The Arkansas Airport Operators Association (AAOA) in the United States of America is responsible for most of the 91 airports in Arkansas.
The Assistant Airport Director, Mr Mark Mellinger recognized the need for a reliable Airport centric emergency communications system that was not reliant on infrastructure and would allow communications of both voice and data.
A Barrett HF radio communications solution was proposed by NVIS Communications, a Barrett approved Systems Integrator in the USA. Mr John Rosica, President of NVIS Communications, commented “we knew the solution we proposed would provide first class emergency communications; but it also required an FCC license for specific HF channels and an Arkansas Department of Aeronautics grant. We assisted Mr Mellinger in submitting a strong case for the license and grant, both of which were approved.”