The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified Outerlink’s IRIS system for installation on the Sikorsky S-92 aircraft, following the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), US, certifying it in December 2015. The system features a full-duplex communications service combined with a satellite-transmitted, real-time flight data monitoring system.
The system, say Outerlink, will help crews to better deal with problems aboard an aircraft as the data can be communicated directly to ground crews. The always-on, always-connected signal will allow communication specialists to monitor an aircraft’s activities in real-time. Outerlink is part of Metro Aviation, who has said that the IRIS system is currently being installed in all its US-based air medical helicopters.
“We are excited to bring this technology to Europe,” said Metro president, Mike Stanberry. “IRIS is an absolute game-changer for the industry. In terms of safety, we are delivering a solution that provides all the tools you need for operating a safe fleet.”
Validations for the EC135 and EC145 are expected from the EASA within 30 days, say Outerlink.