Lufthansa Systems and Emirates Airline Extend Partnership

Lufthansa Systems and Emirates Airline have extended their long-standing partnership by signing a seven-year contract for the iPadOS-based charting solution for pilots Lido mPilot – including the Airport Moving Map Lido AMM – and the renewal for the Airport Mapping Database Lido AMDB. The airline and its pilots will continue to benefit from increased situational awareness, safety, efficiency, and a reduction in workload.

“We are happy to continuously support our airline customers with our cutting-edge products and services – especially as flights are slowly starting to pick up again around the world,” said Dr. Bernd Jurisch, head of Flight & Navigation Products & Solutions at Lufthansa Systems. “This contract extension highlights the ongoing trust our customers place in us as a leading provider of aviation IT solutions, and we look forward to continuing our long-standing partnership with Emirates.”

Emirates first started using Lido Flight Planning Solutions in 1996. The airline became an early adopter of the Windows-based charting application Lido eRoute Manual in 2008, and it has now opted to include the iPadOS-based charting application Lido mPilot as part of its flight operations solutions suite. This application optimizes workflows for pilots and improves their situational awareness, and most recently, it introduced a built-in dark mode button, a terrain layer on the enroute map, and the depiction of five weather phenomena.

Lido mPilot provides pilots with all necessary navigation charts, documents and messages on their iPads. The application boasts an intuitive user interface, data visualized using the acclaimed Lido Route Manual charting standard, enroute weather and terrain, and more than thirty user configurations. The Lido AMDB is a highly accurate and reliable airport mapping database developed by Lufthansa Systems. The certified database displays the spatial layouts of airports in a geo-referenced manner to enable the onboard EFB airport moving map application and advanced ground avionics functions. It includes the geometry of runways, taxiways and buildings, as well as functional information.

The Lido Flight Operations Solutions product family from Lufthansa Systems offers the aviation industry products and services in three key areas: Lido Data Solutions, Lido Flight Planning Solutions, and Lido Pilot Solutions. With its Lido products, Lufthansa Systems helps its customers increase safety, lower costs, and reduce workloads across the entire mission – both on the ground and in the air.

SITA to Recruit 55 Software Engineers in Ireland as it Ramps up Airport Portfolio

SITA are significantly expanding their Agile DevOps teams by over 55 people in Letterkenny, Ireland to develop the next generation of its highly successful SITA AT AIRPORTS portfolio. These new roles include software engineers, test engineers, UX designers, scrum masters and product owners.

As the air transport industry begins its slow recovery from COVID-19, airports, airlines and governments are looking to further streamline their operations and passenger journey through automation and digitization. To meet this growing demand, SITA is accelerating the innovation and development of new solutions across baggage management, airport operations, passenger processing and border management. These solutions are used in more than 1,000 airports and more than 60 governments globally. 

“I’m really pleased with the news that SITA is expanding in Letterkenny, creating 55 new jobs over the next two years,” Leo Varadkar TD, Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise Trade and Employment said. “This planned expansion highlights the company’s continued commitment to Ireland and the North-West and shows that we are succeeding in attracting high-caliber companies and highly skilled jobs across the country. I look forward to SITA’s continued success in Letterkenny.”

David Lavorel, CEO SITA AIRPORTS & BORDERS, added: “We all are eager to see our industry rebound and technology is a vital component of its recovery. Airports and airlines are looking to technology to automate the passenger journey while digitalizing their operations to drive new cost efficiencies. Many of these solutions are being developed in Letterkenny.” 

Lavorel noted that Ireland, and Letterkenny in particular, had in recent years established itself as an important hub for software development. “Through the support of the Irish government, Letterkenny is recognized as a vital hub for software innovation, making it an obvious choice as a strategic location for the development of our SITA AT AIRPORTS portfolio.”

Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland said “Today’s announcement by SITA further embeds its operations in the North West and strengthens Ireland’s position within the group as a key operational hub. This investment demonstrates IDA Ireland’s continued commitment to winning regional investment and further endorses Ireland as an attractive location for FDI. I wish SITA every success with this announcement.”

