22/12/2009 ARINC, VIZADA LAUNCH INMARSAT CLASSIC AERONAUTICAL SERVICES

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ARINC Incorporated and Vizada Americas announced the availability of InmarsatClassic Aeronautical voice and data services using the next-generation Inmarsat I-4 satellite constellation.
Effective immediately, the companies will provide Inmarsat Aero H, Aero H+, Aero I, and Aero L packet data services, and Aero H+ voice services, over Inmarsat’s I-4 satellite network, as well as over the previous generation Inmarsat I-3 satellites.
Services available over the new I-4 network will complement those available on the I-3 network.  Inmarsat’s Classic Aero services are currently used on more than 8,000 commercial air transport aircraft, business jets, and military aircraft for operational and safety-critical applications, such as ACARS and Controller-Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC).
ARINC and Vizada continue to anticipate and respond to our customers’ needs by integrating this new satellite network with the world’s most diverse aviation media suite, including GLOBALinkSM VHF, HFDL and Iridium. This diversity results in a robust system that should never leave our customers out of touch, stated Ron Hawkins, ARINC Vice President, Commercial Aviation Solutions.
By offering these industry-standard voice and data services over the new I-4 satellites we are ensuring that our aviation customers have a seamless migration path between the I-3 and I-4 networks. We are committed to providing complementary and dependable aeronautical communications well into the future, said Bob Thompson, ARINC Senior Director, Satellite Services.
Vizada is pleased to partner with ARINC to bring these important services to the market on schedule and with full functionality, stated Bob Baker, President and COO, Vizada Americas.  These are critical communications services for the aeronautical market and we will continue to innovate our network to meet the industry’s evolving needs.
The two companies began joint development efforts in 2008, with ARINC leading the data link engineering efforts and Vizada integrating the voice system capability.  They have since established internetworking connections to the new Inmarsat Satellite Access Stations (SASs) located in Hawaii, USA, and Fucino, Italy.