Posted on: 04 June 2015 by Mark Howells
In two separate agreements, Korea Airports Corporation (KAC) and Korea’s T’Way Air have chosen Rockwell Collins’ ARINC GLOBALink to implement an advanced air-to-ground aviation communications network and its air-to-ground data link communications respectively.
“Our expertise in communications messaging combined with our understanding of the Korean market ideally positions Rockwell Collins to provide these two leading organisations with robust solutions for their aviation communication needs,” said Heament John Kurian, managing director, IMS Asia Pacific for Rockwell Collins. “These two significant contracts mark another key milestone in our successful strategy to invest and grow our business in the country and throughout the entire region.”
For KAC, the network Rockwell Collins is developing will leverage the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) to provide pre-departure clearance and digital automatic terminal information service message, and will use Very High Frequency Digital Link Mode 2, which is 10 times the capacity of traditional systems.
While typically VDL messages are routed through a global network of thousands of ground stations, the network Rockwell Collins is implementing will allow certain messages, like Air Traffic Control, to stay within Korea, just like a private network. This will provide KAC with the high level of security, reliability and speed it requires.
Rockwell Collins’ ARINC GLOBALink and other value added services will help T’Way Air to enhance communications and provide the information pilots use to increase operational safety and efficiency.
“Now we can provide real time data relevant to flight safety and customer service with pilots in command efficiently. We are proud of using Rockwell Collins to monitor aircraft situations on the ground and support passengers satisfactorily,” explained Yu Keun-Tae, director of the Operations Control Center at T’Way Air. “ARINC GLOBALink enables many of our aircraft’s standard air traffic control requests to be automated, improving safety and efficiency, which is good for our airline and our customers.”
With this latest agreement, all of Korea’s major low-fare airlines are now using ARINC GLOBALink to enable aircraft flying throughout the region to seamlessly communicate and exchange information with ground crews and airline host systems.