Newport News, Va. - International Communications Group, Inc. (ICG) has announced that it has received Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) from the FAA to produce an updated version of its NxtLink 200 Iridium Communications System with fax and Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) capabilities. The approval, which was granted during the first week of July 2008, expands the in-flight communications options for all aircraft, specifically for G150 and G200 operators.
“ICG continues to lead the business aviation industry in providing versatility and added capabilities in satellite communications,” said Jeff Saucedo, Vice President of Product Sales for ICG. “With this version of the 200 now added to our long list of PMA products, our customers can easily upgrade their Satcom systems,” Saucedo states. “This upgrade includes a direct interface for fax and ACARS, and makes the transition from office to airplane virtually seamless for all operators.” ”The NxtLink 200’s added weather graphics feature can even enhance the safety and comfort of flight by providing the crew with an additional resource to use in avoiding threatening weather.”
ICG has been providing NxtLink 200 (or ICS-200, as it was previously known) units to Gulfstream since 2005. The NxtLink 200 incorporates two channels of Iridium that can support voice, fax and ACARS all in one unit. Its dual Iridium transceivers with an internal CTU provide a standalone, comprehensive communications system that can operate over a single coax and Iridium antenna. It works with either standard 2-Wire “Tip and Ring” circuits or 4-Wire audio connections to provide intercom calling, call transfer, conferencing and follow on dialing. The NxtLink 200 is simple to operate, with standard dialing conventions, PABX operations and familiar call progress tones. It is the ideal solution for aircraft requiring no more than six telephone connections and seamless global communications services without the inconveniences of hand-offs or no service areas.
About ICG (www.icg.aero)
International Communications Group, Inc. (ICG) of Newport News, Va. is a recognized leader within the aerospace industry, in the development and manufacture of aeronautical communications systems and solutions for the General Aviation and Air Transport industries. ICG’s products provide satellite-based global voice and data telecommunications services for both cabin requirements and flight deck operations. Implementation of ICG avionics provides a comprehensive communications solution that can be customized for any size airframe or application. Products include: CTU systems, corded and cordless handsets, single- and multi-channel Iridium systems and data management devices. Markets for ICG products are the aerospace, military and maritime industries. ICG, a major Iridium value-added manufacturer (VAM) and value-added reseller (VAR), has developed a wide range of Iridium-based solutions and products for mobile satellite communications applications. ICG is an approved FAA manufacturing facility and many products carry FAA Parts Manufacturing Authorization (PMA).