ARCONICS:

Our meeting with Michael Reilly, VP e-Enablement + Entertainment, pointed out one fact for sure: “Arconics  is hardware agnostic – we are a software company!” To give you a better idea about Arconics, here is a mention of one of their products, CloudStore, we published earlier this past month: “Tigerair Australia has selected the Arconics CloudStore Wireless IFE software platform for installation on its B737-800 aircraft. Over time, the deployment will be fleet-wide and more features introduced to the platform as part of the partnership.” Now, here is a bit more about the product we also published earlier: “CloudStore by Arconics, the next generation, feature-rich, scalable and cost effective Wireless In-Flight Entertainment (W-IFE) platform, has been selected by Tigerair Australia for the airline’s first short-haul services to Bali commencing March 2016. Flights between Australia and Denpasar are operated by Virgin Australia International, providing a Tigerair Australia service, and are subject to regulatory approvals. CloudStore will allow Tigerair Australia to offer a mix of free and paid content offerings to their customers on the Boeing 737-800 fleet of aircraft which the airline will use for its international services. Content will be a mix of Hollywood and Australian movies as well as international and local TV programs, music and real-time destination mapping. Over time, more features will be introduced to the platform.”

Here is the big deal – CloudStore Wireless IFE is driven by the passenger experience, but it also features powerful backend functionality, including rich data analytics in near real-time, to support on-the-go commercial and service decision-making. Further, the product delivers improvements in the IFE content delivery cycle. Airline staff can publish their own content builds and prepare aircraft media: they no longer have to wait to import media from an integrator, and can update content on the platform without delays.

Mr. Reilly also noted that: “Corendon Dutch Airlines has selected the Arconics CloudStore Wireless IFE software platform for installation on its B737-800 aircraft. Arconics will provide a turnkey solution for Corendon Dutch Airlines, including the software platform, mobile apps, and content licensing and encoding. Content for the go-live system will include Hollywood and Dutch movies, television shows, music, moving map, and destination content for the guests of Corendon Dutch Airlines.”

EFB and Document Management for Flight Operations are also two big areas of Arconics’ efforts. They provide these services for Qatar (their biggest customer), as well as Cathay Pacific , Ryanair, Are Lingus, and Philippine Airlines. Noted Mr. Reilly: “We are hardware agnostic, Arconics is a software company. We can do a complete turn-key approach or we can work on a modular basis.  Since we are hardware agnostic, we can fit into any mold, as every aircraft is different. Further,” he noted, “Arconics is growing rapidly, as a result of the need for our services – we now have 45 people, while just a couple years ago, we were at 12.”

Arconics shines in software development applications, and Mr. Reilly told IFExpress that the reason App development is a big deal is because each airline is different, and since the company is an experienced software developer, they are still a size that that allows flexibility – the message here is they are a software provider but because of their size they can provide different levels of service dependent on the demand. In Arctics case…one size fits all!


KID Systeme:

“Entertaining connected passengers” is KID-Systeme’s mission and ambition and at Aircraft Interiors Expo 2016 KID-Systeme featured SKYpower Combined, which is the latest iteration of SKYpower to help facilitate this goal. SKYpower Combined is an in-seat passenger power unit that allows the airline to select from the following outlet options: a combined 110-volt AC and a 2.1 amp USB power source in one outlet; a single 110-volt AC outlet; a dual 2.1 amp USB charge per outlet; or a single 2.1 amp USB outlet. There is a streamlined power box per seat group that is either mounted under the seat or on a seat leg. The product is designed to guarantee airline passengers fast and simultaneous power to use their tablets, smartphones and/or laptops inflight. Green production and a focus on economy are very important manufacturing elements to KID-Systeme. “SKYpower is made in Germany, which has strict stipulations for the manufacturing. Our production is based on economy of resources and an efficient logistical approach,” said Maren Muente PR & Communications of KID-Systeme. “As a result, SKYpower is a very green product. Minimal shipping distance is just one example of this eco consciousness. We call it the next generation of power.” SKYpower Combined is currently in product development with the first shipset to be delivered in fourth quarter 2016.

The company also featured several concepts and project studies. One such study, Qi inductive seatback charging, was developed in conjunction with Recaro. Another project study on display was “Watchdog” – an alarm mechanism that detected whether the airplane door was deactivated before the exit door handle is released. Watchdog is a preventive and reliable warning system with integrated motion detection. It is an easy ‘plug & play’ installation. The primary object of the product is to reduce the number of accidental evacuation slide deployments… a costly and embarrassing occurrence!

We also want to mention a couple of the the KID-Systeme awards that they have recently won. At AIX, the folks from KID-Systeme garnered the Airbus Cabin BFE Supplier Award, and the affable Patrick Schrot, General Manager of KID-Systeme GmbH, told IFExpress: “We were one of six suppliers who received the Airbus Cabin BFE Supplier Award 2015 for “excellent” rating! A great honor and special highlight at this year’s 2016 AIX!” Airbus spotlighted the suppliers of Buyer-Furnished-Equipment (BFE) for its jetliner cabin interiors, acknowledging those companies that achieved notable customer satisfaction levels in 2015 with awards given to these top performers during Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany. Here is what Airbus said about the award process: “The suppliers recognized by Airbus were identified through the company’s Supplier Support Rating process, which captured in-service feedback from over 130 Airbus customers. Buyer-Furnished-Equipment refers to items selected and purchased by the customer when acquiring a jetliner, which is then installed in the aircraft. For cabin interiors, typical examples include passenger seats, galleys and in-flight entertainment systems. The suppliers were evaluated based on the following criteria: the ability to provide continuously reliable equipment and associated technical support; effectiveness of operational support services, bench marked against Airbus’ industry-leading supplier support standards; and customer feedback concerning cost of ownership.”

KID was also duly proud of their 2015 Gold Performance Excellence Award from Boeing. The Boeing Company issues the award annually to recognize suppliers who have achieved superior performance. 107 of 530 suppliers received the Gold level of recognition. KID maintained a Gold composite performance rating for each month of the the 12-month performance period. “The Gold Award is a clear statement of our customer focused way of working. Rising from Silver to Gold status makes us very proud,” said Patrick Schrot. KID Systeme supplies SKYpower for the Next-Generation 737 and 757 single aisle aircraft, as well as, the 747,767, and 777 twin aisle jetliners.


