOQA, MOQA, Exceedance Reporting, QAR and OOOI Messaging. Is S.M.A.R.T.
ICG NXTLINK SERIES
The integrated ICG-Star system is designed to provide dedicated voice and data link services to the flight deck, while at the same time providing an additional satellite channel for real-time transfer of messages, flight data and airframe system status to an Airline's operations and maintenance facility. ICG's NxtLink ICS-220A Satellite Data Unit (SDU), operates over the Iridium® satellite constellation and provides seamless global connectivity for voice and data services, including the polar regions. It is a comprehensive system providing facility for both ATS and AOC communications in support of the following services:
The NxtLink ICS-220A device is a small and light weight 2MCU LRU, designed to industry specifications and meeting the regulatory requirements as a Long Range Communications (LRC) system. The device is favored by the industry as an upgrade and replacement for an HF radio as well as an alternative replacement of the larger and more expensive Inmarsat satcom systems. The NxtLink ICS-220A is the smallest and least expensive global communications system available to the operator today. With the small passive antenna coupled with mounting options in the electronics bay or crown mounting for the LRU, installations are quick, simple and inexpensive. This combination makes the ICG's NxtLink Iridium® system the preferred choice for operators outfitting for emerging mandates such as the NAT FANS-1/A requirements for ATS LRC voice.
ICG NxtLink Series - Voice and Data Link
|2 MCU Iridium® LRU||Satellite Voice/Data (ARINC 761)|
|Audio Control Panel||LRC Voice - Dual 4-wire Audio|
|Dedicated Data Link||ACARS, FANS-1/A CPDLC, ADS-C Messaging via SBD Modem|
|ATS/AOC Directory||Dialing from MCDU (ARINC 739a)|
|Cabin Crew Handset||Voice Communications (Corded or Cordless)|
|CIM Module||Configuration Identity Storage and SIM Cards|
|Dual Element Iridium® Antenna||Passive Low Profile|
External CIM Reader
The configuration Identity module (CIM) provide access for the SIM cards as well as storage of aircraft unique interoperability parameters and telephone dialing lists. The CIM eliminates the requirement to configure and reprogram an LRU upon replacement.
Dual Element Antenna
This low profile dual element passive antenna is highly reliable and provides linear performance across the entire Iridium® Band 1616-1626 Mhz.
STAR-A.D.S.™ Health Monitoring
|NMC||Navigation Management Computer|
|FMC||Flight Management Computer|
|IRS||Air Data Inertial Reference System|
|FWC||Flight Warning Computer|
|ADC||Air Data Computer|
|FGS||Flight Guidance System|
|FC||Fuel Management Computer|
|FCC||Flight Control Computer|
|CMC||Centralized Maintenance Computer|
|DFADU||Digital Flight Data Acquisition Unit|
Higher Autonomy/Data Management
Voice/ Data Link
Today's aviation industry is implementing data link mandates that ensure reliable global communication and 100% position awareness of aircraft. The replacement of antiquated HF systems with clear reliable Satcom is driven by increased safety and effective management of flight operations.
Increased safety and airline profitability is driven by accurate and proactive decision making. The main way to achieve this is by the use of real-time data for flight following, FOQA and MOQA. This ensures compliance with SOP's [Standard Operating Procedures], true aircraft position and situational awareness of all key aircraft systems.
For advanced analytics you need data, people, intent and tools. You need consistent, secure high quality and real-time data. You need people with business acumen that are data driven to create processes that support analytical decision making. Lastly you need tools like the ICG Star system to complete the integration and make it a reality.
Star recently conducted a study on a sample of flight operation data for an all A320 fleet of a high intensity usage airline. With a total yearly estimated fuel budget of $530M USD, the Star-A.D.S.™ Fuel-Monitoring module pointed to a reasonable 2% savings of the total yearly fuel budget (estimated $10.6M USD per year).
As an example of the Star-A.D.S.™ Fuel Manager drill down capabilities on one specific KPI- Over-Fuelling. In a sample of flight operations data, it was discovered that all flights from the sample carried 200kg of extra fuel above and beyond all safety, regulatory, and company SOP required fuel amounts. Using the Star-A.D.S.™, fuel savings initiative function, targeting a 100kg reduction from the over-fueling, resulted in a savings of $1.7M USD per year from the fleet of 35 aircraft.
Example of process time savings - Average time for an mid-size passenger airline to acquire, validate, analyse, and present data from an aircraft -275 minutes. Using the Star-A.D.S.™, airline can reduce this time to 15 minutes.
Star Navigation Systems Group Ltd. in an exclusive partnership with International Insurance Brokers globally, will allow an airline using the Star-A.D.S.™ solution for their fleet of aircraft to have access to insurance premium credits.
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