• Dynamic navigation maps enable seamless navigation from gate to gate

Raunheim, Germany | November 28, 2016– Lufthansa Systems today announced that it is developing dynamic navigation maps for its Lido/Navigation product line. A fully dynamic map solution is expected to be completed by 2019. With this development, the aviation IT specialist is responding to increasing digitalization and connectivity on the flight deck.

“Dynamic navigation maps are the future. They enable seamless navigation from gate to gate, without limits. Furthermore, connected systems can provide updates in real time and supply smart information that is only shown to pilots when they need it. This gives pilots a better overview, reduces their head-down time and helps them make decisions. It will also improve the display of integrated solutions for weather or other air traffic, for example,” said Stefan Auerbach, CEO of Lufthansa Systems.

Lufthansa Systems is a pioneer when it comes to navigation solutions for airlines. More than 100 airlines worldwide use charts from the Lido/Navigation solution. The paper-based Lido/RouteManual charts were released in 2002, and in 2005 Lufthansa Systems began offering digital charts, initially for integrated flight deck systems, and now in the form of apps for Windows (Lido/eRouteManual) and iOS (Lido/mPilot). All of the charts are in color, directly display minimum safe altitudes on the approach and departure charts and include true-to-scale topographical information which meets the highest standards of precision and quality.

Unlike the route maps, the digital airport charts are largely static, and there is a separation between the terminal charts and the enroute module. In practice, this means that pilots use the terminal charts during takeoff and landing and then have to manually switch to the enroute module for the flight. The Lido/AMM Airport Moving Map, which is used to navigate between the runway and the gate, is already fully dynamic in itself, but it is still separate from the other charts. This dynamic approach is now gradually being expanded.

When all of the maps – terminal, enroute and airport – are dynamic, there will no longer be any separation between the maps for various phases of a flight. Pilots will be able to zoom directly from the enroute display into the Airport Moving Map, or move straight into the flight phase after takeoff. The advantage of this is that all flight processes from gate to gate can be seamlessly displayed in a single view. “Dynamic navigation maps are the basis for smart additional functions that will be available in the future thanks to connectivity. Through its connectivity with the aircraft, the system will be able to display the precise information that is important in a specific flight situation, thus increasing the pilots’ situational awareness,” Auerbach said.

This vision of dynamic maps and new developments for Lido/Navigation and the Lido/Flight flight planning solution will be presented this week by Lufthansa Systems at the 10th Annual Flight Operations Conference in London (November 29 to 30).

  • Trans States Airlines has launched the navigation app from Lufthansa Systems

Raunheim, Germany | August 16, 2016– Trans States Airlines successfully implemented Lido/mPilot this spring. Thus, the regional carrier is among the first in North America to deploy the mobile navigation solution from Lufthansa Systems.

“Lido/mPilot supports the pilots at Trans States Airlines with practical features before, during and after a flight,” said Michael Schmidtborn, Vice President Sales & Services North America at Lufthansa Systems. “The navigation app has been running very reliably since the start and our pilots are excited about the flexibility and the functionalities of the mobile solution,” said Keith Stamper, Director Flight Operation at Trans States Airlines.

Around 70 airlines have already opted for the mobile Lido/mPilot navigation solution since the app was launched in early 2015. The modular app offers features such as airport maps, a dynamically generated enroute chart, and a document management and distribution system that enables pilots to access documents and messages both at home and on the move. A status overview with intuitive icons guarantees a clear flow of information. Pilots receive important updates via push notifications.

Trans States Airlines, based in Bridgeton, Missouri, is a regional US airline. With a fleet of 50 aircraft, Trans States Airlines operates domestic American feeder flights for Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and United.

  • Libyan carrier signs five-year agreement for Lido/mPilot

Raunheim, Germany | April 14, 2016– Lufthansa Systems today announced that the pilots of Libyan Airlines will now use its Lido/mPilot all-in-one navigation solution. Thanks to the innovative app they have mobile access to all of the latest charts in digital form. The two companies signed recently a five-year contract for the solution.

Lido/mPilot is a mobile navigation solution which supports pilots before and during a flight. Around 60 airlines have already opted for Lido/mPilot since the app was launched in early 2015. The modular app combines airport maps, a dynamically generated enroute chart, and a document management and distribution system that enables pilots to access documents and messages both on the flight deck and on the move. A status overview with intuitive icons guarantees a clear flow of information. Pilots receive important updates via push notifications.

Libyan Airlines has opted for the navigation solution’s latest software release, which has been available since November 2015 and includes additional optimizations: Now all general documents (the GEN part) can be viewed directly in the app in a clear, interactive table, and pilots can search for and bookmark individual files if necessary. The new change log shows the details of updates from the regular data revision cycle (AIRAC), which offers improved data transparency. The new release also makes it possible to link directly to external systems.

The app has a modern look and feel and is intuitive to use, giving pilots quick, reliable access to the information they need on the flight deck. Reducing the number of paper documents on board not only simplifies logistics processes, it also minimizes potential sources of error. The trend towards increased app usage also has a positive effect on the environment because it saves large amounts of paper in the long term.

“The use of Lido/mPilot reduces paper documents on board the aircraft of Libyan Airlines. This simplifies processes and prevents mistakes,” said Marco Cesa, Senior Vice President Regional Management EMEA at Lufthansa Systems. “We are delighted that we could simplify the airline’s logistic and we look forward to a successful collaboration.”

Libyan Airlines is Libya’s national carrier and has its headquarters in Tripoli. The airline was founded in 1964 and currently has a fleet of 10 aircraft serving more than 20 domestic and international destinations.

  • Air Transat will navigate with Lido/mPilot app and use data from Lido/FMS

Raunheim, Germany | February 4, 2016– Lufthansa Systems today announced that Air Transat has opted for its Lido/mPilot mobile navigation solution and will also use the precise navigation data from the Lido/FMS database. The two companies have signed a seven-year contract for these solutions.

“Using the Lido/mPilot navigation app is an important step for us in moving toward a paperless cockpit. The app’s functions and intuitive operation excited us,” said Sylvain Aubin, Vice-President of Flight operations at Air Transat. “We place great value in innovative IT solutions and are looking for a provider who can offer comprehensive support. Lufthansa Systems won us over with their quality and service.”

Lido/mPilot is a mobile navigation solution which supports pilots before, during and after a flight. Around 60 airlines have already opted for Lido/mPilot since the app was launched in early 2015. The modular app combines functions like airport maps, a dynamically generated enroute chart, and a document management and distribution system that enables pilots to access documents and messages both at home and on the move. A status overview with intuitive icons guarantees a clear flow of information. Pilots receive important updates via push notifications.

The relevant navigation data in Lido/mPilot are based on the Lufthansa Systems Lido/FMS database, which will also be available to the airline on board for its flight management systems. The high-quality data are individually tailored to an airline’s aircraft types, cockpit systems and route network – thus ensuring the best autopilot support. The database contains all important route information such as altitude data, airways and airport data. The navigation data, which are based on global aeronautical information, are updated every 28 days according to the AIRAC cycle. More than 200 airlines around the world rely on the certified navigation data from Lido/FMS.

“We won over the customer with the quality of our Lido/FMS data and, above all, the intuitive operation of the Lido/mPilot app and our outstanding customer service,” said Michael Schmidtborn, Vice President Sales & Services North America at Lufthansa Systems. “We are delighted to have Air Transat as a new customer in North America. This agreement also highlights the growing importance of mobile solutions in the airline industry.”