Waterloo, ON | April 26, 2017– N-Flight Planning Solution. The addition of N-Flight Planning builds on NAVBLUE’s track record of supporting Royal Jordanian Airlines since 2014 with its YourRAIM Prediction solution enabling them to implement the latest navigation capabilities such as Required Navigation Performance Approach (RNP APCH).

By moving to N-Flight Planning, Royal Jordanian Airlines is fully expecting industry leading flight planning response time, improvements with robust 4-dimensional (4D) calculations that will result in an estimated 2% fuel savings, 20% improvement to staff production, along with greater aircraft utilization. Furthermore, NAVBLUE’s market defining constraint optimization relating to flight hazard avoidance, dynamic airspace constraint adherence and automated business rule application will improve safety and regulatory compliance without sacrificing flight plan solution quality.

NAVBLUE’s N-Flight Planning solution, is a multi-tiered and fully scalable flight plan optimisation solution that helps create the safest and most cost-effective routes. It is a very intuitive and user-friendly cloud based solution. N-Flight Planning can easily be tailored to customer requirements and can be rapidly implemented.

Shawn Mechelke, VP N-Software Services at NAVBLUE stated, “We are pleased to have such a prestigious flagship airline as Royal Jordanian Airlines be the first mover for our award-winning N-Flight Planning product in the Middle East market place. Royal Jordanian Airlines continues to partner with NAVBLUE for additional services beyond our YourRAIM Prediction solution, clearly indicates their confidence in our capabilities as an industry trailblazer in
aerospace solutions.”

Radi Radi, Director of Royal Jordanian Airline’s IOC shared, “We are committed to our customers and continuously look to find innovative ways to provide them with the best service, routes, aircraft whilst ensuring the safest approach and the implementation of NAVBLUE’s award winning N-Flight Planning solution will greatly help us achieve this. The innovative turbulence forecasting element of this solution demonstrates our sincere commitment to bringing both our customers and crews best-in-class safety and comfort.”

NAVBLUE’ s Airport+ Solution Granted EASA Letter of Acceptance (LoA) Type 2 Certification
Waterloo, ON | April 5, 2017– Airport+ provides worldwide operators and authorities with reliable and flexible aeronautical database solutions, contributing to improved safety and efficiency in all airport operations. After being granted EASA LoA Type 1 and 2 for Runway Map, NAVBLUE was granted EASA LoA Type2 on January 18th, 2017 for its Airport Map.

NAVBLUE’s Airport+ solution represents a collection of aerodrome information, organised and arranged for ease of electronic storage and retrieval in any onboard systems that support aerodrome surface movements, training, charting, and planning (EUROCAE ED-99 / RTCA DO-272). These airport databases aim at:

  • Providing a realistic on-board view of the airport surface movement area to pilots in order to improve their situational awareness and/or to supplement surface navigation;
  • Securing and ensuring efficient movements on the airport surface;
  • Enhancing safety and efficiency of airline operations.

Airport+ is a key driver to delivering to pilots a 2D/3D Airport Moving Map (AMM) functionality that can be run on any Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) with a dedicated NAVBLUE software, in addition to the onboard view of the airport surface movement area. This integrated solution enables the utilisation of the latest safety and avionics technologies, minimising taxiing time and fuel consumption or supporting the development of airport infrastructures.

NAVBLUE and Airbus Defense and Space Intelligence – both part of Airbus – are partnering to offer to NAVBLUE customers a high-quality production process from high-resolution satellite technology with unmatched precision and completeness of up-to-date airport attributes.

Pierre Madrange, Vice President, DATA+, NAVBLUE states, ‘We are very proud of the unparalleled quality and flexibility of database services that our newly certified Airport+ solution offers to the marketplace. It clearly demonstrates that NAVBLUE is ready to deliver on its promise of innovation by bringing to the industry the next level of aeronautical database management.”

Waterloo, ON | March 16, 2017– NAVBLUE, representing the RNP Implementation Synchronised in Europe (RISE) project Consortium, was pleased to accept the Performance-Environment Award at the Single European Skies award ceremonies, held last week at the World ATM Congress in Madrid.

The Single European Skies Awards were established to recognise initiatives that raise awareness of and motivate Performance Based Navigation (PBN) Implementation as a means to cultivate more efficient European skies through improved accessibility and safety of airports while still enhancing the flight efficiencies that promote social and customer benefits.

The “Performance-environment” category selected the RISE project because of its success in demonstrating, in real world environments, the benefits of performance-based navigation (PBN) in providing shorter approaches and optimized descent profiles thereby reducing fuel burn and CO2 emissions, while providing tracks avoiding noise sensitive zones.

The RISE project excelled at demonstrating its success in several criteria including, contribution to increasing capacity and safety of ATM systems, potential to be replicated over the ATM network; contribution to reducing the impact of air transport on the environment as well as its benefits for both citizens and passengers

The project included a wide range of activities, from the design of more than 40 PBN procedures, validation of these procedures on Full Flight Simulator, to training of the Air Traffic Controllers and flight trials conducted over ten participating airports.

