Honeywell (Booth No. 406) has delivered its 500th DL-950 data loader since the product became available last year. As a data loader for Honeywell’s FMZ-2000 flight management system, the DL-950 uses a USB memory device instead of diskettes and fits into existing mounting hardware with no need for any new aircraft wiring. Traditional data loaders require the pilot to feed between five and eight diskettes one-by-one into the aircraft’s data loader, a process that can take more than 45 minutes.
Ken Snodgrass, director of technical sales for Honeywell’s business and general aviation business, noted, “We have more than tripled our original delivery goals over the initial 18-month period. The data loader allows customers to upload the latest navigation database from the Internet and take it directly to an aircraft, which results in faster load times with much higher reliability than using traditional floppy diskettes.”
The DL-950 replaces the Honeywell DL-800 and -900 diskette data loaders. Honeywell issues a new FMS nav database every 28 days.