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.
Am I affected?
Floppy disk data distribution and hardware support will be discontinued per the following schedule.
Rockwell Collins reserves the right to decline a request for service and/or repair for the affected product. While Rockwell Collins may attempt to repair a product, it does not guarantee the repair can be completed. In the event it is determined the product is beyond repair, it will be returned in ‘as-is’ condition.
What are my options?
For current DBU-4000 and DBU-4100 operators Rockwell Collins DBU-5000/5010E (USB) is a drop-in replacement for DBU-4000 and DBU-4100 (floppy disk) installations.
Rockwell Collins offers Approved Model List (AML) STC #SA01430WI-D (Part 23) and STC #ST01431WI-D (Part 25)free of charge for DBU installations.
DBU-5000/5010E USB data download instructions are available on the Rockwell Collins website.
For current DBU-4001 operators
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. Upgrades accomplished via service bulletin. PDL-5001 USB data download instructions are available on the Rockwell Collins website.
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 us here.