Airbus Helicopters has selected the Astronautics Air Ground Communications System (AGCS) as a connectivity solution for its production helicopters. The AGCS consists of an airborne server, wireless communications module, remote media device and ground server software, creating an air-to-ground modular data transmission system. The system is expected to be certified next year.
Benefits of AGCS include secure protection of critical avionics from non-authorized access through a cybersecurity framework; wireless access to operational and maintenance data in flight and on the ground; capability to send and receive data through communication channels; and the ability to store and retrieve hundreds of hours of operational data within the system.
“The Astronautics AGCS will provide Airbus Helicopters a connectivity solution designed specifically for helicopters with the latest data security certification regulations,” said Astronautics president Chad Cundiff. “Helicopter operators will realize enhanced operational and safety benefits through real-time data access.”