DBU-4000, -4100, -4001 and Associated Navigation Databases
Starting in January 2019 (AIRAC 1901 cycle), Rockwell Collins will discontinue distribution of navigation databases via floppy disks.
Consequently, support for floppy disk database units (DBU) will also be discontinued. This affects the following database units and portable data loaders:
Databases made available after December 2018 will be distributed via USB formatting or Rockwell Collins wireless Aircraft Information Management (AIM) service.
Are you affected?
Floppy disk data distribution and hardware support will be discontinued per the following schedule.
What are your options?
Through approved dealers such as AMKA Aviation, The Rockwell Collins DBU-5000/5010E (USB) is a drop-in replacement for DBU-4000 and DBU-4100 (floppy disk) installations.
The Portable Dataloader PDL-5001 (USB) replaces the DBU- 4001 (floppy disk). The PDL-5001 offers all of the benefits of an integrated database unit but in a convenient, portable package. This configuration is popular with fleet operators who are responsible for multiple aircraft.
Regardless of your existing aircraft DBU configuration, upgrading to the DBU-5000/5010E or PDL-5001 provides:
- Improved performance – faster data loads
- Greater functionality – newer USB technology
Aircraft Information Manager (AIM)
For the ultimate in simplicity, automation, and security, consider Rockwell Collins Aircraft Information Manager (AIM). AIM is a subscription service that enables wireless data transfer on and off the aircraft. Using Wi-Fi or cellular service, AIM enables automatic, simple data transfer while eliminating the need for floppy disks or laptop connections.
To enable AIM service, the DBU-5010E and an Information Management Server (IMS-3500) equipment is required.
If you have any questions about database units, downloading navigation databases, or the AIM service, please contact the AMKA Aviation team here.