Qantas is further extending its use of the GroundLink multi-application communication system from Teledyne Controls to include the wireless data distribution of software parts.
It is also conducting a new trial to deliver enhanced cockpit connectivity using broadband to include real-time aircraft parameter streaming.
The airline, recognised recently for installing Teledyne’s 10,000th GroundLink system, was the first ever customer to use the GroundLink WQAR system in 2001 for wirelessly downloading flight data after every flight.
An essential part of the Qantas’ Flight Operational Quality Assurance (FOQA) programme for more than 15 years, GroundLink has been continually upgraded, first to the new GroundLink (GL) Comm + unit, then with new applications such as GL Dataloading, and, most recently, GL AID+.
GroundLink Comm+, now installed on all Qantas aircraft, enhances traditional functionality to provide the airline with a robust and dependable solution to wirelessly connect aircraft equipment with its back-office systems.
The technology, featuring multiple channels of cellular high-speed data, requires no infrastructure investment and delivers efficiency improvements for numerous applications that can benefit from aircraft onboard recording systems when the aircraft is on the ground.
GroundLink AID+ extends all Aircraft Interface Device (AID) functions to WiFi-enabled EFB systems and other crew devices through a cockpit wireless network available in all flight phases.
Qantas is currently undertaking fleetwide trials to use the GroundLink AID+ integrated with a Qantas in-house developed Electronic Flight Bag application to optimize fuel consumption.
Peter Alexander, Manager Technical Programmes at Qantas, said: “Teledyne Controls continues to play an important role in further enhancing the airline’s operational performance by enabling real time cockpit connectivity beyond the traditional means.”
Masood Hassan, President of Teledyne Controls, added: “Qantas has been a valued customer from the very beginning, and we have worked closely together on developing new ways of tackling old problems that ultimately benefit the wider airline industry and manufacturers.”