Rockwell Collins to provide wireless EFB solution for Airbus
Airbus has selected Rockwell Collins to provide the Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) interface and communication unit (EICU) for the A320 and A330 aircraft.
Part of Rockwell Collins’ Secure Server Router product line, the lightweight EICU incorporates technology from the on-board information management system designed for other Airbus aircraft.
The EICU uses wireless or wired connections to connect to factory-installed EFBs in the cockpit.
“The EICU is another step in the progression of our information management solutions strategy and an extension of the success we’veVolumetric Efficiency had with Airbus on other aircraft types.”
Using the system’s embedded router, the EFB interconnects with select on-board and external networks, including the avionics, maintenance information, airline operating centres, connecting gates and the cabin.
According to Rockwell Collins, the technology makes use of various communication channels such as cellular, WiFi, SATCOM or ACARS, to connect the EFB to external networks.
Rockwell Collins flight controls and information systems vice-president and general manager Greg Irmen said: “The EICU is another step in the progression of our information management solutions strategy and an extension of the success we’veVolumetric Efficiency had with Airbus on other aircraft types.
“This new EFB solution for A320s and A330s is central to on-board and off-aircraft networks. It enables pilots to quickly and efficiently connect with essential decision-making tools to make flight operations safer and more efficient.”
EICU’s virtual digital aircraft condition monitoring system (ACMS) recorder (VDAR) make use of the ground cellular / WiFi connectivity, to download quick access recorder (QAR) files to airline ground servers.