El Segundo, CA | March 22, 2016– Teledyne Controls, the leader in aircraft data management, has opened a new office in Renton, Washington – to be close to Boeing’s commercial airplane operations and their airline customer representatives based in the Seattle area.

Since 2013, Teledyne has been working with Boeing to develop and certify the next generation of data management avionics system, including the enhanced Digital Flight Data Acquisition Unit (eDFDAU), and the second-generation Network File Server (NFS2) for installation and operation on the 737 MAX that recently entered its flight test phase.

The eDFDAU and NFS2 are the next evolution of Supplier Furnished Equipment (SFE) avionics systems that Teledyne supplies to Boeing and airlines today. Teledyne’s current DFDAU is installed in over two thirds of all of the Next-Generation 737s manufactured today as Buyer Furnished Equipment (BFE), while the current generation NFS1 is either standard or optional equipment on the Next Generation 737, 777, 747-8 and KC-46.

Teledyne’s new Renton site includes offices, a video-enabled conference room, and lab facilities. Masood Hassan, President of Teledyne Controls, says that being physically close to Boeing will further strengthen their business relationship:

“Boeing continues to recognize our experience and innovation in providing not only the latest state-of-the-art data acquisition and network server systems for its aircraft, but also a collaborative approach in support of Boeing’s wider commercial objectives.”

The new office will be formally opened on March 30, 2016 which will include an Open House event.

El Segundo, CA | March 2016– Teledyne Controls, the aircraft data and information management business, and aerospace software provider PACE have signed a new partnership deal that will enable airlines and individual flight crews to actively improve their flying efficiency and fuel consumption, and pilots to receive live weather updates direct to an Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) while in flight.

Interfaced with the Teledyne GroundLink® Comm+ system and its new integrated Aircraft Interface Device (AID) function AID+, PACE’s Pacelab Flight Profile Optimizer software can draw live data from the aircraft’s avionics buses to determine the most cost-efficient flight trajectory. Using real-time operational and meteorological data and a holistic optimization approach for the remaining route to destination, Pacelab Flight Profile Optimizer provides pilots with reliable information on how to minimise trip cost. The resulting reduction of fuel burn is significant averaging up to 2% per year.

And with the addition of inflight weather updates direct to the crews’ tablet devices via Teledyne’s GroundLink® AID+ ACARS proxy interface, crews have a complete picture of their ongoing flight, and any changes in profile that may be required through a change in circumstances to achieve greater operational and fuel efficiencies.

An ACARS proxy allows multiple EFBs to send and receive ACARS messages, supporting pilots with ground and air Flight Operations communications, the distribution of flight documents, and load sheets. Crucially, airlines do not need to install a separate AID unit to benefit from the PACE/Teledyne partnership. With more than 8,000 Teledyne GroundLink® units already flying, it is an easy transition for those with the technology already installed, protecting their legacy investment.

Murray Skelton, Director of Business Development at Teledyne Controls, says that the ease of integration has been key: “By a simple interface with our AID+ unit and the PACE application, we can deliver all of the key flight data, and external data such as weather updates direct to a tablet to enable pilots to make informed decisions about their flight, and proactively find ways of maximising their fuel efficiency.”

PACE Managing Partner Oliver Kranz explains how the agreement is a genuine ‘win win’ for all parties: “For airlines to realize the full benefits of AID, they need to see a tangible return on investment,” he says. “Integrating PACE with Teledyne’s systems delivers a new level of control, and feedback from the first users is already encouraging.

“With Teledyne’s significant installed base, we have an immediate network and channel to market,” he continues. “We give Teledyne a tangible business case for airlines to upgrade to GroundLink® AID+, with proven cost efficiencies.”

  • New DFDAU contract for North America-based airline is largest in company’s history


El Segundo, CA | March 18, 2015–
An entire fleet of Boeing 737-NG aircraft belonging to a North American airline is to be retrofitted with a sophisticated Digital Flight Data Acquisition Unit (DFDAU) from Teledyne Controls to significantly enhance the ACMS (Aircraft Condition Monitoring System) capability on each of its aircraft.

The contract – the largest of its kind in Teledyne Controls’ history – will see new DFDAU technology installed on more than 400 aircraft over the next 18 months to add to the 85 Teledyne DFDAU-equipped aircraft already operated by the airline.

The technology, which is considerably more powerful and capable than the technology it is replacing, will enable the airline not only to have an advanced ACMS capability but also to take advantage of Boeing’s proprietary Airplane Health Management (AHM) program.

Masood Hassan, President of Teledyne Controls, said that the combined monitoring and health management programs will lead to significantly advanced trouble shooting and data management capabilities. “It will allow our client to convert ‘data’ into meaningful, real-time information to further improve operational effectiveness and support enhanced flight safety,” he said.

Teledyne Controls’ Digital Flight Data Acquisition Unit (DFDAU) is an integrated system that combines the functions of Mandatory Data Acquisition and Recording with a sophisticated Aircraft Condition Monitoring System (ACMS). This comprehensive system provides aircraft operators with a standardized hardware and software solution for high-power data acquisition, management and recording.

The DFDAU’s ACMS software is extensively flexible, allowing users to define the parameters and reports they need for flight data monitoring, maintenance, and operational efficiency, without the artificial constraints typically imposed by other software systems.

Scott Chambers, Director of Sales & Service, North America Airlines, confirmed that this is the largest retrofit contract in the history of Teledyne’s aircraft data and information management business. “Teledyne’s experience and innovation continues to be recognized by the world’s leading airlines as delivering a proven competitive advantage,” he said.

