Avionics Data Loaders

Powerful · Flexible · Reliable

Modern Data Loading Solutions for ARINC 615 and ARINC 603

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The Ballard DL 615 Data Loader is the modern replacement for outmoded 3½-inch floppy-disk-only ARINC 615 portable data loaders (PDL). Any PC running Microsoft® Windows® can perform data loads using the USB to ARINC 429 interface, cables, and software included with the DL 615. While being as simple to use as older floppy disk PDLs, the DL 615 provides record keeping, flexibility in data management, and powerful features for troubleshooting and enabling data loads into difficult LRUs. As an added benefit, the interface can be used as a general purpose ARINC 429 (and optionally ARINC 717) maintenance tool.

The DL 615 provides flexibility in how data to be loaded is stored and managed. Data can be loaded from floppy disks, hard disk, USB device, CD, DVD, and even from wired or wireless network locations. The transfer status display shows exactly how the load is progressing. Some LRUs have non-standard timing and can be difficult to load. The DL 615 provides compliant, tolerant, and custom timing options which, along with the included 615 protocol recording and debugging/diagnostic tools, enable the DL 615 to load LRUs that are impossible to load with other loaders.

Get Reliable Data Loads with the Ballard DL 615 PDL


The DL 615 is the intuitive solution for reliable data loading. It turns any Microsoft Windows PC into a powerful ARINC 615-3 and ARINC 603 data loader.

Key Features

  • Replaces old 3½-inch floppy-disk-only PDLs
  • ARINC 615-3 and 603 protocols
  • Load from floppy, HD, USB, CD, DVD, or network
  • Clear indicators for load progress and status
  • Efficient multi-file, multi-disk and extra-large loads
  • Numerous logging options
  • Protocol recording and diagnostic tools
  • Configurable for problematic LRUs
  • Not ARINC 645 compliant – not for use on aircraft needing to conform to Boeing ICA
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DL 615 Features at a Glance

What's Included

All DL 615 models include the following items:

  • Data loading software (MS Windows)
  • ARINC 429 databus to USB interface (also available with ARINC 717)
  • 53-pin data loader cable, 10 ft (3m)
  • 53-pin to 31-pin adapter cable (ARINC 603)
  • Locking USB cable, 5 ft (1.5m)
  • Rugged carrying case


Avionics Interface Peripheral

  • ARINC 429 protocol
  • 8 receive, 4 transmit channels standard (other channel counts available)
  • Discrete I/O: 8 channels

Computer Interface

  • USB 3.1 models (compatible with USB 2, USB 3, USB 4, and Thunderbolt™ ports) and USB 2.0-only models available
  • Powered by a single USB port


  • NAV database loading
  • Flightline support
  • Avionics development and testing
  • Aircraft maintenance
  • System upgrades

Ordering Information

For more information or to request a quote, call +1.425.339.0281 or fill out the form at the bottom of the page.

DL 615 Data Loader Kits

DescriptionARINC 429ARINC 717Part NumberPart Number w/CoPilot*
USB 3.1**USB 2.0USB 3.1**USB 2.0
Data Loader Kits8R4TDL-UA2430-01DL-UA1430-01DL-UA2430-02DL-UA1430-02
Not recommended
for new programs.
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Not recommended
for new programs.
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*Includes CoPilot analysis & test software
**USB 3.1 devices are also compatible with USB 2.0
nRnT = number of Receive/Transmit channels

Case Color

The interface hardware is blue (USB 3.1 models) or black (USB 2.0 models), for optional Flight Test Orange color insert '/FTO' into the desired part number as shown below.
Example: DL-UA2431/FTO-02

Data Loader Components

The Data Loader software and cables are included in the above kits, but are also available separately for use with previously purchased interface hardware or for replacement.

Part NumberDescription
SW-615-DLData loader software; for use with Ballard BTIDriver compatible interface hardware
1608053-pin data loader cable
1608153-pin to 31-pin adapter cable (ARINC 603)

Cables & Accessories

A wide variety of cables and accessories are available to complement these products.
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