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When it comes to cockpit communications, Iridium is the only satellite provider to offer reliable, two-way communications, anywhere in the world. A critical link between the ground and the sky crews, Iridium is committed to keeping commercial aircraft operating safely and efficiently, from wheels up to wheels down.

Featured Applications

  • Cockpit Communications

    • Cockpit Voice Calling
    • Graphical Weather
    • Flight Plan Updates
    • Navigation Chart & Terrain Database Updates
  • Flight Crew Communications

    • Crew Voice Calling
    • In-Flight Credit Card Processing
    • Ground-Crew Alert for Emergency Medical Services
    • Inventory and Restocking Logistics Management
    • Onboard Equipment Malfunction Alerting
  • Aircraft Monitoring

    • Flight Tracking
    • Flight Data Recorder Streaming
    • Mechanical Monitoring & Exterior Sensor Readings
    • Flight Operational Quality Assessment (FOQA) / Maintenance Operational Quality Assessment (MOQA)
  • Aviation Safety

    • Global Aeronautical Distress & Safety Services (GADSS) / GAT
    • Secure Air Traffic Control/Aeronautical Operational Control (ATC/AOC) Communications for Safety Voice and Future Air Navigation System (FANS)
    • ATS Safety Voice
    • EFB Services / SWIM

Iridium Advantage

The only satellite provider capable of offering critical air-to-ground voice and data safety services anywhere on Earth, Iridium is trusted by many of the world’s leading airlines for cockpit communications. Unlike other providers, Iridium enables efficient communications between onboard crew members, air traffic control, and ground crews in any altitude, regardless of flight path, and even in adverse weather conditions. With a range of connectivity solutions built by leading aviation manufacturing partners, Iridium delivers safety and efficiency advantages at competitive rates.

Network Coverage

The Iridium low-earth orbit (LEO) network provides highly-reliable, truly global coverage through all phases of flight, regardless of altitude. The network delivers L-band services that enable flight crew communications, aviation safety services, and air-to-ground connectivity, anywhere in the world, even in adverse weather conditions.


Iridium Connected® solutions for commercial aircraft are delivered through industry-leading manufacturers with years of aviation communications and safety experience. Antennas are designed to be low-gain and lightweight, creating a very small footprint and offering less drag on the aircraft. Plus, every Iridium Connected solution is built using an industry-standard bolt pattern, meaning they can easily be installed on any airframe.

Low Lifecycle Costs

Iridium’s solid-state equipment offers a low-cost solution for satcom services with lower equipment and service costs than other connectivity providers. With antenna options that utilize omnidirectional technology and electronic steering, aircraft can remain operational during maintenance, and the sturdy equipment operates exceptionally with an extended lifetime, reducing short-term replacement costs.

Range of Choices

With a broad range of Iridium Connected solutions created and delivered by aviation industry experts, Iridium offers competitive products and services for commercial aircraft with low, flexible pricing plans.

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