A study released at the World ATM Congress in Madrid this week suggests that satellite communication (satcom) in the cockpit has saved airlines more than $3 billion over the last 15 years. The study, conducted by aviation consultancy Helios on behalf of satcom service provider Inmarsat, points to benefits in safety and efficiency made possible by satcom in oceanic airspace as being the key generators of these savings. The study found that a single air traffic control (ATC) benefit ...

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