Posted on: 25 February 2010 by Ross McSweeny
Southwest Airlines has implemented Teledyne Controls’ LoadStar Server Enterprise (LSE) software and PMAT 2000 Portable Maintenance Access Terminal to support data distribution and loading across its entire fleet.
The airline will use the LSE software along with 30 PMAT 2000 systems to configure, distribute and load Loadable Software Parts (LSPs) onto its Boeing 737s at 26 maintenance locations.
“This is an exciting opportunity for Teledyne to support Southwest Airlines’ data distribution and loading operation,” remarked Marshall Dormire, technical sales director for Teledyne Controls’ Data Loading Solutions. "Teledyne’s enterprise level distribution and loading solution meets Southwest Airlines’ data loading initiatives. We’re pleased to support these requirements and look forward to providing more avionics solutions to support their expanding requirements in the future.”
The LSE software manages electronic LSP distribution and data collection to and from data loaders and airborne servers through airline networks, WiFi and cellular links. When used with PMAT 2000 systems, LSE distributes the LSPs to the PMAT 2000 data loader, which loads them into the LRUs, while collecting other aircraft data that LSE automatically returns to centralized servers for engineering review and analysis. With LSE, airlines can transition from manual LSP distribution, based on floppy disks, CDs and paper?based methods, to a paperless and automatic distribution process that maintains the entire fleet’s library files. This speeds-up information delivery, reduces costs and improves process management for all software part types and most aircraft generated data.