Plugging Into Today’s Interface Devices

New connected aircraft applications and capabilities are being enabled by high-speed connectivity links and advancements in today’s AIDs and information servers, benefitting the entire airline’s operations.


Mark Robbins

Aircraft interface devices (AIDs) provide easy access to multiple aircraft data and communications channels. With the increased use of electronic flight bags (EFBs) and the reduction (or in many cases the elimination of) paper charts and binders, AIDs have increasingly become the foundation of most Aircraft Data Management (ADM) systems. With their tablets and the computer screens in aircraft, pilots can receive all the benefits of EFBs via their AIDs for improved decision-making to bolster situational awareness and safety, minimize errors, monitor aircraft parameters and reduce the workload of the crew. A secure, AID-enabled system can even suppress cyber-attacks.


AID usage is expanding. According to a market research report by Technavio, the global commercial AID market is expected to post an annual growth rate of close to 13 percent during the period 2019-2023. The report says a key factor driving this growth is the accelerating demand for procuring new aircraft units.


aviONS extends the airline network beyond the limitations of ground infrastructure to connect the cockpit to the airline’s data network.


“Several major aircraft OEMs are focused on developing new-generation aircraft models that can reduce operational costs of airlines by significant margins,” the report states.


“These new-generation aircraft models can generate up to 10 times more performance data which requires the use of AlDs for effective utilization of the data collected from a single aircraft unit, to initiate actionable insights regarding operations and fleet management. Hence, the increasing orders for the new generation of fuel-efficient aircraft units will remain a major driver for the global commercial AID market during the forecast period.”