The ILA Berlin Air Show saw Rockwell Collins’ latest training systems last week, as the company featured its Common Architecture Avionic System (CAAS) and Cockpit and Joint Secure Air Combat Training System (JSAS).
CAAS reduces crew workload with integrated multiple communications, weapons and mission sensor subsystems and navigation, focussing on increased safety and operational awareness.
JSAS delivers the first certified, four-level Multi Independent Levels of Security (MILS) training equipment for both ground-based and airborne applications.
In addition, Rockwell Collins featured its Flight Mission Computer FMC-4000 radios and TELDIX space wheel.
Since the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 in March 2014, the aviation industry has held global flight tracking standards under close scrutiny, led by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).
ICAO want to have global flight tracking standardised, with positioning reporting at 15-minute intervals under normal flight conditions, and reporting every minute for aircraft under ‘distress’ conditions. The body authorised by the UN, overseers of aviation safety in this respect, has asked that these conditions be mandatory by the end of 2018.
ICAO is working with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to ensure, through simulations, that the proposed tracking standard is possible in what they deem to be ‘real-world conditions’.
The technology is already in place to determine safe and reliable flight tracking on a global scale. Providers of flight tracking systems and aircraft communications, such as Rockwell Collins’ ARINC AviNet, rely on a robust system architecture, and multiple data sources, to deliver accurate aircraft positioning via Inmarsat satellite communications.
Rockwell Collins has validated Inmarsat’s Jet ConneX (JX) network performance in addition to a portion of its value-added services through the business aviation arm, ARINCDirect.
As a value-added reseller, ARINCDirect will offer Jet ConneX to its business jet operators to deliver high-speed aircraft internet, delivering the highest connection speeds and a greater efficiency in the use of bandwidth over the Ka-band.
Rockwell Collins’ ARINCDirect provide business aviation services, including flight planning and support, in addition to its flight deck and passenger communications solutions.
CityJet flight AF1558 received an RAF fighter jet escort last week following a failed communications system over the UK.
The Air France aircraft reportedly went off-course during its flight bound for Newcastle, losing part of its communications system over an area of Yorkshire.
The Royal Air Force launched a quick scramble of two Typhoon fighter planes to identify the aircraft that was unresponsive.
Once communications were re-established, the Air France flight landed safely. Although Air France confirmed the incident in a later Tweet, the cause of the radio silence has not yet been confirmed.
Last month, the US Senate introduced the Cybersecurity Standards for Aircraft to Improve Resilience Act (Cyber AIR Act). This move requires the FAA to introduce guidelines for the aviation industry in addition to the requirement of airlines to report any and every instance of cyber-attack to the government.
In a technologically-advancing age, cybersecurity in the aviation industry is becoming increasingly necessary, with potentially disastrous consequences on the table for failure to keep information management systems secure. Millions of pieces of mission-critical data, and personal passenger information is exchanged between agencies, government bodies and aviation businesses every day, and access to it is strictly regulated.
Providers of cybersecurity solutions for key infrastructure in airports and secure facilities all over the world deliver a wide range of products and technology to ensure industry standards are met and integration remains fully managed.
Technavio, leading market research reports providers, announced the top five AIS market providers that they expect will lead the way until the end of the decade.
Airport operators are coming under increasing pressure as systems become more advanced, and requirements and expectations rise. The global aviation industry is growing at a rate of more than 5% year-on-year in terms of passenger traffic, and systems integration is critical to ensure smooth and efficient airport operations.
Four of the top five providers are based in Europe, with just one, Rockwell Collins, based outside the EU.
Rockwell Collins, with its acquisition of ARINC three years ago, has gone from strength to strength in this sector of the industry with superior integration processes for airports across the world.
AviNet Airport is just one of its powerful solutions, giving operational agility to the airport environment and leveraging the proven AviNet network for seamless reliability in the messaging environment.
CPDLC (Controller-Pilot Data Link Communications) gives operators enhanced efficiency and the opportunity to reduce operational costs with the ability to receive direct clearance from ATC. This Departure Clearance Functionality was tested this week in Kentucky by Universal Avionics using their Cessna Citation 7.
Increasing efficiency is critical both on the ground and on the flight deck, and minimising flight crew workload, saving time and reducing costs are high priorities on the agenda of many an operator.
The functionality test recorded clearance delivery in just 22 seconds at the FAA tech centre, and Universal Avionics announce their testing as a success.
Providers of CPDLC to supplement voice communications recognise the need for reliability, and prepare to ready the industry for compliance before the end of the decade.
Rockwell Collins has announced that Air China has renewed its contract for ARINC GLOBALink, the leading air-ground data communications package, providing a secure messaging platform for critical inflight messaging.
Air China also has Rockwell Collins’ comprehensive communications suites, including VHF, SATCOM and HFDL to ensure coverage over a diverse range of aircraft communications.
The contract renewal comes in line with the plans that Air China has for expansion of its international routes and fleet.
Cybersecurity is a hot, and much debated topic. This is not new news, as the integrity of software solutions, hardware and aircraft communications systems, particularly onboard small, private aircraft has been discussed by operators and hackers alike.
The U.S. and European aviation authorities, although in agreement about the need to improve standards, are experiencing a divided opinion about the methods to employ to combat potential attacks to cybersecurity.
Most of the discord seems to stem from the regulatory standards about the size of aircraft, and the scope of regulations to be applied. The U.S. FAA wants to impose standard for large aircraft, and fear that U.S. companies will find it difficult to sell flight management systems in Europe.
European officials from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) believe that all aircraft, regardless of size or operational scope, should be subject to the same cybersecurity regulations.
The FAA has been tasked with the creation of a panel to discuss and propose new regulatory standards by the middle of next year.
Cybersecurity is increasing in importance since the spate of infiltrations last year of digital aviation systems. Aviation cybersecurity solutions providers maintain that reliable security systems can protect vital infrastructure in addition to the provision of physical security. It seems that both are equally important as potential threats continue to increase around the world.
Mission critical communications in airports is an essential part of operations, securely delivering and receiving aviation messaging such as accident management, personnel communications, ATS and passenger information.
Reliable, on-the-ground messaging within the airport environment, or from business-to-business, can mean the difference between efficient operational productivity, or costly ground delays. Mission critical communications providers around the world rely on messaging networks to deliver these transmissions swiftly and securely, often using Type B protocols.
Miami International Airport has selected Everbridge to provide their system upgrades to assist and improve incident response times and minimise errors within their messaging environment.