FLYHT and MBS Partner to Enable Data Loading Solution to Fully Comply with New Security Requirements

FLYHT Aerospace Solutions has announced a partnership with MBS Electronic Systems, a provider of secure data loading solutions that enable compliant avionics software maintenance and safer flight operations. The two companies have been collaborating to develop a secure wireless avionics software and onboard data loading solution, and recently announced the official partnership to bring that solution to the market.

“Airlines are seeking airborne data loading and data transfer solutions that meet new cyber security requirements,” said William Cecil, senior sales director at FLYHT. “This partnership exemplifies FLYHT’s “best of breed” technology strategy and we’re excited to combine MBS’ data loading technology with FLYHT’s industry first 5G AFIRS Edge platform hardware. With our combined expertise, we have created a streamlined, secure turn-key solution for airlines based on a single unit that gives airlines a fast path to complying with aircraft software security requirements and improving maintenance efficiency.”

Added Thomas Nicholls, technical lead at MBS, “As a leader in the secure portable data loader field, we have seen increased demand from airlines for a “plug-in” onboard data loading solution that meets the guidance of ARINC 645-1 for software distribution and loading. Together with FLYHT, we look forward to serving this growing need among the airlines.”

FLYHT and MBS say they plan to showcase the new solution to airlines at upcoming shows, including the annual Airlines Electronic Engineering Committee (AEEC) General Session and Aviation Maintenance Conference (AMC) in Phoenix on May 19-22, 2024 as well as the Aircraft Commerce MRO & Flight Operations IT Conference – EMEA in Amsterdam, June 4-5, 2024.

The AFIRS Edge is an aircraft interface device (AID), connecting aircraft data with electronic flight bag (EFB) applications and providing airlines with Wireless Quick Access (WQAR) capabilities, all while serving as a gateway on the aircraft for critical real-time information and onboard data storage. The Edge also serves as a data port for FLYHT’s actionable intelligence services, such as fuel management, aircraft health monitoring, real-time engine data reporting and airport gate performance monitoring. Further, when coupled with a real-time IP satellite connection, the Edge enables weather data customers to work with airlines to implement FLYHT’s weather solutions for enabling enhanced weather forecasting capabilities, providing more accurate and timely warnings of extreme weather, and in the detection and avoidance of contrail generation.