El Segundo, CA | January 16, 2015– VivaAerobus, one of Latin America’s fastest growing low cost carriers (LCC), has chosen to equip its new fleet of 52 Airbus A320 aircraft with a series of highly reliable data acquisition, aircraft condition monitoring and wireless data transfer solutions from Teledyne Controls, the aircraft data and information management business.

The Mexico-based airline has opted for Teledyne’s proven Flight Data Interface Management Unit (FDIMU) which is recognized as being the industry standard for data acquisition on Airbus Single Aisle and Long Range aircraft. The Wireless GroundLink® Comm+ flexible communication solution was also selected because of its ability to support multiple functions both now and in the future.

Not only will the new system meet the airline’s current need for downloading Quick Access Recording (QAR) and Aircraft Condition Monitoring System (ACMS) data, but it can also meet the airline’s future requirements, including the full integration and connectivity of tablet devices as electronic flight bags (EFBs) for flight crews, being discussed for 2015.

William Cecil, Director of Business Development at Teledyne Controls, states: “Our technology is incredibly reliable and installed in close to 70% of most commercial aircraft entering service today. It is therefore a proven ‘safe’ investment,” he says.

“But where our GroundLink® Comm+ system particularly wins is in its ability to support multiple functions beyond simply QAR and ACMS data download, and therefore protect an airline’s future investment. VivaAerobus has also recognized our long-term commitment to service and support.”

Juan Carlos Zuazua Cosío, Chief Executive Officer of VivaAerobus agrees: “We see Teledyne Controls not as a supplier but as a strategic partner in helping us to further enhance the flight safety and operational effectiveness of our fleet, and in protecting our investment as we look to integrate new technologies and thinking in the future.”

Teledyne Controls’ FDIMU performs mandatory data acquisition that provides data to the Black Box Flight Recorder, along with real-time engine and aircraft condition and health monitoring. Used in conjunction with the GroundLink® Comm+ system, ACMS data generated by the Teledyne FDIMU can automatically be provided to third party maintenance and trend monitoring systems, such as PW (Engines), Honeywell (APU) or even Airbus AirMANweb. The FDIMU is available for installation on the long range and single aisle aircraft families and soon on the A320neo.

The GroundLink® Comm+ automates data exchange between the aircraft and safety and maintenance ground systems. Using 3G/4G cellular wireless communications, the GroundLink technology features multiple channels of cellular high-speed data and does not require any infrastructure investment. The solution is available factory-fit from Boeing, Embraer and Airbus on new aircraft and can be retrofitted on all major commercial aircraft types.

Based in Monterrey, Mexico, VivaAerobus is Mexico’s Ultra Low Cost Carrier. It started operations on November 2006 after being created as a joint venture between IAMSA and Irelandia. On 2013 it announced a purchase order of 52 Airbus A320s, the biggest purchase order in Latin America to the European manufacturer. IAMSA is Mexico’s leading company on ground transportation services. It operates a fleet of 10 thousand buses in 22 states of the country and transports over 300 million people a year, reaching over 70% of the population. Irelandia, is the investment vehicle of the Ryan family, founders of Ryanair, the biggest and most successful low cost airline in Europe. Irelandia is a leader in the development of low cost carriers around the world. It is also an investor in companies such as Tiger Airways in Singapore, Allegiant in the United States, and more recently expanding the Viva brand with VivaColombia in Colombia. To find out more, please visit www.vivaaerobus.com.

El Segundo, CA | April 11, 2014– Teledyne Controls, the aircraft data and information management business, has obtained an STC (Supplemental-Type Certificate) for its enhanced Airborne Data Loader (eADL) to be used on the Boeing 747-400, 757, and 767 aircraft models.

Certification will enable airlines operating these Boeing aircraft to harness Teledyne’s eADL technology to increase data load speeds, reduce aircraft turnaround times, and significantly improve the operational effectiveness of their respective fleets.

Steve McDonnell, Director, Aircraft Integration and Certification at Teledyne Controls, says that the eADL provides immediate and demonstrable competitive advantage:

“Navigation Data Bases (NDBs) have to be changed every 28 days,” he explains, “and comprise a set of floppy disks that have to be loaded manually, each one in turn. If one of those disks fails to load, the process has to start all over again. With eADL, however, the speed of loading is the same but it is automatic, which means the engineer can spend that time doing better things.

“It means an airline can significantly reduce its dependence on floppy disks and all of the hassle that goes with it, and considerably improve the control and management of essential software.”

Teledyne Controls’ eADL greatly simplifies the distribution, onboard storage and management of loadable software applications and databases across an airline’s operation, eliminating the need to reproduce, distribute, and load countless floppy disks every month. In a single action, Loadable Software Airplane Parts (LSAP) can be quickly uploaded to the eADL with a single USB memory stick, alleviating repetitive manual methods.

The distribution process can be automated even further with Teledyne’s Wireless GroundLink® Data Loading (WGL-Dataloading™) system. This solution allows Software Parts to be directly transmitted from the LoadStar® Server Enterprise (LSE) ground system to the eADL internal mass memory. The memory capability not only alleviates searching for software disks during line operations, but it also allows the entire contents of the aircraft’s software binder, or data vault, to be carried and stored electronically on every aircraft.

“For customers who want the eADL installed as standalone, it is a very simple installation,” Steve continues. “It is effectively plug-and-play. For customers who want to distribute Software Parts to the eADL via WQAR, an installation kit can also be provided.”

These 757, 767 and 747-400 certifications add to Teledyne’s growing portfolio of STC’s for the eADL enabling retrofit installation onto the industry’s most popular aircraft models, including the A319/A320/A321 and 737NG families of airplanes.