Teledyne Controls, of El Segundo, Calif., received FAA Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for its enhanced Airborne Data Loader (eADL) and wireless communication system AirLAN on Continental Airlines’ Boeing 737-NGs. With Teledyne’s AirLAN and eADL, Continental Airlines can electronically transfer software parts directly from the ground to the enhanced Airborne Data Loader, eliminating the need to manually carry and load hundreds of floppy disks onto aircraft, according to Teledyne
In addition to the AirLAN and eADL installation, Continental Airlines also selected Teledyne’s LoadStar Server Enterprise (LSE) for a comprehensive Wireless Loadable Software Parts (LSP) Distribution System (WLDS). LSE is a web-based software tool designed to perform software configuration control and management through a web browser.
“The AirLAN, combined with the eADL, is a forward step toward our goal of distributing software directly to the aircraft,” said Phil Hardy, avionics engineer with Continental Airlines. “The time it takes to receive, package and position monthly database updates has literally gone from days to hours. Aircraft connected wirelessly to our network can receive the database update and have it in eADL storage within an hour.”