ARINC 615 Data Loaders

DL 615 - Data Loaders for ARINC 615 & 603

Versatile Data Loader

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

Key Features

  • Replaces old 3½-inch floppy disk only PDLs
  • Use with any MS Windows® compatible PC
  • 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
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  • Flightline support
  • Avionics development and testing
  • Aircraft maintenance
  • System upgrades

Portable ARINC 615 Data Loader

The DL 615 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.

Logging Capabilities

The DL 615 can be easily configured to log data load sessions for record keeping and debugging purposes. Logs can include basic load details only or detailed records with all bus activity. The entry screen can optionally prompt the user for additional details at the start of a transfer session.


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
  • 53-pin to 31-pin adapter cable (ARINC 603)
  • Locking USB cable
  • Rugged carrying case


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Avionics Interface Peripheral

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

Computer Interface

  • USB 2.0
  • Powered by a single USB port

Cables Included

  • 53-pin data loader cable, 10 ft (3m)
  • 53-pin to 31-pin adapter cable (ARINC 603), 1 ft (0.3m)
  • Locking USB cable, 5 ft (1.5m)


  • Component: -40 to +85 deg C
  • Storage: -55 to +100 deg C


  • USB Interface Peripheral: 3.0 x 4.45 x 0.97 in (76 x 113 x 25 mm)
  • Carrying Case: 16.0 x 13.0 x 6.9 in (407 x 330 x 175 mm)

Software Operating System Requirements

The Data Loader Software requires the Microsoft® Windows® XP Operating System or above. This includes Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

Suggested Hardware System Requirements

  • Intel® Core™2 Duo, 2 GHz (multi-core) processor or higher
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 2 GB of available hard disk space (additional free disk space required for data logging)
  • USB Host Port, 2.0 or higher

Minimum Hardware System Requirements

  • 1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 1 GB of available hard disk space
  • USB 2.0 Host Port

Software Licensing Overview

The Data Loader software license is designed to provide maximum flexibility. There are no dongles to lose or expensive site licenses to manage, just a simple software "key" embedded in the Ballard databus interface hardware. The Data Loader license allows you to install the software on as many computers as desired. Any of these computers are authorized to operate the interface hardware containing the license key.


Ordering Information

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Standard Data Loader Kit

Part NumberDescription
DL-UA1430-01Standard data loader kit with ARINC 429, 8R4T channels

Other Data Loader Kits

ARINC 429 ChannelsARINC 717 ChannelsDL 615 Kit OnlyDL 615 & CoPilot*

*Includes CoPilot analysis & test software
nRnT = number of Receive/Transmit channels

Case Color

The interface hardware is black, for optional Flight Test Orange color add '/FTO' suffix to the above part number.
Example: DL-UA1430-01/FTO

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)