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aeromacs communications

RUGGEDCOM WIN 5.1 GHz provides AeroMACS (Aeronautical Mobile Airport Communications System) data link technology to support airport surface communications.

The AeroMACS technology is based on IEEE802.16e which is also the WiMAX standard. The RUGGEDCOM WIN family supports IEEE802.16e with set of frequencies starting at 1.4 GHz, covering specific frequency bands all the way to 5.8 GHz. Using the 5091–5150 MHz band, allocated by the ITU at the World Radio Communication Conference 2007 (WRC-07), the RUGGEDCOM WIN products are able to offer AeroMACS services to airports around the world.

Aeronautical Mobile Airport Communications System


RUGGEDCOM WIN family of products is the first field proven broadband wireless product portfolio designed for AeroMACS, delivering the benefits of carrier-grade 4G technology to airport operations.

AeroMACS is one of the three core technologies of the Future Communication Infrastructure (FCI) framework, which combines the vision of the FAA’s Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) in the US, and Europe’s Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR). The other technologies are satellite for communication with airplanes over the ocean and LDACS for terrestrial air/ground system, used to communicate with airplanes over ground and high in the air.


The WiMAX technology was selected for its unique Quality of Service (QoS) characteristics and its communication performance advantages, featuring:

  • High throughput
  • Modern authentication and encryption
  • Low delay
  • Uplink basing and mobility (hand-over) capabilities
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