Rockwell Collins' ARINC MultiLinkSMflight Solution Manages Diverse Data Feeds Unlike Others
Source : Internal ~ Dated : Tuesday, March 31, 2015 @ 08:53 AM
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Tim Ryan, director, GLOBALink programs & services management for Rockwell Collins

Tim Ryan, director, GLOBALink programs & services management for Rockwell Collins

In an interview with Flightit.net, Tim Ryan, director, GLOBALink programs & services management at Rockwell Collins talks about the company's latest global flight tracking solution for the airlines, ARINC MultiLinkSMflight. 

Questions and Answers

Q : Please give us an overview of your latest global flight tracking solution for the airlines, ARINC MultiLinkSMflight.

Tim Ryan :

Our ARINC MultiLink flight tracking solution brings together six data sources. These include (1) ADS-C; (2) high-frequency data link (HFDL) performance data; (3) ADS-B; (4) U.S. Aircraft Situation Display to Industry (ASDI) radar data; (5) EUROCONTROL position information; and (6) Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) position reports. We use a proprietary algorithm to merge the data sources to provide more accurate and higher fidelity position reporting.

Q : How different is ARINC from other flight tracking technologies?

Tim Ryan :

The ARINC MultiLink service takes advantage of the Rockwell Collins HFDL performance date which introduces a baseline data source which is not available to other competitors.  Rockwell Collins also has a 20 year track record of experience in managing these diverse data feeds and harmonizing them to meet customer needs. 

Q : How will this new service solve the global flight tracking issue?

Tim Ryan :

When an aircraft ceases to report positional data it can be inferred that something is wrong.  The sooner this determination can be made the sooner authorities can dispatch search and rescue assets.  Since the ARINC MultiLink service is merging multiple data feeds from different sources, it is possible for our solution to quickly identify when an aircraft has ceased reporting positional data. 

Q : ARINC MultiLinkSMflight supports aircraft equipped with HDFL network. Please elaborate on this.

Tim Ryan :

High Frequency Data Link (HFDL) performance data contains aircraft positional data that has, until now, only been used to support the HFDL Service.  By repurposing this data and making available in real time, Rockwell Collins is able to provide a data feed that is extremely cost effective.

HF is a truly a global, terrestrial based solution, that can reach every corner of the world, including Polar Regions.


Q : Are you expecting any contracts abroad?

Tim Ryan :

Our sales and business development teams are already in touch with our existing customer base which includes customers around the world. We are actively working with all the major airlines that would benefit from using this solution.


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