Rockwell Collins to provide wireless EFB solution for Airbus

Airbus has selected Rockwell Collins to provide an Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) interface and communication unit (EICU) as an option on Airbus A320 and A330 aircraft families, with the application due to be certified and available from 2016.Part of Rockwell Collins’ Secure Server Router product portfolio, the EICU uses technology from the onboard information management system which the company already supplies for other Airbus aircraft types.The EICU’s embedded router securely connects portable and factory-installed EFBs in the cockpit via wireless or wired connections as well as allowing EFBs to interconnect with select onboard and external networks, including the avionics, maintenance information, airline operating centres, connecting gates and the cabin.The unit also features a virtual digital aircraft condition monitoring system (ACMS) recorder (VDAR) that uses the ground cellular and WiFi connectivity to automatically download quick access recorder (QAR) files to airline ground servers.“The EICU is another step in the progression of our information management solutions strategy and an extension of the success we’ve had with Airbus on other aircraft types,” explained Greg Irmen, VP and general manager of flight controls and information systems for Rockwell Collins. “This new EFB solution for A320s and A330s is central to onboard 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.”

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