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FLYHT and Spectralux Avionics Integrate Systems Creating New Enhanced FANS over Iridium Offering for Airlines

Together the FLYHT AFIRS 228S System and the Spectralux Envoy Data Link Unit streamline safety compliance

CALGARY, Alberta, Sept. 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd. (TSX-V: FLY) (OTCQX: FLYLF) (the “Company” or “FLYHT”) today announced that its AFIRS™ 228S (Automated Flight Information Reporting System) component has been integrated with Spectralux’s Envoy FANS Data Link Unit (“Future Air Navigation System”) (“DLU“). Together the systems offer a streamlined upgrade option for airlines to obtain a cost-effective FANS over Iridium solution—a requirement for flying over the world’s oceanic regions.

“This is another important milestone for FLYHT’s AFIRS system,” said Steve Newell, FLYHT’s vice president, business development. “Airlines looking for a FANS solution will appreciate having a low-cost alternative to an OEM service bulletin. When installed together, operators gain VHF data radio capabilities through the DLU, and the AFIRS 228S’ Satcom voice and data capabilities. We are pleased that our TSO 159B AFIRS Satcom unit is fully interoperable with Spectralux’s DLU.”

The combined offering is an economical solution for airlines managing older aircraft fleets because it provides compliance with satellite-based (Satcom) voice and data capabilities. With Satcom voice and data, AFIRS enables airlines to fly in airspace where VHF communications are not available. The Envoy DLU, a standalone, highly integrated, lightweight component, offers enhancements to safety and efficiency in the modern Communications, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) Air Traffic Management (ATM) environment. It incorporates a Multifunction Control Display Unit (MCDU) for text-based communication and data entry, a VHF Digital Radio for data communications, and a Communications Management Unit (CMU) which manages communications between airline pilots and Air Traffic Control. Envoy is designed to meet future ATM standards with unique software technology called “True Dual Stack CPDLC” (Controller-pilot Data Link Communications). This functionality allows flight crew to select the appropriate communications protocol, depending on specific airspace requirements and be compliant with European and North Atlantic FANS mandates. To fly oceanic routes, aircraft must be FANS-compliant by 2020.

“We have long understood that airlines with FANS-compliant aircraft obtain a wide variety of benefits, which is why we developed our Envoy system to be a lightweight, highly integrated unit,” said Scott McCammant, Spectralux Aviation’s president. “These systems help maintain safety, lessen pilot workload, and allow airlines to fly preferred more direct routes which can result in fuel savings. We are pleased to integrate Envoy with AFIRS. Collectively, the systems are a good fit for retrofitting older aircraft to obtain FANS compliance.” 

About Spectralux Avionics

Spectralux Avionics is a leading aerospace electronics company that develops and manufactures high reliability data link communication equipment that provides FANS 1/A, ATN CPDLC, AOC ACARS, and Condition-based Global Flight Tracking. Additionally, Spectralux Avionics provides human machine interface products that span the gamut of aviation requirements for critical aircraft systems that impact crew efficiency, performance and control, annunciation and lighting. Spectralux Avionics has a proven record providing data link communication products as well as lighted panels, keyboards, complex electronic assemblies and controls to regional and commercial air transport, business aviation, military programs, and now space with control panel assemblies for the Orion Spacecraft.

Spectralux Avionics also maintains an FAA and EASA approved Part-145 repair center covering class 2 and 3 accessories (#VLXR781L). Learn more by visiting

About FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd.

2018 marks FLYHT’s 20th anniversary as a leader in real-time aircraft data streaming. FLYHT’s mission is to improve aviation safety, efficiency and profitability (located in Calgary, Canada; publicly traded as: FLY:TSX.V; FLYLF:OTCQX). Airlines, leasing companies, fractional owners and original equipment manufacturers have installed the Automated Flight Information Reporting System (AFIRS) on their aircraft. The solution is used to capture, process and stream aircraft data providing real-time alerts. AFIRS sends this information through satellite networks to FLYHT’s UpTime Cloud data center, which gives aircraft operators direct insight into the operational status and health of their aircraft, which in turn enables them to take corrective action to maintain the highest standard of operational control. For more information visit

Contact Information:
FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd.
Alana Forbes
Chief Financial Officer
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Deborah Honig
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