Rugged Aircraft Interface Devices

AB2-AID. The Comprehensive AID Solution

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Solve avionics system integration and compatibility problems with versatile Ballard Aircraft Interface Devices from Astronics. These rugged units are an essential part of many avionics upgrades, such as electronic flight bag (EFB) and in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems, where they serve avionics data while protecting aircraft control domains from interference and corruption.

The Ballard AB2-AID is a comprehensive AID solution with a broad array of avionics I/O and high-level functionality to meet the changing needs of the modern airline industry. It features proven electronic design, rugged construction, and durable 38999 connectors for high reliability and long life. As the preeminent AID on the market, the AB2-AID is ready to manage the most demanding interface programs with valuable built-in features such as a 9-port Ethernet switch, Ethernet to serial bridge, and 8GB flash memory.

The Ready Solution


The AB2-AID is ready to go with high-performance avionics I/O combined with valuable built-in features such as a 9-port Ethernet switch, Ethernet to serial bridge, and 8GB flash memory. All in a compact, rugged package for easier integration and longer life.

Highly Validated

  • Commercial and military
  • Fixed wing, helicopter, ground mobile
  • DO-160 Certified
  • Rugged: MIL-STD-810
  • EMC quiet: MIL-STD-461
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AB2-AID Aircraft Interface Devices at a Glance

Key Features

  • Optimal combination of avionics I/O and operational features
  • Certified device with FAA Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA)
  • Based on proven Ballard AB2000 design deployed on over 30 aircraft platforms
  • Lightweight and low power
  • Integrated 9-port Ethernet switch
  • Multiple AID models available
  • Numerous expansion options

Avionics Interfaces & I/O

  • ARINC 429: 24 channels (16R/8T)
  • ARINC 717: 4 channels (2R/2T)
  • RS-232/423/422/485: 2 channels
  • Ethernet (WAN): Independent or router function
  • Ethernet Switch (LAN): 9-port Managed Ethernet Switch
    - Eight 10/100 Mbps Ethernet ports
    - One 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet port
  • USB 2.0 Host: 2 ports
  • Avionics Discrete I/O: 4 programmable input/output

Optional Interfaces

  • ARINC 708: Up to 4 channels
  • MIL-STD-1553: Up to 4 dual-redundant channels


Versatile Aircraft Interface Devices are ideal for a wide variety of mil-aero applications, including:

  • Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) Integration
  • In-flight entertainment systems
  • Data/protocol converting
  • Data concentrating
  • Firewall protection for critical avionics data
  • On-aircraft data loading

Ordering Information

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AB2-AID and Accessories

Part NumberDescription
50-11026-02Horizontal Mounting Kit
50-11026-03Vertical Mounting Kit
Additional AID Models
In addition to the 50-11026-05 AB2-AID, Astronics provides additional AID models with other features, as well as custom configured AID solutions based on our proven AB3000, AB2000, and AB1000 Avionics Computer families.

Cables & Accessories

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