"Maintaining those cables is difficult and expensive," says Willie Cecil, director of business development at Teledyne Controls, who is looking to leverage AeroMACS once it becomes available.
Going forward, AeroMACS may very well be the best solution for aviation authorities, airlines and airports as they look to upgrade an airport surface communications system that is currently being stretched to its limit, but both Phillips and Cecil
believe the application of AeroMACS can and should be stretched beyond the air traffic applications that are currently driving development.
"One of the logical next steps is that the AeroMACS network that is put in the ground can also be used for the aircraft with an avionics box that goes in the aircraft," says Cecil
"For us, the opportunity we see with AeroMACS is to add the broadband capability it offers to our ground link product line and give these products an upgrade path from what they're using today, which is either Wi-Fi or cellular, or both," said Cecil
, who noted that Teledyne
is standing ready for when AeroMACS becomes available should airlines see the value in upgrading to access the network.