Utilizing a variety of VHF and satellite datalink communications networks, the Global Data Center (GDC) acts as a communications hub to facilitate thousands of air-to-ground and ground-to-air messages daily. Accessed directly from the aircraft's Flight Management System (FMS), convenient datalink messaging enables flight crews to keep in touch with the ground during all phases of flight.
Through the GDC's flexible message handling system, flight crews may send updated arrival times to nearly any location worldwide, including Customs, FBOs, and the home office. Further, datalink messaging enables crews to stay in control of events on the ground even while airborne. Among other applications, flight crews often use datalink messaging to confirm fuel, catering, and transportation arrangements.
Flight crews can send messages to an e-mail address, fax machine, pager, telephone, and any ARINC/SITA or AFTN address - including other datalink equipped aircraft which subscribe to GDC services. Customized message addresses may also be set up to deliver your message to multiple recipients. All of your time-critical communications receive priority handling from the GDC. For detailed instructions regarding how to send datalink messages, refer to the appropriate Reference Guide.
With special security measures in place, approved e-mail users on the ground may send messages to aircraft via Honeywell's secure servers (instructions), which convert each e-mail message into a datalink message. Messages may also be sent via the Internet directly from this website. Via datalink, through the Web, or over the telephone, the GDC is available around the clock to provide dependable message handling and immediate feedback to busy flight crews.