Satellite communications provider Inmarsat and Airservices Australia will evaluate the use of satellite voice (SATVOICE) for air traffic services in Australia to cover areas beyond the reach of traditional VHF voice radio. The evaluation will take place over the next few months, with the objective of conducting direct controller-to-pilot communications, Inmarsat said March 5. Virgin Australia is serving as the evaluation’s airline partner; it will demonstrate SATVOICE on four of its ...

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