Small footprint, pre-configured; works “out-of -the-box,” high performance


OTTAWA—14 APRIL 2015—TrueNorth Avionics announced today that its Simphonē FANS-1/A+ Data Link Unitplus has received an FAA TSO. This is an important milestone for the company’s FANS over Iridium product because this design and production approval will streamline the process of obtaining additional STCs.

“TrueNorth is the first company that can now offer a FOI FANS-1/A compliant system with the TSO certification, and it’s an important achievement,” said TrueNorth CEO Mark van Berkel. “Our DLU already has a number of STCs under its belt. With this TSO certification, more aircraft owners can more readily get this equipment installed and benefit from more efficient routes, and the critical safety features associated with FANS-1/A compliance.” 

While looking for operational efficiencies, owners and operators are always mindful of safety requirements. A FANS-1/A data link unit simplifies pilot to controller communication, reduces communications error, and increases efficiency. TrueNorth’s Simphonē FANS-1/A DLU is a standalone component with DO-178B Level D software. The lightweight unit features a built-in Iridium transceiver with a small footprint. As operators who fly trans-oceanic routes understand, qualified data link communication capability is becoming more and more important, with increasing commercial and business jet traffic, and is an essential ingredient in achieving FANS 1/A compliance. 

In addition to receiving FAA TSO authorization, the TrueNorth DLU has also been successfully tested with Universal Avionics UniLink® UL-800/801 Communications Management Unit (CMU). Carey Miller, Manager of Business Development for Universal Avionics said, “this will be a great FANS 1/A Iridium Satcom solution for operators who already have a Satcom voice system installed on the aircraft.”

As with all TrueNorth products, the DLU was designed for seamless, easy installation.  In fact, “it just worked as soon as we took it out of the box and hooked it up—no configuration required,” said Joseph LoCascio, Engineering Product Manager at Universal Avionics.

“Reaction to our DLU has been incredibly positive,” said van Berkel. “When installed with some FMSs, the component actually gives the operator additional functionality such as an extra communications channel.”

More about the FANS -1/A+ DLUplus: A member of the Simphonē product family, the FANS 1/A+ DLU is a compact, stand-alone component that shortens installation times, and simplifies future upgrades. TrueNorth’s FOI DLU is unique because it works out of the box without additional configuration. The device operates with a wide variety of existing and new aircraft FMS’ using a standard ARINC data interface. This greatly reduces integration time. Like all FANS-1/A systems, TrueNorth’s solution simplifies pilot to controller communication, reduces communications error, and increases efficiency in congested airspace; a necessity as business and commercial jet traffic continues to grow over the ocean regions.

About Universal Avionics: Universal Avionics is a leading manufacturer of innovative avionics systems offered as retrofit and forward-fit solutions for the largest diversification of aircraft types in the industry. Markets served include Business, Special Missions, Government / Military, Airline (regional / commercial), Helicopter and OEM. To learn more about Universal Avionics, visit www.uasc.com/company/about.aspx. 

About TrueNorth: More Fortune® 100 business jet owners choose TrueNorth Simphonē inflight communications systems than any other. Our innovative and reliable solutions work everywhere passengers and crew fly. Optelity, our newest product family, embodies the software-defined cabin. Our systems deliver high fidelity voice, Fax, Wi-Fi, enterprise E-mail, and effortless connectivity for smart phones and other mobile devices, enabling seamless connectivity from home or office to the sky. Only TrueNorth provides a ready-to-upgrade, app-based solution, empowering business jet users to stay connected and be more productive inflight. Fly. Connect. Succeed. Visit TrueNorth at truenorthavionics.com, on Facebook and LinkedIn, and follow us on Twitter.


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FANS: Future Air Navigation System

FOI: FANS over Iridium

TSO: Technical Standards Order

STC: Supplemental Type Certificate

DLU: Data Link Unit

FMS: Flight Management System