SITA established its office in Letterkenny in 2003, growing the team from 20 to more than 100 today. In 2015 it invested in a new-state-of-the-art building to accommodate the growing software teams. Today, SITA’s teams in Letterkenny are responsible for designing and creating software solutions for four of SITA’s key portfolios.

Frequentis Digital Cloud Services: Paving the Way for Estonian U-Space

Estonian Air Navigation Services (EANS) has been working with Frequentis to create an environment where drones and civil aviation can coexist in the shared airspace. By integrating air traffic management (ATM) and unmanned traffic management (UTM) on the same platform, situational awareness and safety will be enhanced, allowing increased use of drones in Estonia. The project will accelerate the roll out of Estonian U-space (unmanned airspace) and allow drones to serve critical industry.

The project delivers a pre-operational system, hosted in the Frequentis cloud environment, to allow use cases and business cases to be defined, verified, and trialed. The flexibility of the system, and the experience Frequentis gained from previous projects, allowed the system to be adapted to the needs of EANS. This has allowed EANS to take a leading role in creating the Estonian drone ecosystem and a step closer to their U-space roadmap for Estonian airspace.

“The usage of drone-based services is increasing constantly and drone traffic volume in urban air space is one of the biggest challenges we have to face. To cope with future demand and to continue providing safe airspace operations, we must ensure that all airspace users are aware of each other. It is crucial to have an efficient unmanned traffic management (UTM) system in place that also interacts with manned aircraft operations,” said Jaanus Jakimenko, head of CNS Department and Member of the EANS Management Board. “EANS worked with Frequentis on the SESAR Gulf of Finland (GOF) U-space trials in 2019. This experience gave us the knowledge and ability to quickly support the use of drones for emergency services during the 2020 COVID-19 lockdowns. It has also given us the needed assurance of Frequentis technological capabilities and knowledge of their experienced team. We are looking forward to enhancing our airspace operations in line with the growth of drone usage.”

The 2019GOF project focused on ATM/UTM integration testing the U-space concept of operations in seven advanced drone trials. During the 2020 COVD-19 lockdown the Frequentis flight information management system (FIMS) was reactivated and, as a result, enabled EANS to support Estonian emergency services with series of essential drone operations. The cloud-based system is provided as managed service in the Frequentis cloud environment, allowing validation of use cases and business cases as well as UTM/UAS trials. Furthermore, the cloud architecture enables a fully optimised deployment process, without the need for on-site activities. This ensured project success despite the challenges of COVID-19. The current solution will enable EANS to move forward with realising Estonian U-space concept of operations and started implementing technological solution to provide drones safe and secure access to the airspace. 

The current cooperation will validate the pre-operational system for EANS for monitoring and authorizing unmanned flights and create preliminary capabilities for common information sharing as outlined in the new U-space regulatory framework. The validation of the pre-operational solution will enable EANS to decide on how to best proceed with deploying U-space in the upcoming years and support the growing unmanned ecosystem.

“The FIMS provides Common Information Services (CIS) and U-space services ensuring a single source of truth where necessary, a foundation for U-space, which allows real-time situational awareness for air traffic controllers, drone operators and service providers, enabling both manned flights and drones to safely share the same airspace,” says Guenter Graf, vice president Frequentis New Business Development “The Frequentis platform allows drone operators to see airspace restrictions and flight rules, file flight plans, and receive updates from Air Traffic Controllers in real time, supporting ANSPs with their goals for increased drone services to support their future tech economy.”

dnata Singapore picks LAMINAAR Aviation Infotech


dnata Singapore has signed up LAMINAAR Aviation Infotech to jointly deliver the next-generation application software for airport ground handling services at Singapore Changi Airport. The world leader in aviation ground handling services chose the ARMS application software suite’s Airport Ground Handling Sub-System (APGH) as the foundational block to deliver this future proof system.

Among many features and advantages, the solution will enhance efficiency, reduce turn-
around-time (TAT) and introduce a fully connected and paperless eco-system in the airport ground operations. For staff, a utility-rich and mobility-enabled module will enhance their
quality of life, as well as, keep them at peak efficiency levels. A special machine learning based
predictive analytics component will optimize contingency resources, effectively handle
disruptions and help achieve on-time-performance (OTP) for dnata’s airline clients.
The system is intended for phased delivery, starting with a mid-2021 roll-out of the base
module and completion of the final deployment by mid-2022. Supporting the build effort will
be subject matter experts from dnata and LAMINAAR, with development and project teams
from Singapore and India.