PXCom:

IFExpress stopped by to catch up with PXCom’s Cyril Jean at AIX and he had some interesting updates for us. In case you don’t remember, PXCom offers airlines a way of enriching their IFE by including a full-scale media that integrates tourist/destination content and/or advertising. They produce destination tourist guides in multimedia format and can integrate additional profiling and CRM related solutions into any IFE platform. PXCom states that they have the potential to help airlines increase their net income per passenger on operated destinations by up to 40%. Currently, PXCom is working with three European airlines and are on more than 100 aircraft, integrating with three different IFE systems. During AIX 2016, they announced a partnership with IMM International, a world-leading agency with over 30 years in inflight media advertising, serving 150+ airlines.Our expertise lies in supporting brands in their multi-channel campaigns aiming at reaching the traveler, including digital,” explained Nicolas Devos, IMM’s CEO. “This encompasses pre- and post-flight. The partnership with PXCom brings the missing piece of the puzzle: the digital inflight advertising.” This enables any brand to launch an efficient digital inflight ad campaign on any IFE platform. “IMM brings the advertisers, their expectations and a strong mobile & web advertising experience to reach the travelers,” stated Cyril Jean, PXCom’s CEO, “We work with the airlines and IFE manufacturers, in the assets definition, in order to get the right balance between #PaxEx and expected revenues. Then we connect to the IFE, and open a new revenue stream for the airline.”


Other:

  • The folks at SITA have been a big proponent of the Internet of Things (IoT), especially where it concerns airports. They note: “Today, 83% of passengers carry a smartphone and this is now the unifying technology in transport that will provide a connected end-to-end experience. SITA’s report shows that smartphones are reshaping travel behavior and with growth rates of around 80% or more at the check-in and boarding pass stages it is clear passengers are keen to use their own technology.” The go on to say: The groundwork by the air transport industry to establishing the infrastructure and processes that enable more seamless travel experiences is well under way and gathering further momentum. Over the next three years the vast majority of airlines and airports are planning to invest in mobile services for passengers and most airports will also be financing self-service processes. You might want to read more from the SITA folks in their paper: “The Future is Connected.”
  • With our limited travel budget we have found that there are at least two means to improve your long-haul flight:  a) The first is to buy an upgrade to economy plus (or your airline’s equivalent brand) at around $200/$300 per international flight segment; and b) the other way is to purchase a pair of BOSE QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones. The later will only require an initial expenditure for the first flight! Not to mention, you can use them with your Smartphone too! –  PLWiseman | Editor, Publisher & Co-Founder of IFExpress & Airfax.com/blog

Los Angeles, CA | April 26, 2016– Global Eagle Entertainment Inc., (Nasdaq:ENT) (“GEE”) a worldwide provider of media content, connectivity systems and operations solutions to the travel industry, and Dubai-based flydubai today announced the launch of inflight connectivity and entertainment on flydubai Boeing 737 aircraft, utilizing GEE’s Airconnect Ku IFE&C system.

Deployment of the Airconnect system on flydubai’s fleet is underway, providing high-speed connectivity and live television to passenger’s personal devices inflight. In addition to connectivity and broadcast television, GEE provides flydubai with media content for viewing on the airline’s seatback inflight entertainment system, as well as electronic flight bag (EFB) solutions to support airline operations.

“This launch marks a major milestone in delivering high-speed satellite connectivity aboard our flights and brings technical capabilities that will continue to differentiate the airline from its peers,” said Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer, flydubai. “GEE’s total end-to-end solution allows us to enhance our award-winning IFE&C strategy and bring a new level of service to our passengers.”

“GEE has enabled flydubai to take control of the total inflight passenger experience like never before, starting with integrated inflight entertainment, connectivity, digital media solutions and rounding it out with real-time data operations solutions,” said Dave Davis, Chief Executive Officer, GEE. “We’re looking forward to tailoring additional solutions that will continue to enhance the flydubai passenger experience in the months and years ahead.”

  • Arconics to Unveil AeroDocs, Nextgen Airline Document and Compliance Management Software at WASS 2016

Dublin, Ireland | April 21, 2016– Aviation software company Arconics announces that it will display its nextgen digital document control software, AeroDocs, at the World Aviation Safety Summit, to be held in Dubai, UAE, on April 25-26, 2016.

AeroDocs is reliable, trusted airline document control software. AeroDocs software is currently being deployed by Qatar Airways, to help ensure continuing compliance across the airline’s mixed fleet. Our software can be quickly deployed to solve immediate problems, and can scale up as needs grow. Digital document control and regulatory compliance come easy with AeroDocs Document Management System.

Nancy Derby, IOSA-certified Document Control and Compliance Team Leader at Arconics (pictured left), said:

“An effective management system should be underpinned by the principals of compliance, quality and safety assurance. Document management plays a significant role as part of this system, aimed at achieving the highest global aviation compliance standards. Regulators provide an oversight to ensure that compliance is maintained by service providers. This is achieved with planned and unplanned audits and inspections.

“The AeroDocs software approach makes it easier to keep track of document revisions, ownership, approvals, change requests and acknowledgements (of who has read the documents). One of the key elements of controlled documents is accessibility: for staff to have access to the relevant document, the latest version and, most importantly, access to the correct information where needed. Which brings us to the challenge that most operators face: preventing the use of incorrect documentation/revisions and for documents to be securely managed in order to avoid uncontrolled modifications, drafts or copies.

“In order to achieve compliance standards set by aviation regulators, for starters an operator must provide the infrastructure to make the correct information available where needed to facilitate collective ownership of the management systems within the organisation. AeroDocs delivers that infrastructure.”

Niall O’Sullivan, CEO at Arconics (pictured right), said:

“Our vision of the connected aircraft software ecosystem unites all the participants in the journey, from airline management to regulators, from Ops Control to the flightcrew, from cabin crew to the passengers. We need to ensure that the right data is always available to the right people at the right time.

“AeroDocs Airline Document Management System gives operators complete control over their digital documents. Control is a critical factor in a successful safety policy, and maintaining up-to-date records. This contributes greatly to successful safety audit outcomes.”

