The name ARINC is an abbreviation of the company Aeronautical Radio Incorporated of Annapolis, Maryland, USA. The company exists since 1929 and has in recent years made ​​especially in the aerospace and avionics a name so that a number of communication protocols between different computer systems have been standardized on the basis of ARINCs recommendations. There is hardly a difference between civilian or military application, for both versions ARINC has defined standards. The company employed about 3,200 people in 2003 in about 104 countries and had annual sales of more than 600 million U.S. $.


The best known is probably the standard ARINC 429 aircraft from Airbus and Boeing use this protocol to connect different systems together. The standard for navigation data is defined by the ARINC 424 protocol. Therein, the data format for the exchange of navigational data between Nav Data Provider will ( Lufthansa Systems FlightNav AG (formerly LIDO Flight Nav ), Jeppesen Sanderson, EAEC ) and Avionics manufacturers (Honeywell, Smith, Rockwell Collins, etc. ) is defined. Other widespread standards are ARINC 615 and the specially developed for the Boeing 777 ARINC 629 protocol, an evolution of the ARINC 429 protocol. The well-known under the term AFDX ARINC 664 protocol is based on the outside of aviation ubiquitous Ethernet standard. It is used, among other things, the Airbus A380 and the Boeing 787.

The ARINC in America has a status similar to the IEEE consortium. From their general standards are defined and incidentally operated commercial development and services.


  • 400 Series: Guidelines for Installations, bus systems, wiring, etc.
  • 500 Series: Analog avionics equipment ( used in planes such as the Boeing 727, Douglas DC-9, DC -10, and early models of the Boeing 737, 747 and Airbus A300 )
  • 600 Series: Design Basics for Equipment ARINC 700 series
  • 700 Series: Digital Systems and equipment for modern aircraft, new data protocols
  • 800 Series: technologies to support networking in the aircraft; Standards for fiber connections and high-speed buses
  • 900 Series: avionics systems for integrated modular and networked components

List of ARINC Standards ( Selection)

  • ARINC 404: Standard, which defines the types of aircraft equipment
  • ARINC 424: Format for flight navigation data
  • ARINC 429: Classic data bus for commercial aircraft
  • ARINC 453: Data bus for the transmission of weather radar to display, successor: ARINC 708
  • ARINC 485: data bus communication via RS485
  • ARINC 575: Defines the data format for ARINC 424
  • ARINC 613: Ada in avionics systems
  • ARINC 615: Standard for loading data to aircraft systems
  • ARINC 629: Data bus for civil aircraft ( Boeing 777 ), the development of ARINC 429
  • ARINC 653: Avionics Application Software Standard
  • ARINC 661: Standard for the implementation of glass cockpit displays
  • ARINC 664: Ethernet AFDX protocol for planes
  • ARINC 708: Standard for aviation weather radar systems
  • ARINC 717: Data bus to the flight data recorder
  • ARINC 763: Network Server
  • ARINC 812: Galley System ( galley )
  • ARINC 825: based on CAN bus for Airbus and Boeing
  • ARINC 826: Software Loader