Teledyne Controls Receives FAA Certification for their eADL and AirLAN System on Continental Airlines' Boeing 737-NG Aircraft
El Segundo, CA - Nov 18, 2010- Teledyne Controls, a business unit of Teledyne Technologies Incorporated (NYSE: TDY), announced that it has received FAA Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for their enhanced Airborne Data Loader (eADL) and fourth generation wireless communication system AirLAN on Continental Airlines' Boeing 737-NG Aircraft. With Teledyne's AirLAN and eADL, Continental Airlines can electronically transfer software parts directly from the ground to the enhanced Airborne Data Loader. This end-to-end solution eliminates the need to manually carry and load hundreds of floppy disks onto aircraft, saving time, manpower and reducing overall costs.
In addition to the AirLAN and eADL installation, Continental Airlines also selected Teledyne's LoadStar® Server Enterprise (LSE) for a comprehensive Wireless Loadable Software Parts (LSPs) Distribution System (WLDS). LSE is a web-based software tool designed to perform software configuration control and management through a web browser. Once the LSPs are prepared, they are wirelessly distributed via 802.11 or cellular through the AirLAN system to the eADL. The software parts are stored in the eADL's mass memory where maintenance personnel can access them, activate loading to target systems and verify successful loading. This end-to-end WLDS system has been installed on Continental's Boeing 737 with very few modifications to their aircraft.
"The AirLAN, combined with the eADL, is a forward step toward our goal of distributing software directly to the aircraft," said Phil Hardy, Avionics Engineer with Continental Airlines. "The time it takes to receive, package and position monthly database updates has literally gone from days to hours. Aircraft connected wirelessly to our network can receive the database update and have it in eADL storage within an hour."
"Until now, airlines did not have the capability to wirelessly distribute and electronically store onboard application software and databases on Boeing 737s," said Willie Cecil, director of Business Development at Teledyne Controls. "Our end-to-end system provides Continental Airlines with the ability to perform data loading operations more efficiently and to remotely manage the Loadable Software Parts and databases carried on the aircraft. The wireless component of the system enables data transfer to and from the aircraft while parked at any airport around the world, which is critical for international operators."
Teledyne Controls' eADL greatly simplifies the distribution, onboard storage and management of Loadable Software Parts and databases across an airline's operation. The equivalent of dozens of floppy disks of data can easily be transferred from a single USB memory stick, or transmitted from LSE's web interface through Teledyne's AirLAN or Wireless GroundLink® System (WGLS) into the eADL, reducing data loading time.
Teledyne's AirLAN and Wireless GroundLink® systems provide cost effective wireless communication solutions that connect the aircraft to an airline's back office to support functions such as electronic distribution of software parts. When used with LSE, airlines can transition from manual LSP distribution, based on floppy disks, CDs and paper-based tracking methods, to a paperless and automatic process.
About Teledyne Controls
Headquartered in El Segundo, California, Teledyne Controls is a business unit of Teledyne Technologies Incorporated. Teledyne Controls is a leading manufacturer and innovator of a wide range of aircraft data and information management solutions for commercial air transport, business and commuter aircraft, as well as helicopter and military applications. Teledyne Controls supports its many customers with extensive product-support bases and worldwide facilities. More information about Teledyne Controls can be found at http://www.teledynecontrols.com.
About Teledyne Technologies Incorporated
Teledyne Technologies is a leading provider of sophisticated electronics, instruments and communication products, systems engineering solutions aerospace engines and components and on-site gas and power generation systems. Teledyne Technologies has operations in the United States, the United Kingdom, Mexico, and Canada. For more information, visit Teledyne Technologies' website at http://www.teledyne.com.
Teledyne Controls Contacts:
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