The results from the extensive flight trials conducted by RISE partner airlines and ANSPs in France,Greece,Cyprus and Portugal enable wider implementation of RNP in Europe. The collaborative spirit of the RISE project also brought together a number of airlines with a similar philosophy towards developing PBN, demonstrating the benefits of deploying these operational techniques in a synergistic approach along with helping to expand their implantation at other airports.

Through questionnaires completed by Air Traffic Controllers (ATC) and flight crews and through flight data recordings, the project received very positive feedback and has been deemed to be a tremendous success that is bringing to the industry numerous safety enhancements, environmental benefits through reduced fuel consumption and noise disturbances while also providing greater airport accessibility.

The RISE Project is a two year SESAR demonstration project that was led and co-financed through the SESAR Joint Undertaking; it was managed by NAVBLUE, in collaboration with multiple stakeholders including: four air navigation service providers (ANSPs) – DCAC (Cyprus), NAV Portugal, DSNA (France), HCAA (Greece) –, three airline operators – Air France, Novair and TAP Portugal and numerous participant airlines including Aegean, EasyJet, Emirates and Air Corsica.

Above all, the RISE project demonstrates that through collaboration and cooperation between aviation industry stakeholders, working towards a common goal, can lead to outstanding results.

Waterloo, ON | February 22, 2017– Working together since 2014, NAVBLUE and Zurich International Airport have improved the capacity of the airport and optimized efficiency in CAT III conditions

Low visibility conditions constitute a major challenge to airports, as raised separation requirements reduce capacity and cause delays. Thanks to the implementation of advanced technology and the support of NAVBLUE , Zurich International Airport has been able to increase the number of movements in low visibility conditions by approximately 20%, starting in October 2016.

In order to ensure that aircraft landings in CAT III conditions continue to be effected at the highest safety levels, Zurich Airport and the Swiss Air Navigation Services Provider, Skyguide, have invested in optimised landing technologies by installing a new Instrument Landing System (ILS) 32 elements localizer antenna, supported by NAVBLUE’s Exact Landing Interference Simulation Environment ( ELISE by NAVBLUE) solution.

ELISE by NAVBLUE helps airport services to increase capacity, reduce holdings and increase safety in low visibility conditions. It also enables optimization of airside land usage, allowing buildings to be built on land previously deemed non-constructible without disrupting the facility’s ILS signal.

ELISE by NAVBLUE has modelled the Zurch airport’s environment with a high level of accuracy including ILS settings and ground relief and the geometry of disturbances on the ILS Signal in 3D. The state-of-the-art simulations have been built to ICAO standard tolerances.

With this new technology and modeling in place, Zurich International Airport has been approved by the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation to reduce the separation of arriving aircraft in low visibility conditions to five nm in final instead of the traditional six nautical miles.

“Thanks to ELISE by NAVBLUE and to a close collaboration with Skyguide and the Federal Office of Civil Aviation, we are very proud to announce that Zurich International Airport is a pioneer in applying state of the art technology to reduce holdings and airborne delays in low visibility conditions”, said Jann Döbelin, Head of Flight Operations Engineering, Zurich Airport. “Zurich International Airport is just the beginning; soon more airports will also be able to embrace the environmental and financial benefits of this technology”.

“This additional capacity permits Zurich International Airport to aid their airline partners in their efforts to offer their passengers a heightened customer experience by reducing airborne holding times. These shortened hold-times provide several benefits including allowing in-transit passengers to reliably make their connections on time. NAVBLUE’S focus is always about being customer centric and aiding them in their day to day operations; we feel we have hit the mark here.” remarked Paul-Franck Bijou, Chief Commercial & Communication Officer, NAVBLUE.

“Zurich airport is prone to low visibility conditions during the winter season, imposing unfavorable restrictions to traffic throughput. We are very pleased that by combining cutting-edge technology with advanced operational concepts, we were able to mitigate the meteorological impact on flight punctuality,” says Siegfrid Ladenbauer, Head of Tower/Approach at skyguide.

Air Transport World (ATW) has honoured NAVBLUE with the Aviation Technology Achievement Award as part of their 2017 Annual Airline Industry Achievement Awards. The Award is one of the most coveted awards in the aviation industry.

Waterloo, ON | January 24, 2017– NAVBLUE has been nominated by a prestigious ATW editorial board of judges for its N-Flight Planning Solution. This award is given to a breakthrough system, technology or process that advances safety and efficiency in the global commercial airline industry.

NAVBLUE’S N-Flight Planning solution uniquely allows airlines, with its integration of a flight planning route optimization algorithm and Schneider Electric’s flight hazard forecast model, to operate more safely and efficiently – flight crews get advanced warning of areas to avoid that may contain turbulence, icing or storms – correspondingly offering greater customer and crew comfort along with a cost optimized route of flight.

