For a pilot flying from point A to point B, parameters, like altitude, routes, and level of compliance, cannot be determined without flight data monitoring (FDM) equipment. The equipment is used to make these inconspicuous parameters more obvious.
IRIS is not just a flight tracking or flight data monitoring system but also provides a virtual live connection to the cockpit. It gives users the capability to record large amounts of aircraft data, which are processed through an on-board computer. Every 10 seconds, this data is filtered directly to communication centers, and it provides global coverage, allowing immediate air-to-ground, ground-to-air, or air-to-air communication within the system, with access from anywhere in the world.
IRIS was developed by Metro Aviation after the acquisition of North Flight Data Systems (NORTH) and Outerlink Global Solutions. NORTH’s flight data and monitoring package, along with Outerlink’s aircraft satellite tracking systems, added enhanced features, with push-to-talk capability. IRIS Console gives a web-based software tool, which displays all the tracking data, along with aircraft system visibility. It gives a virtual copy of the airframe subsystem and aircraft engine status by monitoring every caution and warning in the panel, as well as data related to movements of the aircraft in a particular location. The global tracking map allows customers to see each aircraft’s position and condition, with simple color hues that indicate the phase of flight, aircraft condition, and general tracking. IRIS, with constant monitoring and internal and external pre-programed event triggers, alerts its customers, even through SMS or e-mail, by sending messages to the key management.
Apart from the open architecture, IRIS Console software suite provides the operators with the latest system monitoring and communication technology, with a single installation. An additional feature that makes IRIS unique is the push-to-talk function, wherein the operator can talk to the entire fleet, which provides extra safety and efficiency. This feature of push-to-talk technology makes communication within the fleet very easy.
ViaSat developed exclusive antennas for IRIS, which are capable of delivering video and audio data at broadband speed. The company also provides an underlying network, which is capable of operating on a next-generation L-band satellite network, making it an adaptable and flexible option for operators.
IRIS provides all that is necessary for the end user, along with a variety of on-demand features, and allows the customers to install flight data monitoring safety and productivity tools and third-party-approved applications; it can also be linked to a tablet. It has the capability to store several applications, according to the user’s needs, ensuring that the solution is never outdated.
IRIS is compatible with all helicopters, from old analog models to the latest models, in the market. IRIS also provides integrated monitoring and communication systems for operators, in case of a mixed fleet. IRIS holds a variety of certificates from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Transport Canada, for many aircraft, such as Sikorsky S-92, Bell 206, Eurocopter EC135, etc. Phoenix Heli-Flight is upgrading its fleet to the IRIS solution. The company is planning to collaborate with Outerlink to develop Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) for digital and analog helicopters, such as Eurocopter AS350, Eurocopter EC120 Colibri, and Eurocopter EC130.
Owing to new technologies and developments in flight data monitoring systems, like IRIS, competition in the market, among companies, like Scaled Analytics Inc., SKYTRAC SYSTEMS Ltd, Guardian Mobility, Teledyne Controls LLC, Curtiss-Wright Corporation, and many others, is increasing.
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About the Market:
The Flight Data Monitoring market is expected to register a CAGR of XX% over the forecast period, due to the need for reducing unscheduled maintenance costs in aircraft. The demand for enhancing situational awareness to drive the operations of airlines and an increase in aircraft deliveries are some of the major factors driving the growth of the market.
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