AeroDocs document control software is loaded with features and benefits, to meet the needs of every airline type:

  1. The creation of complex XML documents is simplified in an intuitive web editor that enables policy makers and subject matter experts to easily edit, review and approve documents.
  2. Collaboration among teams helps to boost productivity.
    Automated creation of indexes, tables and front-matter speed up complex document creation and prevents errors in the revision cycle.
  3. Standardisation can be enforced across all documents with policy controls
  4. Document readers get the best user experience with enhanced search and annotation capability.
  5. Tracked digital distribution enables the transition to paperless cockpit and operations.
  6. Effectivity management allows the easy creation and maintenance of aircraft-specific manuals.
  7. Pilots get fast document access, with lightning-fast scope search, across the digital library.
  8. Pilot experience is central to the AeroDocs Viewer – annotations and highlights are stored.
  9. Up to 40kg less weight per flight (Vs paper EFB), delivering significant fuel savings across the airline.
  10. Greater fuel economies bring environmental benefits.
  11. Regulatory compliance and audits are made easier, with records of all controlled document distribution.
  12. Can be delivered as a fully hosted solution or installed on premise.

 

Arconics Unveils AeroDocs Enterprise, Nextgen Airline Document and Compliance Management Software

Hamburg, Germany | April 6, 2016– Aviation software company Arconics today reveals its nextgen document and compliance management software at AIX 2016.

AeroDocs Enterprise – Collaborative XML authoring, controlled digital document distribution, compliance management, enterprise security. A module of our Connected Aircraft Platform, the hardware-agnostic software solution for airlines that delivers the best user experience in the cockpit (EFB and document viewing), in the cabin (wireless IFE) and in Ops Control (document and manual authoring distribution).

The ultimate nextgen document creation and management solution is the leading choice for airlines that demand the the highest standards of consistency and compliance across the enterprise, and into the paperless cockpit. AeroDocs has been specifically developed for airlines that want to implement a controlled document authoring distribution system across the organisation, with complex workflow, user management and security needs. AeroDocs Enterprise harnesses the power of the nextgen digital document format, XML. The advanced Author module enables the fast creation of complex documents in XML format. Collaboration and consistency are integral and everything is so easy to control. The AeroDocs Distributor module delivers XML manuals and documents, and also distributes PDFs generated from any source. Regulatory compliance is made easy by nextgen AeroDocs, which has advanced regulation-tracking functionality as well as detailed workflow records and audit trails. AeroDocs manages the controlled distribution of documents to the correct people and groups. All distribution actions are stored for audit purposes. Integral to this solution is the world-leading AeroDocs Viewer, which enables fast viewing of controlled documents on iPad and Windows Surface tablet (web viewer also available).

Benefits delivered:

  1. The creation of complex XML documents is simplified in an intuitive web editor that enables policy makers and subject matter experts to easily edit, review and approve documents.
  2. Collaboration among teams helps to boost productivity.
  3. Automated creation of indexes, tables and front-matter speed up complex document creation and prevents errors in the revision cycle.
  4. Standardisation can be enforced across all documents with policy controls
  5. Document readers get the best user experience with enhanced search and annotation capability.
  6. Tracked digital distribution enables the transition to the paperless cockpit and operations.
  7. Effectivity management allows the easy creation and maintenance of aircraft-specific manuals.
  8. Pilots get fast document access, with lightning-fast scope search, across the digital library.
  9. Pilot experience is central to the AeroDocs Viewer – annotations and highlights are stored.
  10. Up to 40kg less weight per flight (Vs paper EFB), delivering significant fuel savings across the airline.
  11. Greater fuel economies bring environmental benefits.
  12. Regulatory compliance and audits are made easier, with records of all controlled document distribution.
  13. Can be delivered as a fully hosted solution or installed on premise.

El Segundo, CA | March 2016– Teledyne Controls, the aircraft data and information management business, and aerospace software provider PACE have signed a new partnership deal that will enable airlines and individual flight crews to actively improve their flying efficiency and fuel consumption, and pilots to receive live weather updates direct to an Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) while in flight.

Interfaced with the Teledyne GroundLink® Comm+ system and its new integrated Aircraft Interface Device (AID) function AID+, PACE’s Pacelab Flight Profile Optimizer software can draw live data from the aircraft’s avionics buses to determine the most cost-efficient flight trajectory. Using real-time operational and meteorological data and a holistic optimization approach for the remaining route to destination, Pacelab Flight Profile Optimizer provides pilots with reliable information on how to minimise trip cost. The resulting reduction of fuel burn is significant averaging up to 2% per year.

And with the addition of inflight weather updates direct to the crews’ tablet devices via Teledyne’s GroundLink® AID+ ACARS proxy interface, crews have a complete picture of their ongoing flight, and any changes in profile that may be required through a change in circumstances to achieve greater operational and fuel efficiencies.

An ACARS proxy allows multiple EFBs to send and receive ACARS messages, supporting pilots with ground and air Flight Operations communications, the distribution of flight documents, and load sheets. Crucially, airlines do not need to install a separate AID unit to benefit from the PACE/Teledyne partnership. With more than 8,000 Teledyne GroundLink® units already flying, it is an easy transition for those with the technology already installed, protecting their legacy investment.

Murray Skelton, Director of Business Development at Teledyne Controls, says that the ease of integration has been key: “By a simple interface with our AID+ unit and the PACE application, we can deliver all of the key flight data, and external data such as weather updates direct to a tablet to enable pilots to make informed decisions about their flight, and proactively find ways of maximising their fuel efficiency.”

PACE Managing Partner Oliver Kranz explains how the agreement is a genuine ‘win win’ for all parties: “For airlines to realize the full benefits of AID, they need to see a tangible return on investment,” he says. “Integrating PACE with Teledyne’s systems delivers a new level of control, and feedback from the first users is already encouraging.

“With Teledyne’s significant installed base, we have an immediate network and channel to market,” he continues. “We give Teledyne a tangible business case for airlines to upgrade to GroundLink® AID+, with proven cost efficiencies.”