“We chose LAMINAAR after the convincing demonstration of their turnkey next generation application which aligns with our company’s continuous drive towards digital acceleration,” Dirk Goovaerts, Asia Pacific CEO for dnata said.

LAMINAAR CEO, Vivek Sheorey, added: “Being chosen by a global player like dnata is a matter of
great prestige for us. It also stands testimony, for the growing acceptance of LAMINAAR’s belief
in unified and integrated resource management solutions for efficient aviation operations.”

New Visual System Solution from Collins Aerospace Delivers a Enhanced Training to Commercial Airline Pilots

Collins Aerospace Systems has unveiled a new simulation and training solution that provides an enhanced immersive experience for commercial airline pilot training. This system combines commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) 4K projector technology with the Collins Aerospace EP-8100 image generation system and 3DWholeEarth environment model to create a visual scene at the highest resolution available.

“A realistic training environment is critical for successful training of commercial airline pilots. Our new solution takes into account the smallest detail, such as out of the window images that provide critical cues for flying scenarios — taking realism to the next level,” said Nick Gibbs, vice president and general manager, Simulation and Training Solutions for Collins Aerospace.

Previous visual system solutions often featured 3D terrain with 2D texture and some 3D environmental features, which do not give a truly realistic depiction of a pilot’s external environment. Now, Collins Aerospace is applying its vast experience in 3D technology to deliver a 3D WholeEarth model, where naturally occurring and man-made 3D objects are applied globally. 3D WholeEarth also features auto generated geo-typical worldwide imagery for a totally immersive training environment.

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Azores Airlines and SATA Air Açores Add Comply365’s ProAuthor

Aviation software maker Comply365 has two new airline customers, Azores Airlines and SATA Air Açores, who will use Comply365 solutions to streamline compliance management and improve collaboration and efficiency.

The airlines, both part of the SATA Group based in the Portuguese Autonomous Region of The Azores, recently acquired ProAuthor, Comply365’s end-to-end operational content and compliance management system. Compy365 says ProAuthor enables “faster, more routine manual revisions, and enables airlines to always be audit ready.

“We were looking for a manual authoring and delivery solution that would offer a better way to manage our compliance with EASA regulations and IOSA standards as well as provide our flight crews with a great mobile experience,” said Mário Chaves, COO of the SATA Group. “After thoroughly researching the market, it was evident that the value Comply365 would bring to our operations, as well as their innovative team, was the right solution.”

Azores Airlines and SATA Air Açores operate a fleet of Airbus A320 and A321 and De Havilland Dash 8-Q200 and Q400 aircraft, respectively, providing passenger and cargo service within the Azores and international flights to destinations in Europe, North America, and Africa.

While airlines typically spend months preparing for audits using legacy systems, ProAuthor will significantly reduce that time by tracing the manual content with corresponding regulatory standards. By providing the ability to tag standards and automatically run reports, the airlines will always be prepared for audits. ProAuthor will replace rudimentary word processing solutions at the pair of airlines, where technical publications members will now save time during the authoring process by reusing shared content across manuals in both airlines.

“We’re happy to welcome two Azorean airlines to our global Comply365 community, and we look forward to providing a great user experience for their crews,” Comply365 CEO Tom Samuel said. “We’ve proven the value of a unified system for our customers with multiple AOCs, so we’re excited for Azores Airlines and SATA Air Açores to realize the efficiency gains and increased collaboration they will see when they’re both operating within the Comply365 system.”

Comply365 says their solutions will provide a consistent end-user experience that reduces training and support, as well as increasing accuracy and safety by enabling frontline operators to navigate fewer systems for manuals and operational data. Pilots and flight attendants will receive more personalized and relevant content through effectivity tagging that enables filtering and searching based on aircraft, parts or other tags specific to the airlines’ operations.

