Enabling the connected aircraft

The lifeblood of aviation’s information age is information itself: the massive volume of data carrying everything from passenger reservations to critical flight instructions to maintenance records. Transmitting that data between aircraft at 30,000 feet and the many recipients on the ground securely, reliably and resiliently is crucial. Equally crucial is ensuring that it plays a valuable role for its users – from flight attendants to pilots to back offices.

7.5 billion messages a year

Rockwell Collins created the first global aviation data communications network in 1987. Today it encompasses a combination of VHF, HF and satcom channels spanning more than 230 counties and connecting to more than 600 data processing centers and airports worldwide. In fact, our ARINC global network transmits voice and data link messages – 7.5 billion messages a year – with 99.999% reliability. And today we’re expanding our networks throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa by increasing the number of VHF ground stations and enhancing network capacity.

The networked aircraft

We are at the forefront of the fully connected aircraft, providing onboard servers, routers and wireless access points, end-to-end global broadband connectivity services and cybersecurity solutions that protect the entire aviation network. Our 2015 acquisition of the International Communications Group (ICG) added cutting-edge Iridium® satcom terminals and smart routers, accelerating our vision of being a leader in end-to-end information management solutions for airlines and business jet operators.

Value-added applications and services

Pilots, crews, airlines and operators can benefit from a wide range of value-added applications and services, including real-time weather and flight plan updates, live credit card authorizations and our ARINC MultiLinkSM global flight tracking. In April we announced our new ARINC flight data display, which gives airlines web-based situational awareness of their entire fleet in a simple, clear interface.

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