Rockwell Collins has been selected by Airbus to supply its flight operations and maintenance exchanger (FOMAX) solution for the Airbus A320 family aircraft.

The FOMAX system is designed to keep operators connected to their aircraft by deploying the necessary infrastructure for secure wireless connectivity.

With the latest deal, Airbus seeks to support its digital transformation initiative.

As a part of the Airbus digital transformation initiative, the deal will also enable Rockwell Collins realise its commitment of delivering airborne equipment for a digitally connected aircraft.

Rockwell Collins air transport systems vice-president and general manager Steve Timm said: “We’re taking another step toward transforming the modern aircraft and crew to be more digitally connected.

“We’re taking another step toward transforming the modern aircraft and crew to be more digitally connected."

“Working together with Airbus, we’re keeping crews better informed while providing better data collection and improved analytics to drive operational efficiency and reduced maintenance.”

The FOMAX solution comprises a compact connectivity unit that collects aircraft maintenance and performance data, as well as automatically sends it to ground-based operations.

The unit also automatically transmits data to mobile applications being used by flight crews, as well as efficiency applications such as weather, flight planning, logbooks, and maintenance prediction and performance calculators.

The FOMAX solution was built upon Rockwell Collins’ existing SSR-7000 Secure Server Router and offers Wi-Fi services for secure crew connectivity on the aircraft, and cellular and terminal Wi-Fi equipment.

It can be interfaced with all major SATCOM connectivity types.

Image: The FOMAX solution from Rockwell Collins will digitally connect aircraft and operators for more efficient operations. Photo: courtesy of Rockwell Collins.