Sitaonair and Teledyne Controls are partnering for “the aviation industry’s first-ever airline-integrated ACARS data link terrestrial cellular service,” according to Sitaonair.
“Customers have been very interested to extend datalink functionality to Teledyne’s versatile GroundLink Comm+ system. It is now easy to quickly and securely transfer datalink data over 3G/4G wireless cellular networks worldwide,” said Marshall Dormire, VP of Business Development & Strategy for Teledyne Controls. “The GroundLink Comm+ system automates the wireless distribution of navigation databases and Software Parts, provides data interfaces for cockpit Electronic Flight Bags, and now provides datalink over terrestrial cellular IP, all while systematically collecting recorded flight data from the airline’s fleet and delivering it to the airline.”
Sitaonair said benefits of the solution include:
- Increased capacity for message transmission with levels of service, support and proactive monitoring that airlines have come to expect
- Relieving traditional data link networks in congested airports
- Delivering the service through consistent interfaces and integrating the data link infrastructure for seamless service delivery across networks
- Supplementing very high frequency (VHF) data link ground coverage in sparse areas