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"It may not be enough to know where
your aircraft is; you may want to know what
it was doing when it was at that position,"
Rios said. "You may want to know the oil
pressure, temperature, temperature around
the aircraft, and other parameters to see the
full story of what environment the aircraft
was flying in at the time."
Wireless data loading
Avionica also has developed airborne
electronics that help technicians on the ground.
With Wi-Fi and cellular wireless systems,
Avionica's airborne wireless products enable automated, nearreal-time access to an aircraft's recorded flight data. Instead of
requiring physical access to the aircraft to connect a laptop or
other ground support equipment devices, the wireless systems
automatically transmit the encrypted flight data from the aircraft
to the company's server.
"Since 2009, Avionica's multifrequency 3G wireless module
has enabled air transport and business jet flight operators to
retrieve flight data in near-real time from anywhere their aircraft
lands," Rios said. "Having timely access to flight data has
allowed operators to avoid millions of dollars in flight delays
and cancellations when an aircraft incident at a remote airport
requires flight data analysis to return the aircraft to service."
Avionica recently updated its 3G wireless module to 4G
wireless technology to support communications for additional
onboard devices that need faster, wider bandwidth. Compatible
with Avionica's avSYNC automated flight data transfer service,
the new 4G avCM wireless module is a simple upgrade that
provides faster and less expensive flight operations data
capturing and streaming while simultaneously supporting
communications for other onboard devices, according to Rios.
Across different platforms
To help operators with diverse fleets, Avionica developed
the RSUII, a compact universal GSE system. The unit allows
operators to download data from virtually any type of black
box using a laptop or tablet.
"A large airline or business jet operator has many
different types of aircraft, and they get modified over time
with different flight data recorders and systems," Rios said.
"Each one of those requires different cables and software to
download the data. We've integrated all of that into the RSUII,
a single portable device. Technicians just use the appropriate
cable, compatible with the particular flight data recorder, with
the RSUII. It's so much more efficient and easier to manage."
The RSUII also supports aircraft diagnostics and LRU
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software data loading with compatible ARINC 429 interfaces
and adapters. One system handles it all.
"The same RSUII that is used to download flight data can
be used to data load the avionics, like the flight management
system, for example," Rios said. "We also took the portable
data loader concept and integrated it into the aircraft.
Leveraging our knowledge and technology of data loading,
we embedded it into our flight data recorder avionics devices
that support our 4G wireless technology. Now, for the
technician who normally has to travel with a laptop back and
forth from the hangar to the aircraft to get all the data correct,
we've created a more automated process where a groundbased server pushes all the data to the aircraft wirelessly. It
eliminates the logistics of moving data from a server to a
laptop on a diskette or CD, then walking out to the aircraft and
Avionica's various systems are grounded in the company's
history. Segredo, along with co-founder Stylian Cocalides,
began building advanced ground support equipment in a
garage in 1992, using laptops and other common tools. Their
drive for innovation has been a part of the company since the
beginning, bringing success and growth along the way.
In addition to its avionics design engineers, Avionica
employs a dedicated team of aircraft engineers who design and
develop the installation wiring harnesses and supplemental
type certificates necessary for a complete installation.
The company holds 17 STCs from the Federal Aviation
Administration and multiple certification approvals from
Canada, Europe and China. Its equipment is approved on more
than 250 different models of aircraft under the FAA's approved
"I've been with the company for 14 years," Rios said.
"In those 14 years, I can't remember a time that we weren't
working on something new. We're always innovating. Every
couple of years, we introduce new products, which take about
a year-and-a-half to develop and certify. We always have
exciting products on the drawing board." q