Qantas installs Teledyne's 10,000th GroundLink® system
Trial completed to facilitate data loading and wireless distribution of software parts across the fleet
New trial under way to enable fleet wide cockpit connectivity including real-time aircraft parameter streaming.
Masood Hassan (left) President of Teledyne Controls and Peter Alexander (right) Manager of Technical Programs at Qantas Airways.
International Paris Airshow, Le Bourget, France - June 2017
Qantas, Australia's largest domestic and international airline, is further extending the use of the GroundLink® multi-application communication system from Teledyne Controls to include wireless data distribution of software parts. It is also conducting a new trial to deliver enhanced cockpit connectivity using Broadband including real-time aircraft parameter streaming.
The airline, recognized recently for installing Teledyne's 10,000th GroundLink® system, was the first ever customer to use the GroundLink® WQAR system in 2001 for wirelessly downloading flight data after every flight. An essential part of the Qantas' FOQA* programme for more than 15 years, GroundLink® has been continually upgraded, first to the new
GroundLink® Comm+ unit, then with new applications such as
GroundLink® Dataloading, and, most recently,
GroundLink® Comm+, now installed on all Qantas aircraft, enhances traditional functionality to provide the airline with a robust and dependable solution to wirelessly connect aircraft equipment with its back-office systems. The technology, featuring multiple channels of cellular high-speed data, requires no infrastructure investment and delivers efficiency improvements for numerous applications that can benefit from aircraft onboard recording systems when the aircraft is on the ground.
GroundLink® AID+ extends all Aircraft Interface Device (AID) functions to WiFi-enabled EFB systems and other crew devices through a cockpit wireless network available in all flight phases. Qantas is currently undertaking fleetwide trials to use the
GroundLink® AID+ integrated with a Qantas in-house developed Electronic Flight Bag application to optimize fuel consumption.
Peter Alexander, Manager Technical Programs at Qantas, says that “Teledyne Controls continues to play an important role in further enhancing the airline's operational performance by enabling real time cockpit connectivity beyond the traditional means".
Masood Hassan, President of Teledyne Controls, says: “Qantas has been a valued customer from the very beginning, and we have worked closely together on developing new ways of tackling old problems that ultimately benefit the wider airline industry and manufacturers."
* Flight Operational Quality Assurance
Founded in regional Queensland in 1920 – as the Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Service – Qantas is one of Australia's most iconic brands and has played a central role in the development of the Australian and international aviation industry. Today the Qantas Group is a diverse global aviation business, comprising Qantas Domestic, Qantas International, the Jetstar low-cost carrier group and Qantas Loyalty. Additional information about Qantas Airways can be found at
About Teledyne Controls
Headquartered in Southern California, Teledyne Controls LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Teledyne Technologies Incorporated. Teledyne Controls is a leading manufacturer and innovator of a wide range of data management solutions designed to help aircraft operators collect, manage and distribute aircraft data more efficiently. Teledyne Controls maintains worldwide facilities and a global network of field representatives to support its many airline, airframe, and military customers. Additional information about Teledyne Controls can be found at
About Teledyne Technologies Incorporated
Teledyne Technologies Incorporated provides sophisticated electronic subsystems and instrumentation, including aerospace and defense electronics, digital imaging products and software, monitoring instrumentation for marine and environmental applications, harsh environment interconnect products, and subsystems for satellite communications, as well as engineered systems for defense, space, environmental and nuclear applications. Our customers include industrial manufacturers and energy, infrastructure and natural resources companies, as well as government agencies, airlines and aerospace contractors. Teledyne Technologies' operations are primarily located in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Western and Northern Europe. For more information, visit Teledyne Technologies' website at