Greenwich AeroGroup, LiveTV test connectivity system on Sikorsky helicopters

LiveTV, a wholly owned subsidiary of JetBlue Airways, and the aviation services company Greenwich AeroGroup have tested their LiveAero connectivity solution on Sikorsky’s aircraft.

Greenwich AeroGroup and LiveAero, a subsidiary of LiveTV, installed LiveAero’s systems into seven Sikorksy S-92 custom-equipped helicopters for primary use in search and rescue missions. The high-speed connectivity of the system will enable medical personnel to access live broadband, voice and video links to medical facilities, in order to provide inflight care and triage, a press release said.

“We see this technology as a vital tool for rotorcraft in search and rescue, VIP and off-shore transportation, medical emergency, law enforcement and border patrol roles,” Daniel Lafrance, vice president of sales and marketing for AeroGroup, said in the release. “LiveAero’s broadband connectivity enables mission critical data and real-time video transmissions at very competitive cost.”

The high-speed connectivity solution, powered by the Iridium OpenPort broadband service, was demonstrated on a Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. 2-92A helicopter, ensuring pole-to-pole connectivity by leveraging Iridium’s network of Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites, the release said.

“On board connectivity is becoming increasingly important,” Tom Tully, engineering project manager for Sikorsky Aircraft Corp, said in the release.  “The immunity of LiveAero’s satellite network connectivity to rotor blockage is impressive. This now enables us to offer data transfer systems not previously considered for airborne rotorcraft operation.”

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, is a subsidiary of Hartford-based United Technologies, specializing in helicopter design, manufacture, and service. Greenwich AeroGroup owns and operates providers of general, commercial, government and military aviation services.

Olivia Just