Viva Air, a low-cost airline in Latin America, will become the first airline in the region to benefit from a new suite of wireless data loading technology from Teledyne Controls.
This will further improve the efficiency and dispatch ability of its fleet, increase the speed of uploading new software and navigation databases (NDBs), and streamline maintenance processes.
The 50 new A320ceo/neo aircraft will feature Teledyne Controls’ suite, including its Flight Data Interface and Management Unit (FDIMU), which is the industry standard for data acquisition on Airbus aircraft, and the Application Generation Software (AGS) tool to maximise Aircraft Condition Monitoring System (ACMS) capability.
They will also feature Teledyne’s Loadstar Server Enterprise (LSE) to manage the configuration, storage and electronic distribution of software parts to individual aircraft, and the enhanced Airborne Data Loader (eADL) that allows software parts to be electronically distributed and loaded across the entire fleet.
Viva Air’s data distribution and loading process will be automated even further with Teledyne’s GroundLink Comm+ system (a wireless quick access recorder and communication device) that provides cellular wireless connectivity between LSE and the eADL.
The GroundLink system is installed and operational on more than 14,000 aircraft worldwide. Viva Air will also be the first airline in the region to subscribe to Teledyne’s new SIM Service to provide a single point of contact for the solution, including the necessary data plan.
Elizabeth Solis, Sales and Services Manager of Latin America of Teledyne Controls, says that this integrated approach will deliver significant operational benefits.
“Teledyne’s GroundLink Dataloading solution accelerates information delivery, minimises costs and optimises efficiency, compliance, quality control and process management,” she said.
With the eADL connected via Ethernet to the GroundLink Comm+ system, software parts can be wirelessly transmitted from the LSE ground system directly to the eADL’s internal mass memory.
From there, at the operator’s command, the software parts can be loaded directly to the target LRUs. This ensures that the latest version of software is installed, while reducing data loading time and eliminating the need to reproduce, distribute and load countless floppy disks each month.
Additionally, this keeps human intervention to a minimum and gives operators the ability to load their aircraft at multiple hubs, increasing their on-time dispatch performance.
The LSE software will enable Viva Air’s flight operations to have a complete overview of the status of every aircraft in its fleet.
Flight Ops can see which software parts and databases have been loaded remotely, which is not only vital for daily operations but also critical for providing a complete audit trail.
Nicolas Takahashi, Vice President of Maintenance of Viva Air said: “One of our values is efficiency and with this new provider we will be able to optimise processes, both in the speed of flight information and savings in maintenance in execution of tasks.”
“We value selecting suppliers who are well recognised in the aviation industry, and Teledyne was able to prove its success in the market with other airlines such as Ryanair, Viva Aerobus, and others which also helped us make the decision.”