|Global ACARS Network. Photo: Rockwell Collins
[Avionics Today 06-04-2015] Rockwell Collins has signed two new agreements for its ARINC GLOBALink service in Korea. The Korea Airports Corporation (KAC), the service provider for airline and civil aviation communications in South Korea, has selected Rockwell Collins to implement an advanced Air-to-Ground (ATG) aviation communications network to support the country’s growing aviation communication requirements. T’way Air, one of South Korea’s fastest growing airlines, will also use Rockwell Collins’ ARINC GLOBALink for its ATG data link communications.
For KAC, the network Rockwell Collins is developing will leverage the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) to provide Pre-Departure Clearance (PDC) and Digital Automatic Terminal Information Service (D-ATIS) message, and will use Very High Frequency (VHF) Digital Link Mode 2 (VDL Mode 2), which is 10 times the capacity of traditional systems, according to the company. While VDL messages are typically routed through a global network of thousands of ground stations, the network Rockwell Collins is implementing will allow certain messages, such as those for Air Traffic Control (ATC), to stay within Korea, just like a private network. This will provide KAC with a high level of security, reliability and speed.
For T’Way Air, Rockwell Collins’ ARINC GLOBALink will help enhance real-time, accurate communications and provide the important information and reports pilots use to increase operational safety and efficiency. “ARINC GLOBALink enables many of our aircraft’s standard air traffic control requests to be automated, improving safety and efficiency, which is good for our airline and our customers,” said Yu Keun-Tae, director of operations control center at T’Way Air.