ANNAPOLIS, Md., 18 March 2015.Rockwell Collins won a seven-year Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) contract to provide its oceanic data link (ODL) service to enable real-time, data communications between pilots and air traffic controllers, the goal of which is to have aircraft fly more efficient routes to save fuel and enhance safety.
Rockwell Collins’ ARINC data link service enables standard procedural requests, such as altitude changes, to be communicated via data transmissions between the FAA’s air route traffic control centers (ARTCCs) in Anchorage, New York, and Oakland and flight crews on future air navigation system (FANS) equipped aircraft. With the service, aircraft can automatically transmit periodic position reports, permitting the FAA to track an aircraft’s location when traveling over the ocean and out of radar range.
“Rockwell Collins ODL service provides a direct data communications link between the FAA oceanic controllers and the flight deck resulting in operational efficiency and better service to the flying public,” Yun Chong, vice president of Aviation Services for Rockwell Collins, explains. “This award complements our long history of providing critical communications services to the FAA.”
Rockwell Collins also has ongoing programs with the FAA to provide oceanic voice service as well as domestic data link services as part of the FAA’s Next Generation Air Transport System (NextGen) initiative.
Rockwell Collins develops and deploys communication and aviation electronic solutions for commercial and government applications, and has expertise in flight deck avionics, cabin electronics, mission communications, simulation and training, and information management services.