  • A total of 110 airlines plan routes using the flight planning system from Lufthansa Systems

Raunheim, Germany | December 3, 2015– The year 2015 was a successful one for the Lido/Flight flight planning system from Lufthansa Systems. In addition to several new contracts, contract renewals and product implementations, the experts of the airline IT specialist are working on the new generation of the solution, Lido/Flight 4D. Lido/Flight is being used successfully worldwide by leading airlines of all sizes, business models and alliances – including low-cost, network, cargo and charter airlines.

Lido/Flight has performed successfully in the market for more than 15 years. This year, the customer base expanded to comprise a total fleet of around 5,800 aircraft. A total of 110 airlines are currently using Lido/Flight to calculate over 30,000 flights daily. Lufthansa Systems acquired important new customers for its flight planning solution in 2015, and several existing customers renewed their contracts. “We are especially proud of our eight successful implementations – the most extensive and, in terms of the Chinese market, most important one being the implementation for China’s largest airline, China Southern. After the project implementation phase, it’s always nice to see our customers profiting from our solution in their daily business and planning optimal routes with Lido/Flight,” said Dr. Bernd Jurisch, Vice President Lido/Flight at Lufthansa Systems.

Lufthansa Systems also offers its customers the opportunity to set up a cross-airline platform for Lido/Flight. Two such platforms were successfully introduced for customers this year so that the participating partner airlines can leverage synergies and plan their flights even more efficiently. There are a number of advantages to a shared platform: First, the airlines save money thanks to the simplified infrastructure because every participating customer can access the same system from their respective sites. They also benefit from operational advantages – both in their daily work and in the event of operational irregularities. This is because the shared platform enables all of the partners to plan each other’s routes and comprehensively optimize processes in the Operations Control Center. A total of three platforms are in use, one involving four airlines and two with three airlines each.

The core features of the flight planning solution are the integrated and continually updated aeronautical database and the so-called optimizer. Based on all flight-related data, weather conditions and the current airspace situation including any restrictions, Lido/Flight fully automatically or interactively calculates the most suitable route for each flight. The system has around 2,700 configuration parameters, enabling it to be adapted to specific customer requirements and regulations. Lido/Flight provides dispatchers with significant optimization options regarding flight time, fuel consumption or costs of each flight. In various comparative analyses based on more than 4,000 flight plans, Lido/Flight was able to reduce fuel costs by an average of 2 percent, cut flying times by 1.9 percent and save 1.6 percent of air traffic control fees compared to its competitors.

Lufthansa Systems is working closely with its customers and partners on the further development of the system. The focus is on modern 4D optimization based on various target functions as well as the further automation of flight planning and control processes. “With Lido/Flight 4D, we will meet future flight planning and control demands while expanding our market share at the same time,” Jurisch explained. “We will continue to focus on this project in the new year.”

  • Live connectivity from Gogo will enrich the in-flight experience for popular business aviation apps from FlightAware, ForeFlight, Honeywell and WSI

NBAA, Las Vegas | November 16, 2015– Gogo Inc. (NASDAQ: GOGO), the leading provider of in-flight connectivity and wireless entertainment solutions to the global aero market, announces several cockpit and operational applications that will be available for use with its ATG 1000 in-flight connectivity system in the business aviation market, beginning in December 2015.

Via the Gogo Biz network service, the ATG 1000 system already enables voice, high-performance e-mail with attachments, and calling and texting with passengers’ own smartphones and mobile numbers. Today’s announcement means that it will also support select cockpit and operational applications through Gogo’s partnerships with the industry’s leading app providers.

John Wade, Gogo Business Aviation’s executive vice president and general manager, said, “To many pilots, the only thing better than using the latest generation of apps in the cockpit is using them with a live Internet connection, and that’s what today’s announcement will bring. The ATG 1000 is business aviation’s most affordable broadband system – it’s a great solution for light jets, turboprops and owner-flown aircraft, and adding cockpit app capabilities makes it even better.”

Beginning in December 2015, Gogo’s ATG 1000 connectivity system will support the following apps:

Provider Apps Description
FlightAware Flight Tracker FlightAware Global Enables worldwide flight tracking, nearby aircraft monitoring, push notifications and flight alerts, worldwide airport delay and status notification, and more. For iPhone, iPad and Android devices. Also available on www.flightaware.com
ForeFlight ForeFlight Mobile Provides flight planning, route briefing and filing, inflight moving map with real-time weather, US and Canada VFR and IFR charts, geo-referenced taxi charts, destination information, flight notifications, cloud documents, and more. For Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch devices. www.foreflight.com
Honeywell myGDC Utilize Honeywell’s MyGDC mobile app to simplify your flight operations and gain access to Global Data Center (GDC) services on your iPad. Pilots can create and file flight plans, customize, email & download trip kits and access up-to-the minute weather updates and airspace information. www.mygdc.com
WSI Corporation Pilotbrief Optima Delivers preflight briefings and continuous updates directly to the iPad, including high definition weather layers (radar, satellite IR, VIL and EchoTop mosaics), route-specific weather and NOTAM briefings, tropical storm tracks, graphic METARS, ten day planning forecasts, and more. www.wsi.com

Logistically, ATG 1000 customers will obtain apps directly from the respective providers and maintain any required subscriptions. Ongoing data usage for the apps will be covered by the customer’s choice of Gogo Biz data plan, and no additional setup fees or subscriptions are required.

For a limited time, Gogo is offering ATG 1000 customers three months of data service for a flat monthly rate of $395/month, with no overage fees. After that, customers can select from a variety of Gogo Biz data plans to meet their ongoing needs.

Gogo expects to continue expanding the list of approved apps for the ATG 1000 system in the future.

  • Connectivity upgrade for improved passenger experience

Preview APEX Asia Conference/FTE Asia EXPO | November 9, 2015– Singapore Airlines will deploy SITAONAIR‘s next-generation passenger high-speed broadband connectivity services (Wi-Fi and mobile phone text and data services) on its long range fleet, using Inmarsat’s GX Aviation satellite network.

Singapore Airlines and SITAONAIR have been at the forefront of inflight connectivity innovation. The airline was an early adopter of connectivity, on its A340s, as well as one of the first to provide connectivity on the A380. Recently, it has been providing free Wi-Fi sessions to the passengers in First and Business Class cabins through promotional sponsorship.

The airline’s priority has always been to provide the very best inflight experience and knows passenger connectivity solutions have a central role in that.

