West Star Aviation, headquartered at East Alton, IL, has received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the installation of a Future Air Navigation System (FANS) Controller Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) application on F900B aircraft.
The CPDL-C is a data link application that allows for direct exchange of text-based messages between the controller and a pilot. This application improves communication capabilities in areas that usually require Third Party HF communication relay such as oceanic and enroute airspace. The pilot is provided with the capability to respond to messages, request clearances, report, and declare/rescind an emergency. This application was designed to update and supplement the F900B aircraft’s current communication equipment.
“We are proud to continue certifying new avionics solutions for corporate aircraft. These include F900B STCs for the Honeywell CDS/R LCD cockpit upgrade, WAAS/LPV, TCAS 7.1 and ADS-B. The FANS solution is considered to be stand-alone, but could be completed with these other STC options,” said Marty Rhine, Director of Sales, West Star Aviation.