Getting The Testing Edge
29.06.2023
Getting The Testing Edge
David Koppel
The complexity of avionic systems increases all the time, requiring extensible capabilities for testing, including advanced simulation and analysis. Ethernet and CAN825 are increasingly being used for avionic system development, generating new challenges for testing.
Avionics Adaptors vs Standard Adaptors
26.06.2023
Avionics Adaptors vs Standard Adaptors
David Koppel
What is the difference between a standard I/O adaptor, such as, Ethernet or Canbus and an avionics adaptor?
Macc II - Excalibur Systems
13.06.2023
Evolution of an Avionics Translator - The Difficulty of Making Something Easy
The MACC II today barely resembles the original MACC that we designed ten years ago. We added numerous capabilities, options and interfaces. Since we did it incrementally and based on customer needs the risk of each of these customizations was minor. After supporting well over 100 projects over land, air and sea the MACC II has become a mature, sophisticated product with a fairly simple user interface.
Strengthening 1553 cyber security using flight simulator data article image
07.11.2022
Strengthening 1553 Cybersecurity Using Flight Simulator Data
Improving 1553 cybersecurity / defense using flight simulation data through Excalibur’s Flight Sim. Convert and read flight sim data for 1553 standard.
09.06.2022
A Short Primer on Today’s Avionics Test Equipment
What avionics testing equipment is, how it has developed over the years, and what challenges manufacturers face today and in the future.
hardware
29.07.2021
Excalibur’s A to D / D to A Module - a different approach
David Koppel
While the analog industry as a whole decided to focus on channel count, sample rate, resolution and several other very technical parameters, we chose to focus on ease of use, ability to synchronize with other digital buses and ability to reproduce previously recorded waveforms.
cyber security
28.07.2021
Flight Simulator use in Cyber Security
David Koppel
With this system a user can use Microsoft’s Flight Simulator to generate real life scenarios based on a database that Microsoft has grown over the course of 40 years.
flight recorder
14.06.2021
Why is ARINC 717 Different from Most Avionics Communication Specifications?
David Koppel
A look into ARINC-717
12.04.2021
6 Key Features of Modern Flight Data Recorders (FDRs)
Flight data recording has evolved a lot since the World War II era. But what have been the qualitative changes in the last few decades? Let’s take a look.
flight simulator
22.05.2020
Why testing avionics using Microsoft Flight Simulator is no game
David Koppel
Take advantage of the huge investment Microsoft has put into Flight Simulator and use it to test your own equipment under near flight scenarios
31.03.2020
The Resilience of Avionics Embedded Cards in the 2020s and Beyond
A quick look at the relevance of avionics embedded cards and associated communication standards like MIL-STD-1553 and ARINC-429 in the field of avionics
02.10.2019
Avionics Test Equipment Industry: Modern Challenges
A look at the challenges faced by avionics test equipment manufacturers as they try to innovate. Read more and check out the equipment.
20.01.2019
How 1553 Remote Terminals Facilitate Data Networking in Aviation
A quick look at how the support for 1553 remote terminals is facilitating data networking even in modern avionics while competing with newer standards.
14.10.2018
How Single, Dual, and Four-Channel 1553 Make the Standard More Versatile
Here’s a quick look at one-channel 1553, two-channel 1553, and four-channel 1553 and their importance in serial bus communication.
The Relevance of Ethernet MIL-STD-1553 Hybrid in Modern Communication
24.06.2018
The Relevance of Ethernet MIL-STD-1553 Hybrid in Modern Communication
In avionics, one of the biggest issues faced by communications engineers and network designers is the non-compatibility between different components. Read about the solution.
19.11.2017
Leveraging the Right Information with an ARINC 429 Data Bus Analyzer
An ARINC 429 data bus analyzer translates your received data into meaningful engineering units. Learn the major benefits of such software.
16.10.2017
Multi-Protocol Boards as Essential Avionics Test Equipment
Multi-protocol boards play a vital role within the vast range of avionics test equipment suitable for use with ARINC 429 and numerous other specifications
28.08.2017
Building a Reliable Data Transfer System Like AFDX
Any modern avionics communications bus like AFDX builds on the success of previous iterations. In some cases, older data transfer models are still widely used.
19.07.2017
A Quick Guide to All the Most Important ARINC 429 Products
As it’s one of the most commonly used specifications used on commercial aircraft today, it’s vitally important that you get to grips with ARINC 429 products
Why are there so many avionics communications specifications
08.06.2017
Why are there so many avionics communications specifications?
