A data loader uploads, downloads and transmits software via the Arinc 429 data bus, and it comes in two forms, the airborne data loader (ADL) and the portable data loader (PDL). A display allows for the selection of the targeted software, and any PC running Windows or Linux can perform the loads using a USB port to the Arinc 429 interface. Today’s data loaders have evolved from the first models that used slow floppy drive technology. Modern data loaders are easier to use, and provide added services and greater flexibility.
ARINC 615/615A Data Loader
The data loaders of today offer a wide array of capabilities their predecessors lacked. For example, record keeping, data management, troubleshooting and general maintenance tools are just a few of the capabilities available on the latest ARINC 615 technology. It’s called a Flight Simulyzer Data Loader, and it’s a complete development kit. It uses the Trivial File Transfer Protocol (TFTP) that uses either Ethernet or ARINC 664 networks. The graphical interface is intuitive, and it has easy to use controls. A programmer’s interface is available for custom applications.
Features of the ARINC 615 include upload and download operations, media sets, GUI and TFTP protocol for both client and server operations. High-level data load operations are supported, and command line operation is available. It runs on any Microsoft Windows platform or Linux, and it has the capability to load multiple operations simultaneously. There is no special hardware required, and any standard PC can be used.
Data loaders are designed to be highly reliable, labor saving and cost reducing devices, which enhance safety and productivity. They help maximize fuel efficiency, and reduce delays, and they ensure optimal system and product performance and enhance cockpit awareness. They are used in flight line support, development, testing and maintenance.
Today’s data loaders offer an enhanced user experience with intuitive user interfaces, and they greatly reduce data loading time. The software is rapidly uploaded, and systems are constantly monitored for loading errors. They are easily installed, and they offer the rapid return of data from onboard avionics equipment. They are ideal for repetitive operations via command line utilities.