Karen Walker, ATW Editor-in-Chief, noted that, “It is this type of innovation that “falls behind the scenes” but can make a huge difference in day-to-day operations for the airline, its crews and its customers. Passengers hate turbulence and flying through bad weather; here is a technology that airlines can use to mitigate the discomfort. Crews can make informed decisions in their route planning that can both help avoid “hazards” such as storms and save fuel. This is a technology that is a win for everyone.”

Shawn Mechelke, VP-N Software Services at NAVBLUE, is the author of the detailed nomination for the ATW Award and has also been involved in developing this technology and flight planning automation over the past six years. Mr. Mechelke commented that, “We are very excited to finally bring the vision of integrating NAVBLUE’s N-Flight Planning Solution with the industry’s leading aircraft specific turbulence, icing, and thunderstorm forecast model. Both Dispatchers and Flight Crews can now automatically plan routes of flight using very precise and accurate flight hazard forecasts that did not exist in the past. The days of looking at paper charts and manually adjusting routes of flight are now a practice of the past.”

The ATW Airline Industry Achievement Awards recognize excellence across a broad range of airline operations and are widely considered as the most coveted in the aviation industry.

The awards will be presented at the 43nd annual ATW Airline Industry Achievement Awards at a gala dinner on March 28 at the J.W. Marriott Essex House in New York.

Vietnam | November 17, 2016– NAVBLUE, the new Airbus subsidiary dedicated to flight operations and air traffic management, announced today that it has finalized a contract to implement the ATM Cooperation Program in Vietnam to enhance safety and efficiency. The project will focus on the country’s two largest airports in Ho Chi Minh City and Ha Noi to realize gains from both an international perspective as well as from a flow-efficiency perspective between the two cities.

With an anticipated air-passenger annual growth rate of 16-18%, the VATM and Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) believe it’s necessary for the country to start building today procedures, technologies and skill sets that will support the ongoing increase in demand at its existing two busiest airports– Tan Son Nhat International Airport and Noi Bai International Airport.

Said Mr. Pham Viet Dzung – Director General of VATM, “The increased air traffic capacity generated from this project will bolster the growing Vietnamese economy with its spin-off double-digit growth and intensification of air passengers, while respecting the environmental and social impact of this growth.”

The project delivered over a three-year period and will include a comprehensive air traffic management analysis including a safety assessment, a redesign of existing sectors and designs making extensive use of Performance Based Navigation (PBN) and a change programme with training and cultural management components.

Of note to the contract is its customized approach to a complex and challenging, multi-stakeholder project that sees each party agree on common goals that reward each stakeholder. This collaborative approach allows for the country to lay out an actionable plan that ensures truly sustainable future air traffic. The project will see collaboration between the country’s three top airlines Vietnam Airlines, VietJet Air, and Jetstar Pacific, Tan Son Nhat International Airport and Noi Bai International Airport in conjunction with VATM and the CAAV.

Said the NAVBLUE Chief Commercial & Communication Officer, Paul-Franck Bijou, “This project has all the benefits that NAVBLUE, as a subject matter expert organization, likes to get involved with by helping our customers, airlines, airports and civil aviation authorities, to succeed in building today so that they may sustainably embrace the future of an increasingly mobile society.”

Ontario, Canada | August 31, 2016– The SESAR JU RISE project continues to prove the benefits of performance based navigation (PBN) throughout Europe. In the latest set of flight trials, DSNA, the civil aviation authority of France, and Air France, Air Corsica and easyJet have assessed the PBN procedures designed for Ajaccio and Nice through a series of demonstration flight trials. The RISE Project, which seeks to improve airport accessibility, enhance safety and reduce environmental impact at airports throughout Europe, is co-financed by SESAR Joint Undertaking and its partners.

DSNA stated, “The trials in Nice and Ajaccio prove that PBN holds the key to improving airport accessibility and enhancing safety in our airspace. In Nice, not only were we able to lower the approach minima nearly 900 feet, we were also able to restrict the flight path in order to provide a fully repeatable path.”

SESAR JU has been working with NAVBLUE, formerly Airbus ProSky, part of “Services by Airbus”, DSNA and Air France, Emirates, EasyJet, Air Corsica to design and test PBN procedures. In Nice and Ajaccio, the procedures designed by DSNA enhance safety by providing a fully managed approach down to the runway threshold. Previously there were only visual prescribed track (VPT) procedures in place at Ajaccio RWY20 and at Nice RWY22. The new approaches will improve airport accessibility by lowering the minima. It could also reduce the noise impact on the city of Ajaccio, compared to the current procedure.

The Nice and Ajaccio flight trials are part of the more than 330 flight trials conducted so far in collaboration with the partner airlines and ANSPs since September 2015 in France, Greece, Cyprus and Portugal. These trials allowed capturing feedback from flight crew and air traffic controllers on the procedures in terms of fly-ability, safety, crew and ATC workload, as well as assess savings in CO2 emissions and fuel consumption reduction.