November 9, 2015, Surrey, British Columbia —

Global aviation leaders met at Powertech Labs in September for the first Aeronautical Mobile Airport Communications System (AeroMACS) Multi-vendor Interoperability Demonstration Event hosted by the WiMAX Forum. This Interoperability event enabled a number of AeroMACS equipment manufacturers to conduct rigorous hands-on interoperability testing of their leading-edge AeroMACS equipment.

AeroMACS is a standardized C-Band airport surface communications system based on the IEEE 802.16 standard for mobile broadband data operating in the protected aviation spectrum band from 5091 to 5150 MHz. It is the wireless solution for the next-generation standard in Air Traffic Management (ATM) selected by EUROCONTROL and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and ratified by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for the provision of dedicated aeronautical communication services for safety and regularity of flight on the airport surface globally.

The inaugural AeroMACS Multi-vendor Interoperability Demonstration Event highlights the interest in delivering broadband wireless services to the aeronautical industry using AeroMACS technology. This interoperability testing event showcases the capabilities of AeroMACS equipment and sets the stage for full Certification for AeroMACS technology. The WiMAX Forum and Powertech Labs will offer Certification of Radio Conformance by the end of 2015 with Certification for Protocol Conformance and Interoperability Conformance along with Network and Security elements in 2016. These AeroMACS Certifications are required by Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) across the globe.
The WiMAX Forum has been organizing interoperability events since 2005. This Event is the latest equipment testing session in a sequence of highly successful interoperability events aimed at helping member companies prepare for AeroMACS Certified equipment testing. Participating WiMAX Forum member companies include Gemtek, Hitachi, Selex, Siemens, and Telrad.

Each AeroMACS equipment supplier conducted a series of stringent and extensive interoperability tests with base and subscriber stations, in the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) assigned 5.091 to 5.150 GHz frequency band.

Raymond Lings, CEO at Powertech Labs Inc., stated, “Powertech Labs was delighted to host the inaugural AeroMACS Interoperability event. Here at Powertech we believe that interoperability is the cornerstone of our efforts in advancing the use of wireless in critical infrastructure networks, such as the power industry and aviation.”

“The demonstrated interoperability between the AeroMACS equipment vendors made this event a tremendous success. This first and subsequent conformance tests will create a wireless ecosystem that can support aeronautical applications,” said Eugene Crozier, Wireless Specialist at Powertech Labs Inc.

For more information contact:

Vidya Vankayala – 604.598.5010
Smart Utilities Technologies

Eugene Crozier – 604.598.5022
Sr. Engineer
Wireless Specialist