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How Are Avod Systems And FMC Updated?  
User currently offlineinitious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1077 posts, RR: 6
Posted (4 years 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 3281 times:

Hi fellow a.netters,

This question popped up in my mind. For airlines with AVOD (which most do), how do they update the programmes per month? Do they simply connect something like a HDD and update each plane, or is there something they do? I think it would be pretty challenging for airlines like EK which has the most extensive IFE programme list throughout a fleet of so many planes (not sure how many) equipped with the newest ICE digital widescreen.

On another note, how is FMC data being updated when new airports pop up or when ICAO and IATA codes are moved, like HKG from Kai Tak to HKIA?


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User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 22433 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (4 years 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3247 times:

Quoting initious (Thread starter):
On another note, how is FMC data being updated when new airports pop up or when ICAO and IATA codes are moved, like HKG from Kai Tak to HKIA?

We have a laptop and an ethernet cord. You download the new FMS database to the laptop from the internet, plug the ethernet cord into a port on the airplane, and load the new database into the FMS from the laptop. Pretty simple. I'm sure there are other methods, but that's how it works for us.


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User currently offline9V-SPJ From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 757 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3204 times:

Some aircraft also use floppy disks! I remember seeing some B737-800 navigation data bases at Delta, on floppy disks.


User currently offlineChese From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 29 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3197 times:

For FMCs I have seen 3.5" floppies, still, and also USB thumb drives and ethernet hookups from a laptop. For airshow systems, while not like what you'd see in an airliner, use a built in CD drive and its as simple as putting a new one in.

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