The third GX Aviation satellite was successfully launched at the end of August, completing the constellation that provides consistent global coverage. GX Aviation provides data speeds of up to 50MBps to the aircraft: for the very first time, there really will be no difference between being in the air and being on the ground. The onboard Wi-Fi will reflect what most people are used to at home. It will also provide Singapore Airlines with greater capabilities to personalize its services.

“Singapore Airlines is one of the most respected carriers in the world. By choosing SITAONAIR services, it clearly demonstrates the superiority of GX Aviation in terms of passenger experience, reliable and global coverage,” said Ian Dawkins, CEO of SITAONAIR. “What is particularly exciting is that this is only the beginning of what we can do with connectivity. We already provide connectivity solutions for airline operations, from flight tracking to crew tablets, and from electronic flights bags to air traffic control AIRCOM services. The introduction of GX Aviation opens up a whole new world of opportunities for the connected aircraft.”

The installation of the first GX Aviation system powered by Honeywell’s JetWave satellite communications hardware is scheduled for the second half of 2016.
The first aircraft type to be equipped will be Singapore Airlines’ B777-300ER aircraft, followed by A380-800s and A350-900s.

As well as being the Wi-Fi Internet and mobile phone service provider, SITAONAIR will also manage the certification process of the GX Aviation system for the B777-300ER fleet, and provide the airborne GX Aviation systems for both the Boeing and the A380-800 fleets. Thales will provide the airborne connectivity system for the A350-900s with SITAONAIR providing the Wi-Fi Internet and Mobile phone service. Zodiac Inflight Innovations will provide the JetWave GX Aviation Satcom for the A380-800 and B777-300ER retrofit programs.

  • EFB Forum Dubai: Lufthansa Systems presents new developments and features in connection with Lido/Navigation

Raunheim, Germany | November 2, 2015– Airline IT specialist Lufthansa Systems today announced that they will present new developments and features for its navigation portfolio at the Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) Users Forum in Dubai from Tuesday to Thursday this week. The presentation will also include the new release of the electronic Lido/eRouteManual navigation solution featuring a Mobile Updater that will allow wireless data updates to mobile Windows based devices including Windows 10.

Every year, approximately 570 million passengers fly all over the world on the basis of navigation charts from Lufthansa Systems. The customer base for the Lido/Navigation solutions includes numerous airlines across the globe with a strong presence in the Middle East. “The Middle East region is becoming ever more important to us,” says Igor Dimnik, Head of Products at Lufthansa Systems. “The changeover to a paperless cockpit is increasingly gaining significance for many airlines. Naturally, it is very important for us to have a local presence to consult and support our customers and present our latest solutions here at the EFB Users Forum.”

Lido/eRouteManual provides electronic navigation charts for all flight phases as well as high-precision airport charts that also can be provided as an Airport Moving Map (AMM). Lido/AMM displays geo-referenced airport maps with own-ship position that flight crews use for enhanced situational awareness during ground operations. The gate position is highlighted and flight crews are warned when entering runway safety areas, unanticipated runways or before performing a potential take-off on a taxiway.

Airlines will benefit from the new Lido/eRouteManual release in a variety of ways. Firstly, pilots are no longer tied to fixed updating processes thanks to wireless data updating via the Mobile Updater. Going forward, they can update the digital navigation charts anytime and anywhere. This saves time and allows them maximum flexibility, because an Internet connection is all they need to update.

Secondly, airline administrators no longer have to deal with time-consuming follow-up and documentation of updates, as they can check the status of updates on all devices throughout the entire fleet at any time via the new DDS (Data Distribution System) portal. This is important because each navigation chart update must be clearly documented for the authorities. Airlines that also use the Lido/mPilot app can control both applications via the same web portal, which greatly facilitates administration. “The simplified update process and reliable monitoring features will save everyone time and money,” emphasizes Dimnik.

Through the global partnership between Lufthansa Systems and Microsoft, the release of Lido/eRouteManual on Windows 10, is another example of driving market impact within aviation to enhance the pilot and crew in-flight experience. Lido/eRouteManual is already used by more than 50 airlines worldwide. With its move to Windows 10, the Lido/eRouteManual app will receive new touch enablement zooming and support for high resolution displays, along with enterprise grade security and manageability for the modern work force.

The EFB Users Forum takes place twice a year and is one of the most important events in the EFB industry. At the Forum, providers and aircraft manufacturers demonstrate their latest developments and discuss the technical and operational trends surrounding the Electronic Flight Bag with airline representatives.

  • Lufthansa Group subsidiary teams with Teledyne Controls to become first to manage data and flight safety information from a single device


El Segundo, CA | September 2, 2015–
Austrian Airlines, part of the Lufthansa Group, has become the first airline in the world to use, as a single device, the GroundLink® Comm+ system from Teledyne Controls, to collect and manage flight data and enable the Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) system connectivity and ACARS over IP, by implementing the new GroundLink® AID+ feature.

The GroundLink® system, which is an Airbus/Boeing certified solution, has recently been upgraded to include the Aircraft Interface Device (AID) capability, which means that no additional AID device needs to be installed, thus giving Austrian Airlines a tremendous competitive advantage.

And because the device uses cellular media to transmit data, including EFB and ACARS data, no additional communication costs are involved.

Hans-Jürgen Neufert, Regional Director, Sales and Service for Teledyne Controls, says that Austrian Airlines is the first to adopt GroundLink® AID+ for its full capabilities and for all the right reasons: “It takes the challenge of connectivity and communication across multiple devices and effectively solves it,” he says.

Austrian Airlines has only recently begun implementing a new EFB regime, central to which is the use of a consumer Tablet that is mounted in the cockpit. The Teledyne system connects via Ethernet with the airline’s chosen EFB Tablet (the Microsoft Surface Pro 3), giving pilots a range of new capabilities including access to aircraft avionics data and data store as well as interface with aircraft ACARS systems and cockpit printers direct to their Tablet.

Dr. Philipp Haller, A320-Captain and EFB-Administrator at Austrian Airlines, says that pilots are now able to use EFBs in all phases of flight: “In particular, this applies to critical phases such as take-off and landing,” he says.

“Our EFB system enables us to synchronize a wide range of the latest data, information and flight-related documentation prior to flight, meaning it is then available offline during flight. The immediate availability of manuals, charts or checklists enormously increases the ability to take action in the air.”

