Rockwell has been awarded a seven year contract with the to provide the company’s oceanic data link (ODL) service to enable real-time data communications between pilots and air traffic controllers, allowing aircraft to fly more efficient routes to save fuel and enhance safety.

The Rockwell ARINC data link service enables standard procedural requests, like altitude changes, to be communicated via data transmissions between the FAA’s air route traffic control centers in Anchorage, New York and Oakland and flight crews on future air navigation system equipped aircraft. The service also allows aircraft to automatically transmit periodic position reports, enabling the to track an aircraft’s location when traveling over the ocean and out of radar range.

Collins’ ODL service provides a direct data communications link between the FAA oceanic controllers and a flight deck resulting in operational efficiency and better service to the flying public – not to mention enhanced safety.

Its great to see the rapidly evolving real-time tracking of aircraft using new and existing systems.  A solution to prevent another situation like the still missing MH370 is crucial.

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