GE Aviation purchased an equity stake in Avionca to enable it to use the company’s miniaturized wireless data collection and wireless data transmission technology to speed up data transmission, which in turn enables faster analytics and predictive maintenance.
As John Mansfield, GE Aviation’s chief digital officer said in a statement, “Our customers increasingly require a lightweight solution for data flow to and from their fleet. The flow of rich and continuous data provides insights into asset condition that were not previously possible.”
Terms of the agreement, which is effective immediately, were not disclosed.
GE’s equity stake in Avionica enables the companies to form a joint venture, which basically allows GE to use Avionica’s flight data management products—which include Wifi, cellular and satellite connectivity--with its analytics and digital products to provide flight operations or health management insights to customers. The combination should increase the value of data as well as the costs related to sending it.
Avionica also appealed to GE Aviation because it has delivered more than 8,000 Quick Access Recorders and has supplemental type certifications for more than 300 aircraft models that span general, business and commercial aviation.
“The key driver is the alignment of the data Avionica hardware enables to be captured from aircraft with GE Aviation Digital products that provide outcomes using that data,” says John Nelson, director, Digital Product Management for GE Aviation. He cites the ability to support aircraft interface device functionality and edge processing as other advantages of the partnership.