Hans-Jürgen Neufert, says that GroundLink® AID+ will help take EFB functionality to another level: “Not only does our system add essential EFB support services to the GroundLink® Comm+ unit, but it also gives pilots a level of functionality and support that could help dramatically improve flight operations.”

The GroundLink® AID+ function extends the airline’s investments already made in the GroundLink® Comm+ provisions and hardware for applications such as automated wireless Flight Data download and wireless distribution of software parts across the fleet. Enabling the AID+ functions is very easy as it only requires a software upgrade to the GroundLink® Comm+ Unit. Additional information regarding GroundLink® AID+ can be found at http://www.teledyne-controls.com/productsolution/groundlinkaid/overview.asp.

  • 2015 EFB Forum: Lufthansa Systems presents new Lido/mPilot iPad app

Kelsterbach | June 3, 2015– Lufthansa Systems today announced that it will present its new Lido/mPilot app as well as the latest features of its Lido/eRouteManual navigation solution and Lido/AMM airport moving map at this year’s Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) Users Forum, which takes place in Denver from June 2-4, 2015.

Lido/mPilot is an iPad-based, all-in-one navigation solution from Lufthansa Systems. It includes terminal maps, a dynamically generated, seamless enroute chart and a system for managing and distributing documents. The modular app also offers a variety of additional features that improve flight deck workflow efficiency. In Denver, Lufthansa Systems and UTC Aerospace Systems will present an iOS-based prototype which integrates UTC Aerospace Systems’ new Tablet Interface Module TIM™ hardware into the Lido/mPilot application. This integration makes it possible to connect iPads via Bluetooth (or cable) so that pilots can quickly and easily exchange documents and information.

“The trend shows that airlines are increasingly using tablets in an EFB environment. Here in Denver we are presenting the corresponding applications and features – both for iPads and for Windows-based tablets,” said Igor Dimnik, Head of Product Management Flight Deck Solutions. “As connectivity in the cockpit will play an ever greater role in the future, exchanging information and integrating the relevant data – such as weather information – will happen even faster.”

The Windows-based Lido/eRouteManual navigation solution, which was originally developed for permanently installed devices, has also been optimized for tablet use by the airline IT specialist. Microsoft and Lufthansa Systems are closely cooperating in this context. The two companies are strategically aligned in regards to the further development of the Lido/eRouteManual charting application and its usability on Windows tablets. One focal point here is the future integration of the Windows 10 platform capabilities. Lido/eRouteManual provides electronic navigation charts for takeoff and landing procedures as well as airport and route charts that contain all relevant route information.

In addition to the product presentations at the Lufthansa Systems stand (number 7), experts from Lufthansa Systems will give a talk on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, about a new feature for displaying previously flown routes on navigation charts. This should give pilots a decision-making basis for optimal flight preparation.

The EFB Forum is one of the most important events in the EFB industry, where providers and aircraft manufacturers demonstrate their latest developments and discuss the technical and operational trends surrounding the Electronic Flight Bag with airline representatives.

  • New system will be an option on Airbus A320 and A330 aircraft families

Cedar Rapids, Iowa | May 4, 2015–Rockwell Collins has been selected by Airbus to provide the Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) interface and communication unit (EICU) for Airbus A320 and A330 aircraft families. The optional system for airlines, exclusively provided by Rockwell Collins, will be available and certified next year.

The EICU, a lightweight, compact unit that is part of Rockwell Collins’ Secure Server Router product portfolio, leverages proven technology from the onboard information management system that the company already supplies for other Airbus aircraft types. It securely connects to portable and factory-installed EFBs in the cockpit via wireless or wired connections.

The system’s embedded router enables the EFB to interconnect with select onboard and external networks, including the avionics, maintenance information, airline operating centers, connecting gates and the cabin. This technology finds the most cost-effective communication channel available, whether it is cellular, WiFi, SATCOM or ACARS, for connecting the EFB to external networks. The unit also features a virtual digital aircraft condition monitoring system (ACMS) recorder (VDAR) that leverages the ground cellular/WiFi connectivity to automatically download quick access recorder (QAR) files to airline ground servers.

“The EICU is a another step in the progression of our information management solutions strategy and an extension of the success we’ve had with Airbus on other aircraft types,” said Greg Irmen, vice president and general manager, Flight Controls and Information Systems for Rockwell Collins. “This new EFB solution for A320s and A330s is central to onboard and off-aircraft networks. It enables pilots to quickly and efficiently connect with essential decision-making tools to make flight operations safer and more efficient.”

The EICU will also be flexible enough to accommodate future networking technologies that may become available.

  • Innovative service provides live weather condition updates from takeoff to landing for more on-time, safer and comfortable flights

Phoenix, Arizona | April 20, 2015– Honeywell Aerospace (NYSE: HON) has released version 1 of a new online weather service that will provide pilots with continuously updated, in-flight weather information. The Weather Information Service, which is delivered through a mobile app and tablet, will alert pilots to potentially hazardous weather along their flight path.

The app gives pilots a comprehensive, up-to-date view of weather along the planned route of flight, which makes it easier to plan for weather-related diversions. Currently, pilots are often referring to outdated printouts or occasional radio dispatches, some hours old, for weather information. The service can save time for pilots, reduce fuel costs for airlines, and increase safety and comfort for passengers.

Honeywell’s Weather Information Service is simple and fast for pilots to use; it was designed by studying their tablet usage, habits and preferences. The app will be regularly updated to provide the latest features to pilots, and the next release will be available in late 2015. The service builds on the success of its current graphical weather product and will also complement the company’s IntuVue 3-D Weather Radar.

“The impact of weather and turbulence on airlines and passengers is very significant. At Honeywell, we want to give pilots the early warning services they need to plan more efficient and safer flight paths around bad weather,” said Michael Edmonds, vice president, Marketing and Product Management, Honeywell Aerospace. “Traditionally, pilots receive weather information at the start of their day and get updates through radio dispatch, which does not provide real-time information. With the new service, pilots can take advantage of an intuitive display of current weather information to best manage their flight path and get passengers to their destination safely and on time.”