Inmarsat to Provide Satellite Connectivity for UK’s First Zero Carbon Regional Air Transportation Network

Mobile satellite communications provider, Inmarsat, announced its participation in a ground-breaking new initiative funded by the UK Government to develop the country’s first automated, zero carbon regional air transportation network.

Project HEART (Hydrogen Electric and Automated Regional Transportation) will develop hydrogen powered, automated and remote piloting solutions for small aircraft carrying between 9 and 19 passengers, traveling ‘short hops’ of fewer than 500 nautical miles. In addition to its environmental credentials, the convenient zero-carbon travel option aims to enable scalability and lead to reductions in operating costs, door-to-door travel times and ticket prices.

Up to 100 licensed airfields throughout the UK will be made available as part of the initiative, which is expected to enter service in 2025.

Existing ‘short hop’ air travel is economically unsustainable and reliant on government subsidies to cover high maintenance and running costs. Current operations, which require two onboard pilots, depend upon expensive and polluting gas turbine powertrains.

Project HEART offers an affordable alternative that address these deficiencies with next generation technology and a ‘system-of-systems’ approach, bringing together a network of experts to re-develop the entire aviation ecosystem. As part of this approach, Inmarsat will help to power a hybrid connectivity solution that seamlessly combines its satellite communications with terrestrial networks, enabling remote ‘digital’ co-piloting and journey critical communication in the cockpit. This allows the human pilot and the digital co-pilot functions, designed by Blue Bear Systems Research, to work together effectively and operations to be managed remotely. The technology will be evaluated on Britten-Norman aircraft.

“Project HEART represents a greener, smarter and more efficient future for aviation,” Philip Balaam, President of Inmarsat Aviation, said. “We are proud to support this important project of the UK Government, utilizing our 30 years of experience in satellite communication, navigation and surveillance for both commercial and private aviation, as well as expertise in unmanned vehicle traffic management. Working alongside our extensive network of partners, including Honeywell Aerospace, we are particularly excited about enabling remote operations for aviation networks of the future.”

Project HEART is led by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and is funded by the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) Future Flight Challenge (FFC). The consortium comprises of leading UK technology companies that will contribute resources in the areas of technology, operations, infrastructure and think tank experience. 

Other innovations in development for the project include hydrogen fuel cell powertrains for aircraft (led by ZeroAvia), hydrogen refuelling solutions (led by Protium), and a Mobility as a Service (MaaS) platform, with integrated sub regional flight travel mode (led by Fleetondemand), with acceptance testing headed by The Transport Research Institute of Edinburgh Napier University. In addition, architects Weston Williamson + Partners will lead on new airport infrastructure design, while the airline Loganair and Highland and Island Airports Limited will lead on accommodation of automation and hydrogen fuelled aircraft operations.

Flight Training International Turns to Comply365 Solution for Paperless Operations

Comply365 announced Flight Training International, a Denver-based training academy, will rely on Comply365’s cloud-based solutions for a more efficient digital operation. 

Instructors and student pilots will have instant access to the information they need through targeted distribution using Comply365’s Document & Communication Manager (DCM).

“We needed a reliable solution to provide targeted distribution of our manuals and instructional content,” Mike Medley, Flight Training International president said. “Comply365 is a tried, tested and proven solution that was recommended to us by others across the industry.”

Flight Training International is an FAA-approved training center specializing in ATP and Type Rating, providing training to commercial pilots, U.S. military and government entities, FAA, and flight test groups, at multiple locations across the United States.

“Managing and delivering critical documents to pilots is essential at every level of aviation, and we are excited to welcome Flight Training International to our global community of pilot users,” Comply365 CEO Tom Samuel said. “We look forward to providing their instructors and students with a great user experience.”

Comply365 says the instructors and students will be able to more accurately and quickly search their training documents, which will always contain the most up-to-date information through automatic revision controls. The academy will be able to deliver content based on roles and drive higher rates of compliance with reporting insights.

