CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (November 11, 2004) - Rockwell Collins announced that Boeing has Type Certified the 737NG aircraft equipped with Rockwell Collins’ Controller Pilot Data Link Communication (CPDLC) technology. This marks the first time that an aircraft manufacturer has Type Certified a forward-fit aircraft equipped with CPDLC for use on the Aeronautical Telecommunication Network (ATN).
Rockwell Collins’ CPDLC technology utilizes the company’s state-of-the-art CMU-900 Communications Management Unit, enabling digital data communication between pilots and air traffic control; and the APM-900, an Aircraft Personality Module which permanently stores an airplane’s unique parameters and provides that information to the CMU-900 for accurate aircraft identification.
"This certification is an important milestone in making ATN and CPDLC functionality available on new aircraft deliveries for our customers,” said Jim Grace, data link program manager, Rockwell Collins. “Rockwell Collins has been on the ground floor in creating and testing innovative CPDLC solutions, which will ultimately enhance airline safety and alleviate flight inefficiencies caused by today’s congested voice radio frequencies.”
CPDLC, which is currently being used in Europe through Eurocontrol’s Link 2000+ program, makes it possible for pilots and air traffic controllers to communicate using a set of data messages that are viewed on a control display unit on the flight deck to improve operational efficiency and flexibility. Rockwell Collins’ equipment is being used for CPDLC operations on B737NG aircraft belonging to Air Europa and Scandinavian Airlines. Last December, Rockwell Collins’ CPDLC capable equipment was certified on an SAS B737NG via a Supplemental Type Certification. Air Berlin and Federal Express are planning to operate Rockwell Collins’ CPDLC equipment in the LINK 2000+ program early next year. More information about the Link 2000+ program is available at http://www.eurocontrol.int/link2000/
Rockwell Collins has been a leading participant in programs and demonstrations that are helping define future air space requirements in Europe and the United States and are developing solutions for airspace congestion.
Rockwell Collins (NYSE: COL) is a leader in the design, production and support of communications and aviation electronics solutions for government and commercial customers worldwide. Additional company information is available at www.rockwellcollins.com .