UTC Aerospace Systems has launched development and production to provide better connectivity to Hawaiian Airlines´ aircraft and airline network, the company said.
Hawaiian Airlines´ Airbus A330, and Boeing 717 and 767 flight crews will employ electronic flight bag (EFB) systems that provide enhanced functionality, greater safety and stronger cyber security via a custom-tailored network-security architecture. These systems are modular, tablet-based, and maximize aircraft in-flight data connectivity through satellite communications systems and ACARS. Development and production work is being performed by UTC Aerospace Systems´ Sensors and Integrated Systems business in Burnsville, Minn.
UTC Aerospace Systems´ received FAA supplemental type certification this year for the EFB system for use on the three Hawaiian Airlines airframes. The system features support for air speed and fuel optimization in real time, access to aircraft health and maintenance data, and on-aircraft software upgrade capability.
UTC Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX),designs, manufactures and services integrated systems and components for the aerospace and defense industries. UTC Aerospace Systems supports a global customer base with manufacturing and customer service facilities.
ACARS is an aviation acronym for Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System, which is a digital datalink system for transmission of short messages between aircraft and ground stations via airband radio or satellite.