Harris Corporation (News - Alert) an international communications and information technology company will be providing integration and engineering services to United Airlines which will be equipping its aircrafts with digital avionics capabilities in line with the federal aviation administration’s (FAA) NextGen (News - Alert) data communications equipage incentive program.
Howard Attarian, United’s senior vice president of flight operations said, “United has always been a technology leader in commercial aviation. We are excited to be at the forefront of this transition to a new era in air travel, which uses digital technology to improve airspace efficiencies, reduce emissions, and save money.”
The announcement made during the air traffic control association (ATCA) conference in Washington, D.C. revealed that Harris Corporation will lead the program which will add digital text to voice-only messaging presently used in pilot-to-controller communications.
It is expected that this change will automate and enhance routine air traffic control (ATC) and route voice communications with specialized data messaging. Also, the program provides rapid and precise communications in addition to improving arrival and departure routes.
This will save the airlines’ fuel expenditure besides reducing emissions. United looks forward to equipping about 397 of its aircrafts with avionics equipment necessary to deploy pilot-to-controller digital communications capabilities.
United Airlines will be leveraging Harris’ data communications integrated services (DCIS) program which is an FAA funded airline outreach initiative. This initiative was launched to help provide avionics equipage in aircrafts.
John O’Sullivan, vice president, NextGen initiatives for civil programs, Harris government communications systems said, “This is a key milestone in the effort to move from traditional ATC to more active air traffic management. By being the first to participate in the DCIS outreach program, United is leading the way to data communications implementation and the realization of the significant benefits offered by NextGen transformation.”
Harris Corporation recently introduced a multi-channel radio that will enable the U.S. department of defense to realize the fullest potential of the networked battlefield. The new Harris Falcon III Multi-channel Manpack radio was unveiled at the 2013 Association of the United States army (AUSA) conference in Washington, D.C.