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From search and rescue and off-the-grid work to executive transport and media reporting, helicopters are versatile aircraft with even more versatile operational needs. But, the need for reliable and affordable communications is universal. Iridium provides dependable in-flight connectivity that performs even under the blades, anywhere in the world.

Featured Applications

  • Passenger & Mission Connectivity

    • Voice Calling
    • SMS Messaging
    • High-Speed Internet
    • Social Media
    • Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS)
  • Aircraft Monitoring

    • Flight Tracking
    • Flight Updates
    • Mechanical and Exterior Sensor Readings
    • Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) Services
    • Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS)
  • Fleet Management

    • Usage Monitoring
    • Automated Flight Following (AFF)
    • Cargo Resource Management
    • Group Coordination
    • Push-To-Talk Group Communications
  • Weather Monitoring

    • Navigation Chart
    • Terrain Database Updates
    • Map Graphical Weather Display

Iridium Advantage

Iridium’s network positioning enables several key advantages for rotorcrafts conducting critical missions. Aircraft can stay connected to the ground, or with the rest of their fleets, regardless of location, acceleration speed, changes in altitude, or weather conditions. Iridium® and Iridium Connected® devices operate reliably underneath the rotorcraft’s blades, providing the personnel onboard with the ability to communicate whatever needed at any moment, without losing network coverage.

Connectivity Under the Blades

Iridium satellites dynamically route voice and data communications in space through our mesh network to ensure reliable connectivity anywhere in the world, in even the most remote or high-latitude places. This system is also what allows Iridium to continue to be the only network offering reliable connectivity under moving rotor blades, making it ideal for transmitting critical voice and data comms for those onboard and on the ground.

Range of Solutions

With a broad range of Iridium Connected solutions created and delivered by experts, Iridium offers competitive products and services for commercial aircraft with low, flexible pricing plans. Whether you are seeking an effective helicopter fleet management tool, aircraft telematics, passenger in-flight entertainment, or global group communications, the portfolio of Iridium Connected technology provides ample choices for you.

Two-Way Communications

Iridium offers real-time, two-way voice and data communications through a variety of Iridium and Iridium Connected equipment, ranging from handhelds to integrated avionics. Rotorcraft crew can track the aircraft’s path, display graphical weather maps, or signal for HEMS in an emergency situation, while ground crews can monitor the fleet and provide important updates to those onboard.

Small Form Factor Equipment

Iridium Connected solutions are built on small, lightweight modules, making the development of small, lightweight finished products possible. Plus, low-gain antenna options provide far less drag on rotorcraft, providing dependable communication without sacrificing acceleration speed.

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