People are accustomed to having information at their fingertips with personal electronic devices, whether they are on the ground or in the air. Honeywell is placing more emphasis on the customer experience and support throughout all phases of a flight by offering services to ensure that anyone involved in flying has easy access to the information they need, when they need it, to enhance efficiency and safety.

Improved Weather Detection
Honeywell’s Weather Information Service will greatly help pilots gain more awareness of their environment by providing up-to-date weather information throughout a flight. Current features include:

  • Weather radar display shows potentially hazardous weather in a graphical format, localized spatially on a map, making it easy for pilots to understand and make critical in-flight routing decisions.
  • Cumulonimbus cloud display allows pilots to get a vertical view of potential storm clouds. This lets them compare weather conditions at different altitudes, making routing safer and more efficient.
  • Clear air turbulence prediction display clearly shows potential areas of greater turbulence, making flights safer and helping to reduce aircraft damage and maintenance.
  • Satellite-derived cloud heights allow a more accurate look at the changing weather so pilots can avoid hazards.
  • 3-D winds aloft show direction and speed of wind in an aircraft’s flight path so pilots can choose the best possible route, helping to reduce fuel use and emissions.

 

Geneva, Switzerland | April 20, 2015– SITA OnAir and UTC Aerospace Systems have launched AIRCOM®Connect, the new Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) and Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) software solution. Two airlines will deploy the solution this summer.

AIRCOM®Connect is a standard plug and play offering, meaning EFB applications can now access ACARS narrowband connectivity for all phases of a flight. This new messaging capability means airlines experience the many benefits of ubiquitous ACARS, including:

  • Aeronautical Operational Control (AOC) messaging, for example to initiate performance calculation requests to be performed by the ground systems, with the result being displayed on the flight deck devices
  • Enhanced route optimization and reduced detours thanks to real-time weather updates – on the ground and in the air – sent direct to the EFB tablets
  • Free text messaging between dispatchers, maintenance engineering and flight crews, enabling effective defect troubleshooting during flights
  • Downloading automated reports, such as exceedance and cruise reports
  • Dispatch data reports, including:
    • Dispatchers up-linking automated messages that contain updated METAR and TAF information
    • Flight crew requesting ramp service requirements during approach to destination airport

SITA OnAir partnered with UTC Aerospace Systems and deployed the software solution on all of the UTC Aerospace Systems EFB hardware platforms. This also includes its latest tablet-interface device (TIM™) which connects to and leverages the UTC Aerospace Systems Aircraft Interface Device (AID) features.

Ian Dawkins, CEO of SITA OnAir said: “We have a history of collaborating with UTC Aerospace Systems to bring our customers innovative solutions. By combining the UTC Aerospace Systems hardware with the AIRCOM®Connect software, we can offer our customers the exact functionality they desire for their EFB solutions. Increasingly, those EFB solutions are tablet based.”

Jim Tuitt, manager of business development for aircraft data management at UTC Aerospace Systems said “The UTC Aerospace Systems tablet EFB, in combination with the SITA OnAir AIRCOM®Connect software, enables an airline to maximize the benefits of paperless operations. We look forward to applying our extensive experiences together in developing and supporting EFB systems worldwide and to help airlines implement value added solutions.”

AIRCOM®Connect gives airlines the choice of two messaging service options. The first is standard ACARS, which while constrained by message size limitations is compatible with any ACARS ground host processors and with most ACARS routers.

The second option is AEEC 841 Media Independent Aircraft Messaging (MIAM) over ACARS. This overcomes the ACARS size limitations, enabling third party applications to transmit large messages over any networks, including VHF, VDL Mode 2, Iridium and Inmarsat.

UTC Aerospace Systems has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approval for AIRCOM®Connect to be used on their EFB hardware platforms on a range of commercial aircraft types.

El Segundo, CA | January 16, 2015– VivaAerobus, one of Latin America’s fastest growing low cost carriers (LCC), has chosen to equip its new fleet of 52 Airbus A320 aircraft with a series of highly reliable data acquisition, aircraft condition monitoring and wireless data transfer solutions from Teledyne Controls, the aircraft data and information management business.

The Mexico-based airline has opted for Teledyne’s proven Flight Data Interface Management Unit (FDIMU) which is recognized as being the industry standard for data acquisition on Airbus Single Aisle and Long Range aircraft. The Wireless GroundLink® Comm+ flexible communication solution was also selected because of its ability to support multiple functions both now and in the future.

Not only will the new system meet the airline’s current need for downloading Quick Access Recording (QAR) and Aircraft Condition Monitoring System (ACMS) data, but it can also meet the airline’s future requirements, including the full integration and connectivity of tablet devices as electronic flight bags (EFBs) for flight crews, being discussed for 2015.

William Cecil, Director of Business Development at Teledyne Controls, states: “Our technology is incredibly reliable and installed in close to 70% of most commercial aircraft entering service today. It is therefore a proven ‘safe’ investment,” he says.

“But where our GroundLink® Comm+ system particularly wins is in its ability to support multiple functions beyond simply QAR and ACMS data download, and therefore protect an airline’s future investment. VivaAerobus has also recognized our long-term commitment to service and support.”

Juan Carlos Zuazua Cosío, Chief Executive Officer of VivaAerobus agrees: “We see Teledyne Controls not as a supplier but as a strategic partner in helping us to further enhance the flight safety and operational effectiveness of our fleet, and in protecting our investment as we look to integrate new technologies and thinking in the future.”

Teledyne Controls’ FDIMU performs mandatory data acquisition that provides data to the Black Box Flight Recorder, along with real-time engine and aircraft condition and health monitoring. Used in conjunction with the GroundLink® Comm+ system, ACMS data generated by the Teledyne FDIMU can automatically be provided to third party maintenance and trend monitoring systems, such as PW (Engines), Honeywell (APU) or even Airbus AirMANweb. The FDIMU is available for installation on the long range and single aisle aircraft families and soon on the A320neo.

The GroundLink® Comm+ automates data exchange between the aircraft and safety and maintenance ground systems. Using 3G/4G cellular wireless communications, the GroundLink technology features multiple channels of cellular high-speed data and does not require any infrastructure investment. The solution is available factory-fit from Boeing, Embraer and Airbus on new aircraft and can be retrofitted on all major commercial aircraft types.

