• 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).

  • Industry event in Zurich: Lufthansa Systems presents new Lido/eRouteManual product release

Kelsterbach, Germany | September 9, 2015– A mobile updater will allow wireless data updates to mobile devices, enabling pilots to update their Lido/eRouteManual digital navigation charts anytime, anywhere. This feature is part of the new product release which Lufthansa Systems unveiled today at the annual Lido/Navigation User Conference in Zurich.

Various Lido navigation solutions are in service worldwide with approximately 100 airlines, around 50 of whom have sent one or more delegates to this year’s conference. The new mobile updater represents a further, significant simplification for using the digital chart solution on mobile devices. Additionally, administrators can now control the distribution of Lido/eRouteManual data via the DDS (Data Distribution System) portal, create new users, and maintain an up-to-the-minute overview of the update status of all devices across the entire fleet. This is important because each navigation chart update must be clearly documented for the authorities. Airlines will also be able to see the newest release of Lido/mPilot at the conference. Both applications can be controlled via the same web portal, which greatly simplifies administration.

Airlines will benefit from the new Lido/eRouteManual release in a variety of ways. Firstly, pilots are no longer tied to fixed updating processes. This saves time and allows them maximum flexibility, because a wireless Internet connection is all they need to update. At the same time, airline administrators no longer have to deal with time-consuming follow-up and documentation of updates, as they can gain an overview at any time via the new DDS portal. The simplified update process and reliable monitoring features will save everyone time and money.

Every year, approximately 570 million passengers fly all over the world on the basis of navigation charts from Lufthansa Systems. The airline IT specialist places great value on the continual optimization of its navigation solutions. “Our work is based on helping airlines deal with the navigation issues that concern them every day. Talking directly to our customers is therefore a clear priority for us at the Lido/Navigation User Conference. In addition to our experts, representatives of our local partners are also on hand,” says Igor Dimnik, Head of Products at Lufthansa Systems. “We are also presenting road maps at the conference to show what developments we have planned for our navigation solutions in the future.”

Captions (copyright Lufthansa Systems):
1. The mobile updater enables wireless data updates to mobile devices.
2. Lido/eRouteManual has now been optimized for tablets.
3. The screenshot from the mobile updater shows the application’s uncluttered interface.

  • Group uses comprehensive IT package for navigation and schedule management

Kelsterbach, Germany | May 12, 2015– Lufthansa Systems today announced that the five holiday airlines of the TUI Group have opted for solutions from the airline IT specialist. For navigation, Lufthansa Systems is providing its contractual partner TUIfly as well as the other European airlines of the TUI Group with its complete range of Lido/Navigation solutions – paper-based and electronic charts as well as continually updated navigation and airport data. From the summer of 2015, the TUI airlines will also use the NetLine/Sched schedule management solution to optimize their fleet and slot planning. The holiday airlines of the TUI Group operate a fleet of around 140 aircraft.

TUIfly has already been using navigation solutions from Lufthansa Systems for around ten years – initially paper-based and later electronic. Other TUI airlines have also gradually migrated to the Lido products. With this new agreement, the contracts and standards will be harmonized from May 2015 and all airlines will have access to the same navigation solutions. “If we all use the same IT solutions in our airline group, it will help us simplify processes and make better use of our capacity,” said Henrik Homann, Managing Director Aviation at the TUI Group.

The navigation charts include depictions of airport runways as well as approach and departure procedures and a global route chart. The paper-based charts of Lido/RouteManual, the electronic charts of the Windows-based Lido/eRouteManual, and the charts of the Lido/mPilot iPad app are all identically arranged and feature clear color-coding and self-explanatory symbols to support the pilots’ visual thinking. All important route information, including altitude and airport data, is generated directly from the Lido/FMS navigation database, which has been used by the TUI airlines since the end of 2014. The Lido/AMM moving map application, which generates airport maps from the Lido/AMDB database, was also recently introduced.

The NetLine/Sched schedule management solution gives the TUI airlines a shared basis for planning, enabling them to arrange their schedules in a way that maximizes fleet efficiency. A powerful system which can quickly generate new schedules in the event of last-minute changes is especially important when it comes to the various requirements of charter and scheduled airlines. Thanks to its high degree of automation, NetLine/Sched optimally supports the planners at the TUI airlines and continually evaluates “what-if” scenarios and their cost-effectiveness. The TUI airlines additionally use the NetLine/Sched Slot Manager and Slot Monitor modules to apply for airport takeoff and landing slots more efficiently and maintain an overview of their slot use.

“We are delighted that the TUI airlines are now all using our IT solutions for navigation and scheduling,” said Marco Cesa, Senior Vice President Regional Management EMEA at Lufthansa Systems. “This is a testament to their great satisfaction with our products as well as trust and close cooperation.”

The TUI Group includes the airlines TUIfly, Thomson Airways, TUIfly Nordic, Jetairfly and ArkeFly. The TUI airlines have a fleet of around 140 medium- and long-haul aircraft. They serve more than 180 destinations worldwide, especially long-distance international holiday destinations.