Monday, December 22, 2014

CPDLC - Connecting 40% of the pilots to 70% of the controllers

I read this article from Woodrow Bellamy, Avionics Magazine, updating status of CPDLC programs and professing voice congestion was a growing concern and required benefit from CPDLC

(controller - pilot data link communication)

Advancing CPDLC

Friday, October 10, 2014

When "Black and White" is better than a Rainbow

Flying home from a committee meeting where we discussed miswiring,
I look up and find that the no-smoking and seat-belt wiring are reversed only on the indicators over my seat!
Miswiring, typically when two connectors are mistakenly swapped, can become a hazard to the airplane and airplane systems.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

In-Flight Telemetry


Is it technically feasible for a flight data acquisition unit parametric feed, normally directed to the crash-survivable digital flight data recorder, to be also transmitted in real time?

Sunday, September 28, 2014

I hate it when my free Internet doesn't work?



Are people more frustrated and vocal with the experience they pay for?

ACARS needs to embrace modern data links using IP



If only ACARS could look beyond VHF and L-Band

The popularity of a product is somewhat related to its price, where free is in its own universe


Norwegian Air, which gives away Internet access that cannot fulfill but a few with unlimited desires, much less everyone's, is in fact a wildly popular part of their award-winning passenger experience.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

FANS-1 ACARS and Satcom must pass Airplane Equipment Interoperability Test (AEIT) (1995)

Boeing sold production and retrofit commitments to install and certify FANS-1 functionality without regard to specific ACARS and SATCOM part numbers.  All existing ACARS, and many SATCOM systems, do not support the Airplane Equipment Interoperability Test (AEIT) requirements.

Until their ACARS and SATCOM are approved, customers who purchased the FANS-1 changes will not be able to activate the air traffic services (ATS) function, which is not what they are expecting.

Airplane Personality Module

I presented opposition to the Airplane Personality Module, for reasons stated in this paper.

Airplane Personality Module (1996)

The decision was made to proceed, and ARINC 607 supplement was published in Aug 1998.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

TRANSITIONAL USE OF ARINC SPECIFICATION 622 (1994)

COMMENTS ON DRAFT REPORT ON ATNP/1 AGENDA ITEM 2:

"COMMUNICATION ASPECTS OF INTERFACING APPLICATIONS TO THE ATN (E.G...TRANSITIONAL USE OF ARINC SPECIFICATION 622",
14 JUNE 1994.

Inmarsat Satellite Communications (1994)

Four years after the first satcom on 747-400,  here is a snapshot of the technology, the interfaces, and the applications.