Airborne Wireless Set to Conduct Cessna Flight Tests after Clearance from FAA

Airborne WirelessAirborne Wireless Network’s FAA Designated Airworthiness Representative (DAR) has received approval from the FAA to coordinate its 10 Gbps Hybrid RF-controlled and FSO-linked flight testing.

The FAA approval enables the company to proceed with the modification and installation of its Infinitus Super Highway equipment onto two Cessna 172 flight test aircrafts. In addition, the FAA has provided concurrence with the proposed flight test routing and flight test operating area.

This is a significant milestone for the company as it will be a first-of-its-kind demonstration. The goal is to test how quickly the company's patent-pending algorithms can resynchronize the optical link and transfer large data files. Their sophisticated software technology will be used to take thousands of samples and calculate the precise location of each aircraft assigned to the mesh network. The FSO technology is fiber optics without the fiber, according to Airborne.

Since its initial May 31, 2017 RF test flights, Airborne Wireless has expanded on its original U.S. Patent No. 6,285,878 B1 and has worked to increase the precision of its aircraft-locating abilities, which it intends to verify in this demonstration using proprietary predictive algorithms.