[Avionics Today 03-11-2016] Aircraft data acquisition and management provider Teledyne Controls has signed a new partnership with aerospace software provider PACE to enable better interfacing between aircraft avionics buses and Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs).
Airbus A350 XWB cockpit. Photo: Airbus.
Under the new partnership, Teledyne's GroundLink Comm+ air to ground data transfer system and its integrated Aircraft Interface Device (AID) will interface with PACE's Pacelab flight profile optimizer software to drive live data from aircraft avionics buses to determine the most cost efficient flight trajectories for airspace users. Pacelab's flight profile optimizer uses real time operational and meteorological data and a holistic optimization approach while in-flight to provide pilots with live weather updates direct to their EFB platforms for the remainder of the flight after the most optimal flight trajectory is determined.
Teledyne's GroundLink AID+ Aircraft Communications and Addressing Reporting System (ACARS) proxy interface also provides pilots with notifications for required changes in flight profiles to achieve greater operational and fuel efficiencies. An ACARS proxy allows multiple EFBs to send and receive ACARS messages, supporting pilots with ground and air flight operations communications, the distribution of flight documents, and load sheets.
"By a simple interface with our AID+ unit and the PACE application, we can deliver all of the key flight data, and external data such as weather updates direct to a tablet to enable pilots to make informed decisions about their flight, and proactively find ways of maximizing their fuel efficiency," said Murray Skelton, director of business development at Teledyne Controls.