Garmin and FltPlan.com Introduced New AeroData Runway Analysis for Bizav

Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. announced in December that FltPlan.com, a Garmin company, has integrated runway analysis service from AeroData, allowing pilots to calculate performance data while creating a flight plan through FltPlan.com. AeroData runway analysis joins Aircraft Performance Group (APG) and Automated Systems in Aircraft Performance (ASAP) runway analysis services available from FltPlan.com. All three of these runway analysis offerings through FltPlan.com eliminate the need for pilots to reference manuals and perform their own manual calculations for takeoff and landing data, ultimately resulting in time savings and more accurate performance numbers. The tailored performance data allows crews to maximize the performance of the aircraft while also assuring compliance with runway and obstacle requirements. Additional features of the AeroData service include concise engine-out escape procedures that factor in obstacles and terrain, the ability to specifically configure Takeoff-and-Landing Data (TOLD) based on conditions and limitations, automatically calculate aircraft fuel requirements based on the flight plan, integration with Garmin Pilot and more.

“AeroData is the premier runway analysis provider for commercial air carriers in North America and Garmin is excited to integrate this service with FltPlan.com for use by our business aviation customers,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “Pilots and operators now have the unique ability to calculate performance data and receive obstacle clearance while creating their flight plan on FltPlan.com – maximizing aircraft performance for the intended operation.”

AeroData Expands into Business Aviation

As one of the leading providers of runway analysis for commercial airlines, AeroData serves over 135 airlines globally and is the data provider for more than 70 percent of airline flights in North America. The integration with FltPlan.com brings AeroData, an experienced data provider, into business aviation, giving pilots the ability to include information and calculations directly in the flight planning stage, saving valuable time and helping to increase accuracy. The more accurate performance data allows operators to optimize loading based on the consideration of airfield and aircraft conditions and provides an engine failure procedure (EFP) based on a detailed analysis of obstacles and terrain in the airport environment.

TOLD Calculations

FltPlan.com’s flight planning engine automatically selects a preferred runway and aircraft configuration based on current aircraft and airfield conditions, which include the use of the current METAR, or forecast for the time of departure. Further, crews can tailor additional configurations that include runway direction; surface contaminant; runway length; weather information such as winds, temperature, and altimeter setting; aircraft flap configuration; and Minimum Equipment List (MEL) penalties. Additionally, when an aircraft is performance limited by factors such as runway condition or climb gradient requirements, crews can adjust aircraft and airfield configurations to calculate performance numbers that would help maximize aircraft operation. Applicable NOTAM information is also actively monitored and is reflected in TOLD calculations.

Performance Calculations Automatically added to FltPlan.com NavLog

After TOLD calculations are complete, a Takeoff and Landing Report (TLR) is generated and added to the FltPlan.com NavLog for reference. The TLR displays comprehensive data such as takeoff reference speeds, flap settings, power settings, environmental control system (ECS), anti-ice settings, runway surface conditions including contaminant level, tailwind calculations, and Maximum Runway Takeoff Weight (MRTW) for each available runway on the airfield. To better understand factors driving performance, crews can review limiting factors on the TLR that include climb performance, field length, or obstacle clearance, to name a few.

Easily accessible in-flight through the NavLog, landing performance data is included on the TLR based on calculated enroute fuel burn. Landing data shows reference speed (VREF) and landing distance based on landing weight, flap settings, ECS and anti-ice configurations, as well as reported braking action. Both factored and unfactored landing distances are displayed as separate options.

Additionally, pilots have the ability to easily view the TLR on a portable electronic device within the Garmin Pilot and FltPlan Go apps. This integration appends the TLR to the FltPlan.com NavLog for a quick and convenient way to reference runway analysis information while in flight.

Fuel order information is also automatically generated when creating a flight plan. This convenient feature assists pilots in that they no longer have to manually calculate the required fuel load while the system also checks basic structural weight limits of the aircraft to ensure that limitations will not be exceeded.

Engine Failure Procedures Included in TLR

The TLR also uses calculated data to specify engine failure procedures (EFP) for each runway and aircraft configuration. When standard EFP’s cannot be used due to obstacle requirements, special procedures are calculated and provided on the TLR. Where terrain and obstacles limit straight out climb, AeroData designed EFP’s provide clear and concise guidance for pilots to perform a safe escape maneuver in a high workload flight environment.

AeroData Runway Analysis is available in two service options with one providing runway analysis, and another providing runway analysis plus obstacle clearance considerations.

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