David Koppel – CEO | Excalibur Systems Ltd
I recently had occasion to give a course on avionics communications. While I often teach companies about MIL-STD 1553 and ARINC 429, this time I was asked to also speak about ARINC 629, ARINC 664 Part 7 (AFDX) and ARINC 825 (CAN Bus)
14.05.2017
A Guide to the Components of the ARINC 429 Labels List
Understanding the purpose of the individual components of the data word format published in the ARINC 429 labels list will improve your knowledge of avionics
20.04.2017
Protecting ARINC 429 from Radio Interference 
The ARINC 429 data bus must be able to work properly at all times. Protection from interference is one aspect of making sure that it functions optimally.
26.03.2017
MIL-STD-1553 Data Buses Are Not Just For Military Use
MIL-STD-1553 data buses are no longer used solely for military purposes. Discover the various important commercial and scientific uses now possible.
Avionics testing on small aircraft
22.03.2017
Avionics testing on small aircraft
David Koppel
The Lance handheld ARINC-429 tester
13.02.2017
Standard and Benefits of the ARINC 429
The ARNIC 429 standard defines the physical and electrical characteristics of the communication bus used in commercial aircrafts. This allows various components from different manufacturers to co-exist and communicate to each other, while performing different functions.
12.01.2017
A Brief comparison between mil std 1553 and major commercial data bus systems
This article will present a comprehensive comparison of MIL-STD 1553 with ARINC 429 and BITBUS data bus standards
29.12.2016
The Arinc 429 avionic serial data systems: Key characteristics
The ARINC 429 is widely used in avionic systems to provide quality transmission and reception of data and commands.
19.12.2016
The Chief Components of the MIL-STD-1553 Bus Standard
MIL-STD-1553 is the United States Department of Defense Standard for serial data bus communication. The specification describes a data bus, remote terminals, bus couplers, a bus controller, and a bus monitor.
11.12.2016
Advantages and Drawbacks of the ARINC 429 Avionics Data Bus Framework
The arinc 429 data bus package offers a unique transmission framework designed for transport and commercial aircraft. This article will briefly ascertain a handful of the primary advantages and Drawbacks that such a system offers.
28.11.2016
Evolution of Arinc 429
Evolution of arinc 429 towards embedded systems to cater for complex avionics architectures
14.11.2016
The ARINC-429 Standard and its Application
ARINC-429 is an avionics standard that supports efficient network data transfer and reduction of wiring. Its flexibility has made it the most used specification since the 1980’s.
09.10.2016
Extensions to the MIL-STD-1553 Standard
While the biggest advantage the MIL-STD-1553 standard provides for avionics engineers is compatibility, you might not realize that there are actually two specifications that standard covers. Click for more.
28.09.2016
Arinc 429 - data transmission
ARINC 429’s data transmission is unidirectional on a single channel or bus. This standard is known as Mark 33 Digital Information Transfer System (DITS).
20.09.2016
MIL-STD-1553: Operation, Application and Revisions
Mil-STD-1553 operation, advanced application and standard revisions.
08.09.2016
The Avionics World Thrives on ARINC 429
All about arinc 429, the predominant avionics data bus: Where Is arinc 429 Used and The genius of arinc 429
28.08.2016
Evolution and Application of MIL STD 1553 in Modern Technology
The improvements and variations of mil std 1553 that help improve its functionalities.
Implementing a small configurable COTS avionics system
16.08.2016
Implementing a small configurable COTS avionics system
George Sponsler - VP Excalibur Systems
Why use the DRAGON rugged PC/104 Plus Sytem?
Protocol Conversion - Letting You Speak the Same Language
16.08.2016
Protocol Conversion - Letting You Speak the Same Language
David Koppel
Get to know airborne communications protocol conversion solution.
15.08.2016
About ARINC 429, Usage and Features
Read about Arinc 429 key features, usage and interference protection.
11.08.2016
About ARINC 429
All about ARINC 429, a computer bus transfer system, the dominant factor in avionics data bus technology.
11.08.2016
The MIL-STD-1553 Specification
About MIL-STD-1553, The Primary Characteristics of MIL-STD-1553, The Control Bus and The Long-Distance Terminal
24.07.2016
A Look at MIL STD 1553
MIL-STD-1553 is an important aspect of commercial avionics. This standard offers reliability and performance that allows for ease of production.
11.07.2016
What is MIL-STD-1553 All About?
Take a quick look at the MIL-STD-1553 main qualities.
16.06.2016
The Role of ARINC 429 in Modern Avionics
Take a moment to learn why arinc 429 has become the standard for transmitting data between components and systems in both commercial and military flight.
01.06.2016
Overview of MIL STD 1553
MIL-STD-1553 is a hardware and software standard for interconnecting electronic equipment. Click to read more.