Increasingly congested skies demand a data link system with optimum management of two-way air-to-ground communications. The Universal Avionics UniLink UL-800 and UL-801 Communications Management Unit (CMU) provides superior operations and control of digital communications between the pilot and Air Traffic Controller (ATC) in the exceedingly complex Communication, Navigation, Surveillance (CNS) Air Traffic Management (ATM) environment. Developed in full compliance with DO-178B Level C guidelines, the UniLink UL-800/801 CMU also meets FANS 1/A+ standards.
A Platform for the Future CNS / ATM Environment
Fully compliant with the FANS 1/A+ mandate affecting operators in the North Atlantic Track System (NATS) and some Pacific Ocean routes, the UniLink UL-800/801 includes Controller-Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) and Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Contract (ADS-C) functionality. With these FANS capabilities, operators gain preferred routing and options for altitudes with more favorable winds when in the NATS. Preferred routing provides a lower fuel burn and shorter station-to-station times, helping operators gain efficiencies that save fuel, time and money.
Provisioned for the upcoming Link 2000+ Programme mandate, the UniLink UL-800/801 enables operators to proactively equip for this and the FANS requirements while increasing the aircraft’s utility. By February 2015, the entire NATS between FL350 and FL390 will require FANS 1/A capability.
The UniLink UL-800/801 is also provisioned for the Aeronautical Telecommunications Network (ATN), a future internetwork architecture designed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). This network will allow ground / ground, air / ground, and avionic data sub-networks to interoperate by adopting common interface services and protocols based on the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) Reference Model.
Flight Information Services
Flight Information Services are available through the VHF radio or a capable approved Inmarsat Packet Mode Data or Iridium Short Burst Data (SBD) SatCom system.
- Pre-departure clearance (CPDLC DCL Operational Airports)
- Oceanic clearance
- Pushback clearance
- Expected taxi clearance
Data Link text messaging
UniLink’s independent menu-format software integrates seamlessly with the FMS and provides easy access for sending and receiving data. UniLink affords data link opportunities for:
- Air to ground text messaging via service provider, accessed via internet, fax or email
- Ground to air text messaging via service provider, accessed via internet
- Automatic position reporting (aircraft tracking via service provider)
- ETA updates
- Text weather information including TAF, METAR, SIGMETS, and winds aloft
The UniLink UL-800/801 supports Air Traffic Services (ATS) Facilities Notification (AFN), allowing the aircraft and the ATS provider to exchange addresses as well as information about the FANS application supported. Communications may be routed using compatible Inmarsat or Iridium satellite systems and via the ACARS high-speed VHF Data Link (VDL) Mode 2 network when within range of these facilities. For increased installation flexibility, the UniLink UL-801 model features an internal VHF Data Radio (VDR) that saves weight and space. The UL-800 supports interface to an external VDL Mode 2 compliant VDR.
The UniLink can downlink aircraft-acquired data for maintenance and operational analysis including engine data from a Central Maintenance Computer. Meteorological data collection and reporting is supported, as well. UniLink’s database-driven user interface and message set is easily customized to match airline operational requirements and is uploaded into UniLink without affecting product software or certification status.
The UniLink UL-800/801 supports Universal Avionics FMS installations, Multi-Function Control Display Unit (MCDU) and ARINC 702A communication protocol. Support for ARINC 739 interface for use with other capable MCDU display units is standard on UniLink. In installations where FANS approval is sought, a Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) capable of recording data link messages is required as part of the system installation. The UniLink UL-800/801 supports transmission of AOC, CPDLC and FANS data link recording, interfacing with the Universal Avionics CVR or Cockpit Voice and Flight Data Recorder (CVFDR), or other capable systems, via an ARINC 429 data bus.
The customer database driven user-interface and message set can be customized to match airline or business operational requirements. UniLink uses three databases: customer (which includes the Aeronautical Operational Control (AOC) database), geographic and ATC. Databases are installed by Universal Avionics and also in the field by customers using a Universal Avionics data loading DTU-100 or Solid-State Data Transfer Unit (SSDTU). UniLink enables application software to be loaded in the field without removal of the equipment from the aircraft installation.
UniLink™ Trainer - Desktop Training Software
Now, there’s an intuitive way to familiarize yourself with operating Universal Avionics UniLink UL-800/801 Communications Management Unit (CMU) within the Future Air Navigation System (FANS) environment.
Turn your free time into learning time with the UniLink Desktop Training Software. Here’s how it works: walk through a series of steps simulating two-way messaging using FANS technology. Simply use the drop-down menu in the Tutorial Control Panel to select one of nine training scenarios. The Free Flight Scenario allows you to explore the user interface and send Controller-Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) messages of your own choosing. The UniLink Trainer responds to these downlinks automatically and realistically.
Please Note: In order to receive an LOA for FANS operations from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the flight crew must complete an applicable FAA approved training course. The UniLink Trainer can be used for required “operational use training” as described in FAA Advisory Circular (AC) 120-70C as a means to receive operational approval when part of an FAA-approved course.
Nine training scenarios:
- ATC Log On: The basics of logging on to Air Traffic Control (ATC).
- Oceanic Clearance: Requesting and receiving an oceanic clearance from CYQX.
- North Atlantic Crossing: Normal North Atlantic crossing from KFFL to EGGW.
- North Pacific Crossing: North Pacific crossing from KOAK to RJTT with reroutes.
- Weather Deviation: Weather Deviation enroute from PHNL to KLAX.
- SatCom Loss: Loss of SatCom function enroute from KVNY to PHTO.
- ATC Voice Request: ATC voice communication request enroute from KLAS to PHTO.
- Emergency Operations: Declaring an emergency enroute from PHOG to KTUS.
- Free Flight: Allows undirected exploration of UniLink FANS messaging.
Simulates both the UniLink CMU and a 4- or 5-inch Flight Management System (FMS) Control Display Unit (CDU)
- Minimum PC Requirements
- Microsoft® Windows® versions above XP operating system required.
- 50 Mb of free memory necessary