Rockwell Collins has deployed an air-to-ground aviation communications network for Korea Airports Corporation (KAC), which is the service provider for airline and civil aviation communications in South Korea.
This new communication network makes the best utilisation of the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) to support airline operational control (AOC).
It also supports the air traffic control (ATC) applications, like digital automatic terminal information service (D-ATIS) and pre-departure clearance (PDC).
Equipped with the very high frequency (VHF) Digital Link Mode 2 (VDL Mode 2), the network is ten times faster than the existing VHF systems.
Rockwell Collins Commercial Aviation Services vice-president Yun Chong said: "The successful launch of KAC’s network reinforces our strong partnership with South Korea and other countries such as China, Thailand and Japan that are using Rockwell Collins networks.
"Our decades of experience in developing and implementing aviation networks around the world are helping our customers fly safer, more efficient routes."
South Korea is one of the several nations that are preparing for the transition from voice to data communications.
This transition is a major component of a number of airspace initiatives around the globe, including the US Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) next generation air transport system (NextGen) Initiative.
NextGen is being designed to allow real-time communication between the controllers and flight crews, using digital data transmissions to replace analogue voice technology.