Only FANS Over Iridium Device to Meet FAA TSO C159a Requirements Simplifies Certification  

OTTAWA—15 SEPTEMBER 2015—TrueNorth Avionics reported today that Clay Lacy Aviation has obtained an STC for the company’s Simphonē FANS-1/A Data Link UnitPlus as part of a flight deck system on a Bombardier Challenger 601 aircraft. The STC meets worldwide mandates while improving safety, lowering operating costs and reducing flight times. The DLU, which is the only FAA TSO-C159a FANS over Iridium system for the flight deck, streamlines the STC process because it already meets specific requirements. 

“We are incredibly pleased, but not surprised at the adoption rate of our Simphonē DLU,” said Mark van Berkel, TrueNorth CEO. “Our data link unit connects easily with a wide range of flight management systems, and requires no configuration. This reduces installation times and the associated costs.” 

“Before TrueNorth’s data link unit there were no products certified to the FAA TSO C-159a requirements for FANS over Iridium flight deck communications,” said Jim Lauer, Clay Lacy director of avionics. “The absence of a certifiable device slowed the process and required additional data that was difficult to obtain. The Simphonē DLU made this FANS program easier to complete, and we intend to use the TrueNorth component on a number of aircraft going forward.” 

While safety always comes first, aircraft owners and operators are also looking for operational efficiencies. FANS-1/A compliant systems allow pilots and controllers to communicate through a text-based interface rather than HF voice and automatically report aircraft positioning. This reduces communications error and crewmember stress, and allows operators to fly more efficient routes. Notes van Berkel, “Clay Lacy has an excellent reputation with avionics installation and certification and we are proud to work with Jim and his team to make flying safer and more efficient for aircraft operators.” 

TrueNorth’s Simphonē FANS-1/A DLU is a standalone component with FAA, Transport Canada and EASA TSO-159a. The lightweight unit has a small footprint and features a built-in Iridium transceiver. Operators flying in the oceanic regions and Europe understand that qualified data link communication is essential to complying with the FANS mandate, as commercial and business jet traffic continues to increase.

About Clay Lacy Aviation: Founded in 1968 by an aviation legend, Clay Lacy Aviation is distinguished as the most experienced operator of private jets in the world, with one of the most diverse fleets of charter and managed aircraft available. The company provides a comprehensive set of aviation services including aircraft management, charter, sales, acquisitions, FBO, maintenance, avionics, interiors and aerial cinematography. It’s also an authorized service center for the Embraer Phenom 100 and 300. Clay Lacy Aviation operates two full-service private jet facilities at Los Angeles’ Van Nuys Airport and Seattle’s Boeing Field, with regional offices and aircraft operations based at 10 additional U.S. cities. Its experienced team is globally recognized for providing aircraft owners and jet travelers unequaled safety, service and value.

Clay Lacy Aviation is the recipient of numerous industry awards, including: “Best of the Best” Jet Charter Service and Aviation Management Company – Robb Report; Diamond Award for Excellence in Maintenance Training/Proficiency – Federal Aviation Administration; Best Pilot Training Program and Platinum Rating – Aviation Research Group/U.S.; IS-BAO Stage 2 Certification – International Business Aviation Council; and Wingman Rating –The Wyvern Standard. For more information, visit www.claylacy.com

About TrueNorth: More Fortune 100 business jet owners trust TrueNorth 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, while our cockpit communication systems enable safety and efficiency. Our systems deliver high fidelity voice, GSM, Wi-Fi, enterprise E-mail, and effortless connectivity for smart phones and other mobile devices, for seamless connectivity from the earth 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 @TrueNorth_Avnx.



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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