It’s 2016 and technology is moving faster than ever. With new inventions like 3D printing and virtual reality taking off, it’s no wonder we’ve become accustomed to some of the most cutting-edge technology offered around the world. In fact, you could say the aerospace industry has become accustomed to the finer things in life with most aircraft offering high-speed internet and a variety of other features that we take for granted on land.
However, for many aircrafts flying today, pilots are still using floppy disks to load information into their navigation database – yes, the brick-looking thing that got jammed in your computer in the 90’s and held a total of 1.44MB (yikes.) Nowadays, aircraft owners cannot rely on this technology and many companies including Honeywell will no longer support these units after December 31, 2016 - so what do you do?
Luckily, if you’re one of 400 people still using a DL-900 data loader, we can help. The DL-950, the successor of the DL-900, is designed as a form-fit replacement to your existing data loader. This means more money in your pocket and less money on an entirely new system because you’ve already got the correct setup. So, in case you’re still on the fence about going wireless and have a strange relationship with the beige-colored computer that takes up all of your desk space, here are three reasons to ditch floppy disks and upgrade to the DL-950.
- Loading is Faster
As I mentioned, many companies including Honeywell will no longer support floppy disc data loading after December 31, 2016. This type of loading requires several floppy discs and takes too much time to load new approaches every month.
With Honeywell’s DL-950 and USB loading, you can load new approaches into your navigation database in as little as 10 minutes. This process can eliminates loading errors commonly associated with floppy disks and can and save you some serious time waiting on the ground during your next trip.
- Installation is Easy
Many data loaders today require hours of downtime and new equipment installed by knowledgeable technicians. However, for many operators, the amount of time your aircraft is down is costly and an upgrade of this size must be done quickly so that you’re not missing any travel time.
Luckily, DL-900 operators don’t have to worry about a lengthy install or hours of interruption. With Honeywell’s DL-950, pilots can easily swap out their old units in less than an hour and traveling to their next destination since both units use the same type of mount.
- Downloading Data is More Efficient
Every month when you receive an update from Honeywell, you no longer have to spend hours in front of a computer loading multiple floppy discs to get the data you need. In fact, with our latest technology, you can download from the convenience of your laptop and take your USB on-the-go – it’s that simple!