Under a new agreement, MRO provider West Star Aviation has become a dealership for CCX Technologies, an onboard cyber security solutions provider. West Star will sell, install, and maintain CCX’s products that offer actionable security capabilities and flight data, including the Canadian-based company’s AP-250, which features two dual-band Wi-Fi radios with encryption and a half-km range, as well as a one terabyte solid-state drive with all data encrypted at rest.
Other CCX products include dataPHY, a compact device that receives onboard avionics databus data such as Arinc 429 for advanced monitoring for anomalies and other flight-critical data events. With the equipment installed on an aircraft, operators can monitor their inflight networks with data sourced from the aircraft itself.
“All this recent attention on security breaches has encouraged operators to want onboard cyber security,” said Aaron Berg, West Star avionics technical sales manager in Grand Junction, Colorado. “It’s a rising concern and an emerging trend we see escalating. As we’ve learned, the AP-250 and dataPHY products are the type of innovation aviation needs, particularly with more and more aircraft becoming connected.”