Ground FOMAX capabilities
Automated management of air to ground Internet Protocol (IP) connectivity
including Cellular and SATCOM
IP connectivity is the heart of a connected aircraft. FOMAX supports multiple
ways of connecting the aircraft to the ground. We know maximizing resources is
vital; that’s why the FOMAX Secure Server Router (SSR) has configurable,
least-cost routing rules to choose your preferred media.
GateLink Cellular Long-term Evolution (LTE)
The FOMAX SSR has an international 4G LTE modem with four (4) SIM cards
dedicated to an airline’s operations worldwide.
FOMAX can leverage your broadband cabin satellite connectivity with a
dedicated connection to separate customer traffic from the airline’s for
For airlines without cabin satellite connectivity, FOMAX supports lower cost
SATCOM connections dedicated to connected aircraft use.
Secure exchange of data via Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Regardless of the media type used, FOMAX uses an IP Security (IPSec) VPN with
Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) certificates for all air/ground communications,
keeping your traffic encrypted and inaccessible during transit.
Automated safety and performance data download (and future uploading)
FOMAX enables automatic offloading of all FOQA and MOQA reports and makes
them available for analysis within minutes. Collins is the only provider that
can download all types of FOQA reports*, including Aircraft Condition Monitoring
System (ACMS), Smart Access Recorder (SAR), Digital ACMS Recorder (DAR) and
Quick Access Recorder (QAR) at the same time. This significantly reduces the
downtime of out-of-service aircraft, enabling fast and efficient diagnosis and
resolution of the problem while simultaneously reducing error from manual
*depending on configuration of FDIMU
Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) access to ground resources
One of the most exciting aspects of a connected aircraft is the real-time
network. Through a dedicated cockpit Wi-Fi connection and a secure VPN, the
crew’s EFBs can access resources on the ground including Internet-based
applications or internal servers. Multiple levels of security make it
significantly safer than cellular modems installed directly in EFBs. This
provides EFB applications with up to the minute information, such as weather and
winds, to enhance safety and trip fuel efficiency.
EFB access to avionics data in real time
The FOMAX SSR connects to several avionics components that provide a
real-time view of avionics data. Applications leverage this data to enhance the
pilot experience; for example, the location of the aircraft can be superimposed
on navigation charts or weather maps.
Bi-directional EFB integration with the Flight Management System (FMS)
The introduction of EFB-based flight planning and optimization applications
means flight plans are more dynamic than ever before. FOMAX provides EFB
applications the ability to automatically synchronize with the FMS, simplifying
the pilot experience and reducing the risk of introducing errors.
ACARS over IP (AoIP)
As generations of aircraft have evolved and become more data intensive, the
volume of ACARS messages has significantly increased. AoIP can be a more cost
effective option to manage the increasing volume of ACARS data on newer
Collins ACARS over IP (AoIP) is the only communication solution that is fully
approved by an aircraft manufacturer. The service enables an ACARS message, as
defined by the ARINC 618 standard, to be sent over aircraft ground- or
satellite-based internet protocol (IP) broadband connection. It is a selectable
option that supports processing for ACARS 618 messages to/from ACARS 620 Host
systems, specifically the SITAONAIR AIRCOM® server or the Collins Hermes server.
The Collins AoIP service has been fully integrated with the avionics (ACARS
Router, FOMAX) and is available as a fully managed service delivered by Collins
regardless of the Datalink Service Provider (DSP) of the airline. Taken as a
linefit solution, capital expenditure costs are reduced while enabling
significant savings on your existing aircraft communications
AoIP is fully interoperable with the GLOBALink℠ ACARS network. AoIP ACARS
messages are managed by the GLOBALink ACARS network in the same manner as, and
coexist with, VHF, narrow-band SATCOM, and HFDL ACARS messages.
Monitoring of airborne and ground FOMAX
The ground monitoring, administration and troubleshooting (GMAT) application
provides a dashboard view of FOMAX resources including the status of FOMAX
server environments, applications and a fleet wide view of the aircraft for
quickly assessing system performance.
Automatic data loading of ARINC 665 loads (future)
Development of the automatic data loader (ADLU) continues and is expected to
be available in 2021. The ADLU will eliminate manual updates of avionics
configurations. FOMAX will support ground based software that allows users to
push ARINC 665 data loads from their computer to aircraft over an IP connection
with enhanced security. Once uploaded, a maintenance technician will only have
to activate the new configuration, significantly reducing the effort required to
update the avionics.
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