Based in Monterrey, Mexico, VivaAerobus is Mexico’s Ultra Low Cost Carrier. It started operations on November 2006 after being created as a joint venture between IAMSA and Irelandia. On 2013 it announced a purchase order of 52 Airbus A320s, the biggest purchase order in Latin America to the European manufacturer. IAMSA is Mexico’s leading company on ground transportation services. It operates a fleet of 10 thousand buses in 22 states of the country and transports over 300 million people a year, reaching over 70% of the population. Irelandia, is the investment vehicle of the Ryan family, founders of Ryanair, the biggest and most successful low cost airline in Europe. Irelandia is a leader in the development of low cost carriers around the world. It is also an investor in companies such as Tiger Airways in Singapore, Allegiant in the United States, and more recently expanding the Viva brand with VivaColombia in Colombia. To find out more, please visit www.vivaaerobus.com.

  • Portuguese airline continues successful use of Navtech iCharts

Toronto,Canada | September 24, 2013– Navtech Inc., a leader in flight operations software and services, is pleased to congratulate customer, euroAtlantic Airways, for their extended Class 2 Type B EFB approval from EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency). This is one of the first EASA certifications for an airline operating an all Boeing aircraft fleet and utilizing Apple iPad hardware. The non-scheduled international airline, operating in diverse routes in the US, Canada, Caribbean, Central and South Americas, Africa, Middle East and beyond, will operate Navtech iCharts via iPads across their entire fleet. euroAtlantic Airways is also a subscriber to Navtech’s Navigation Data for the GE US and Honeywell FMS.

“We are always pleased to be a part of innovative technology solutions that give our customers cost savings, enhanced safety and overall increased operational efficiency,” said Mr. Heath Bowden, Product Director – Charts & EFB at Navtech. “euroAtlantic has had great success in removing paper from their cockpits.”

euroAtlantic Airways was a new customer to Navtech in 2012, signing two agreements for services within six months and becoming an ally for Navtech. “We have a very good, professional relationship with Navtech and we are happy to help bring them more attention through our story,” said euroAtlantic Airways Chief Pilot, Mario Alvim. “We are very pleased with our Navtech solution.”

Navtech iCharts is an application that brings Navtech electronic charts to your iPad. This allows the iPad to be used as a Class 1 EFB, or with regulatory and operational approval, as a Class 2 Type B device. Navtech has worked with customers, like euroAtlantic Airways, to achieve operational approval of the iPad as a Class 2 device. Navtech’s family of state-of-the-art aeronautical charts products have been developed using research from Human Factor Specialists and by gathering data from, and working closely with pilots who have years of experience using aeronautical charts. Each chart includes enhanced symbology and communication features. Navtech’s electronic chart viewing application, Navtech eCharts, has been used by Navtech’s customers for over ten years. Continued product enhancements will form the infrastructure for Navtech to easily support all Classes of EFB and all devices from tablets to installed avionics.

To be known as “IMS Flight Deck”, the new division provides Electronic Flight Bag solutions

Brea, CA (April 22, 2009)—The IMS Company, an entertainment and communications solutions provider to inflight entertainment , aerospace and travel industry markets, has announced the acquisition of Flight Deck Resources (FDR), a leading provider of Electronic Flight Bag solutions to commercial airlines, corporate aviation, air cargo, general aviation and aircraft fleet operators worldwide.

FDR, which will now be known as IMS Flight Deck, will join IMS Entertainment and IMS Engineering as a division within The IMS Company, according to IMS chairman and CEO Joseph Renton.

“As a result of the acquisition, we have synergistically expanded our product reach and will now have the ability sell products and services to our customers not only in the cabin of the aircraft but also in the flight deck,” said Renton. “It is our ongoing strategy to find ways to prudently grow our business and we see the FDR acquisition as one of those ways.”

A number of FDR’s executives and employees joined IMS Flight Deck and have moved into IMS’ facilities in Brea, California, thus ensuring a smooth and efficient transition for current customers. “As a turnkey Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) solutions provider, FDR—now IMS Flight Deck—is a single source for EFB hardware, software, mounting, and certification,” said Renton. The acquisition is part of a strategic initiative to provide an integrated package of products and services that are comprehensive and complementary, Renton commented.

IMS provides portable entertainment solutions, applications, wireless communications, cabin avionics, media distribution systems, content delivery network services, content and data-loading solutions, and advanced systems and software engineering services, according to Renton. “The ability to provide a comprehensive solution set for the flight crew and the flight deck of the aircraft further demonstrates our commitment to a robust and compelling set of aircraft solutions,” he said.

IMS Flight Deck offers the SkyTab Electronic Flight Bag product line in addition to its proprietary EFB software applications. These Flight Deck Management Systems (all single piece Class 1 and Class 2 portable EFBs under FAA AC-120-76A) are capable of hosting and displaying navigational charts, digital terminal procedures charts, GPS data, company policies, documents, aircraft manuals, and preflight planning applications. They also perform exceedingly complex functions such as performance calculations, satellite communications, display of real-time weather information, and airport moving map applications, said Renton.

Despite the current economic environment, The IMS Company, the leading provider of inflight portable entertainment solutions, has continued to operate on sound footing, according to Renton. Earlier this month IMS announced a large portables sale and three year support agreement to supply portable media players (PMPs), ground-based delivery infrastructure, and recurring content management services for Kuwait Airways, and another sale for PMPs and content management services to Air Gabon.

About The IMS Company: Founded in 1996, The IMS Company is an entertainment and communications solutions provider in the travel industry and a systems and software solutions provider to the aerospace industry and the military. IMS serves more than twenty commercial airlines with portable entertainment, wireless communications, and content management services, as well as the provision of advanced systems and software engineering support in the development and deployment of the latest in inflight entertainment, cabin avionics, and media distribution systems. IMS also provides engineering services and software development services to unmanned vehicles and software-defined radios. IMS has expanded into the provisioning of content services and hardware solutions for business aviation, rental car, rail passenger, and related markets reaching the traveling public. In 2008, IMS was named the 14th fastest-growing privately-held company in technology-heavy Orange County, California by the Orange County Business Journal, moving up from 24th fastest-growing in the 2007 survey.

For more information see: www.imsco-us.com.