What Are the Communication Technology Options for Your Aviation Business?

April 23, 2019

Reliable communication is an essential feature of aviation safety and operational efficiency - our eBook looks at the options available

When it comes to aviation communication, radio has been the standard. However at the recent Aero Friedrichshafen meeting of aviation industry leaders, it was noted that a strong investment in emerging technologies is positioning the industry for long-term expansion. This is especially true of communication technology.

We’ve created an eBook that looks at the ways aviation businesses communicate. It groups them into four tiers:

  1. Radio – this is the most common method, and the one that’s been around the longest. The eBook illustrates that while radio is still a viable communication tool, emerging technologies are set to replace it.
  2. Higher level – this is where systems like ACARS (Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System) comes in. This is the most advanced option, and requires a significant software and hardware investment.
  3. Global Cross-channel Communication (GC3) – these are specifically built for the unique needs associated with keeping in touch with an aircraft while it’s flying. And it’s where Spidertracks comes in.
  4. Workarounds – these are what they sound like. Mobile phones, instant messaging; basically any form of communication that’s not specifically built for aviation.

GC3 is a Spidertracks-branded network which harnesses the power of various channels to provide operators with comprehensive, constant coverage across the globe. It means aviators don't have to rely on traditional communication infrastructure. It's more reliable than radio and it does much of what ACARS does, but at a significantly reduced cost.

The industry leaders’ meeting underlined the growing need to invest in emerging technologies. There’s been significant growth in innovation in the aviation industry, and with it comes an awareness that communications need to keep up.

Air traffic is expected to at least double by 2050. This increase means there’ll be a greater need for updated communication technologies. Choosing the right communications system for your business depends on a number of factors, including the size of your business, the size of your budget, and the conditions in which your aircraft typically fly.

What you don't want is for your pilots and other crew to have to work with technology from another era. If they're in an isolated bubble relying on decades-old analogue voice communications, the result can be risky and inefficient.

Reliable communications with your aviation crew – anytime, anywhere will help you to work out what system is best for your aviation business and for your crew.

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