Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS®)

Product description

If a pilot needs a weather report to navigate a storm—at the touch of a button, and within seconds, ACARS® sends timely, accurate information that crew members can display or print. ACARS®—the only data link infrastructure with pole-to-pole global coverage—delivers the critical reliability airlines depend on everyday.

Thirty years ago, ACARS® revolutionized air-to-ground communications, transitioning an entire industry from legacy, voice-reliant systems to data link. It quickly became the standard in aviation, and today is the most trusted, proven, and reliable—achieving 99.999% availability—communications system in the world.

Designed to reduce workload and improve data integrity, ACARS® is a beacon of operational efficiency for airlines—perpetuating critical, automated, real-time messaging between the flight crew and air traffic control (ATC).

ACARS® is also optimized for each airline’s unique needs—featuring custom applications, hardware requirements, formatting and language, and scalable control displays. With such versatility, ACARS® performs many crucial functions:

  • Abnormal flight condition identification
  • Detailed engine reports
  • Repair and maintenance plan
  • Manual e-mail-type messaging between crew and ATC
  • Weather reports

ACARS® benefits airline communications across the board. Highly reliable, worldwide data link coverage from the most trusted name in the business—ARINC—still the aviation communications standard.

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Categories and features

Aircraft communications & connectivity

ACARS messages
ATC messaging
Detailed engine reports (ACARS)
Repair and maintenance plan (ACARS)
Weather reports

Safety management

Abnormal flight condition identification


Our customers expect results. And everyone at ARINC is dedicated to meeting—even exceeding—your expectations. As the premier provider of communications, engineering, and integration solutions, we help our customers in the defense, commercial, and government industries mitigate risk, improve operational and systems performance and meet program requirements. We are a global company distinguished by our technical strength, knowledge, and experience. Our innovation, disciplined pursuit of excellence, and dedication to your success are all key distinctions that define our past, strengthen our present and focus our future.

ARINC is a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group. For more information about ARINC, email

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