Without all of the advances in technology, flying would not have evolved from the airplanes of the 60s and 70s to what they are today. Flying is a relatively safe activity due in part to all of the advanced communication features that allow the pilots and air traffic control to monitor the weather, wind speed, other airplanes, and issues that arise while flying. This communication is possible due to data loaders that provide the data interchange.
What Data Loaders Do
Data Loaders such as the A615 relay data between computers on the aircraft and the ones on the ground. It is essentially a mass storage device used by many of the aircraft’s systems. This media device is PC compatible, which means that it can and will communicate with connected PC systems.
The data loaders can load operational flight programs and navigation databases when these items are needed. They also record flight data as needed into multiple volumes. Messages can be sent to the software’s interface that informs the pilot of the status of each system connected to it. These messages are then compiled into logs that can be analyzed later by flight technicians.
Data loaders are compatible with most commercial aircraft. They run on Windows computers and are compatible with PCI cards, USB devices, and PCMCIA cards. This means that most modern aircraft are able to run a data loader. However, some hobby aircraft may not depend on the level of technology used to build them.
A615 high-speed data loaders are reliable. The software records the full data exchange, so that if there is an error, users know when the error occurred and why. Some software packages offer a utility that will analyze the errors and show detailed steps to correct it.
Almost all of the processes within the software can be modified by certain parameters to change gap times, timeout tolerances, and response times. Controls are also built in that allow full control over starting, stopping, and pausing during loading. Users can choose between automatic and controlled loading which are further customizations within the loading interface.