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World Fuel Services Welcomes B. Coleman Aviation

World Fuel Services (World Fuel) announced they will be supplying B. Coleman Aviation (KGYY), the go-to location for safe, quick, and efficient access to the Chicago area. As a business aviation focused facility, B. Coleman Aviation serves as an alternative to the congested, commercial, class B airspace of Chicago Midway International Airport, O’Hare International Airport and Chicago Executive Airport.

Based out of Gary/Chicago International Airport, B. Coleman Aviation is independently owned and is a full-service Fixed Base Operator (FBO) that is only a 35-minute drive from the loop and metro area. B. Coleman Aviation’s modern facility has a unique ramp-side canopy that protects passengers and aircraft from the elements and is large enough to house a Bombardier Global Express and a Gulfstream G550.Whether aircraft needs to be protected from summer heat and hail or winter weather, B. Coleman Aviation’s hangar space is a superior option year-round.

Military, corporate or general aviation aircraft are easily accommodated in B. Coleman Aviation’s hangar space and can expect to save when comparing hangar rental prices to those at nearby facilities. The facility also includes WiFi, a surround sound theater with a 105-inch screen, conference rooms, a cafe with complimentary beverages, a premier pilots lounge,fitness room and shower facilities. “Our facility provides the best access to Downtown Chicago, with competitive pricing on hangar space and amenities that fit your needs,” Chris Kozicki, vice president, B. Coleman Aviation. “You can expect safer approaches, less air traffic and relief from th e city’ s overhead costs at B. Coleman Aviation.”

Steve Drzymalla, World Fuel’s SVP for Business Aviation Bulk Fuel added, “We are delighted to welcome B.Coleman Aviation to the World Fuel Network. This is another key World Fuel Services supplied location where network members can expect top notch service that is undeterred by the hustle and bustle of nearby facilities.”

As a member of the World Fuel Network, B. Coleman Aviation now has new payment options and a new loyalty offer with World Fuel Contract card, AVCARD by World Fuel and World Fuel Rewards. Customers can save even more by utilizing AVCARD to pay for services including B. Coleman Aviation’s competitive hangar fees.

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Shell Aviation Launches Automated End-to-end Touchless Refueling Process

Shell Aviation has introduced end-to-end digital integration with airline customers through Shell SkyPad, its tablet that connects pilots and apron operators with cloud-based computer systems. The development marks the next step in Shell Aviation’s ambitions for a fully digitized refueling operation, harnessing technology to maximize efficiency and accuracy across all aspects of the process.

The new functionality of Shell SkyPad Data Exchange enables compatibility with a wide range of airlines’ own digital platforms, allowing integration with airline systems that adhere to IATA Fuel Data Standards. Alongside this, Shell SkyPad has been enhanced with a new real-time communications tool. This enables instant contact between the apron operator, the pilot and the back offices, allowing them to electronically track, update and exchange fuel figures throughout the refuelling process.

From an airline perspective the currency of refueling is seconds. Shell says airlines integrating Shell SkyPad Data Exchange can save up to 13 minutes during the refueling process, which can minimize delays in turnaround time and associated costs. Shell SkyPad Data Exchange can also deliver fuel savings by optimizing refueling through improved data accuracy by up to 90%, according to the company. This offers the potential to unlock significant financial savings across an airline’s fleet by avoiding expenditure on unnecessary fuel.

“With the global aviation industry facing its most significant challenge in history as it starts to recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, we’re not content with being simply ‘another supplier’,” says Thomas de Boer, head of Operations at Shell Aviation. “Minimizing delays in aircraft turnaround times and errors in data transmission are two aspects that contribute towards profitability. By improving communications between pilots and apron operators, this latest innovation will help to deliver smoother and safer operations for our airline customers, using digital technologies to maximise efficiency and accuracy across the refuelling process.”

Shell SkyPad, developed in collaboration with software applications specialist SAP, is already benefitting many of Shell’s airline customers across its global refuelling network. International operator Lufthansa is the first customer to integrate Shell SkyPad Data Exchange into their systems.

Kai Liedtke, Head of Fuel Purchasing Lufthansa Group, commented: “Shell SkyPad Data Exchange, a solution jointly developed between Shell, SAP and Lufthansa, is another important step into fully digitalizing and automating the apron. The established real-time communication makes the fuelling process significantly safer, faster and more efficient. We strongly believe in the innovative approach of Shell SkyPad Data Exchange and are convinced that this will make a significant difference on the e-fuelling market.”

The real-time communication offered by Shell SkyPad Data Exchange means that aircraft do not need to be on stand as long. From the initial fuel order from the pilot to take-off, the exchange between Shell SkyPad and an airline’s own system means that potential issues during critical moments of the refueling process can be predicted and averted. The transmission of progress milestones throughout the entire process delivers flexibility, transparence and reliability. The airline knows instantly when fueling has begun and finished and receives a notification of the final fuel volume right after uplift is completed.  In addition, the pilot does not need to leave the cockpit to speak to the fueler in person.

Having Shell SkyPad technology distributed around the world enables Shell Aviation to instantly connect to airlines’ systems at any of the participating airports based on a single integration. This means Shell Aviation can offer a simple, paperless solution to its customers, which has added safety benefits during this time when social distancing is paramount to contain Covid-19, with no additional admin required per location. In addition, Shell SkyPad is safe to be used anywhere on the apron, anywhere in the world: from the smallest airports to some of the world’s largest, where multiple refueling trucks and data sources need to be captured.

*Photo taken pre-COVID-19 impact.

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Airbus Skywise Parking Management App Eases Aircraft Logistics/Return to Service

With Airbus’ new Skywise geospatial app, airlines can now tag their grounded aircraft, and virtually park them into airports/stations (hangar, gate, taxiway, etc.) – using the Skywise open data platform.

With the app, Airbus says airlines can rapidly extract contextual data such as an aircraft’s age, latest and next checks, last major assembly overhaul, and more. This enables them to efficiently decide where to store each individual aircraft, and in what order. The app was developed in the frame if the COVID‐19 circumstances which has forced airlines to ground much of their fleets.

Airbus says the app eases the task of tracking down and knowing which of their aircraft are stored in which location, and which maintenance tasks needs to be carried out to uphold airworthiness. Furthermore, once passenger demand returns, airlines will need to identify the optimal aircraft to bring back into service and generate a checklist of the necessary maintenance tasks – another challenge which the company believes the app makes much easier for airlines solve.

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XTRA Airways Selects Vistair to Provide Document Management

Vistair Systems, a provider of aviation Document and Safety Management solutions announced a new partnership with XTRA Airways, a new airline based in Texas, USA.

Vistair’s DocuNet platform will enable enterprise-wide Document Management with a single point of control, superior usability for end-users, and will leverage structured data to provide efficiencies across the operation.

“The decision to select DocuNet reflects our full commitment to being a technology-driven airline,” Andrew Levy, CEO, XTRA Airways commented. “We understand the value of structured data. Vistair’s expertise in content engineering will enable us to deliver dynamic content across the airline from one centralized platform.”

Operating under FAA regulations, XTRA Airways will further benefit from DocuNet’s advanced capabilities for regulatory tagging and oversight, streamlining the audit process and enhancing compliance.

Ian Herbert, CEO added, “It is fantastic to receive XTRA Airways’ vote of confidence in the current environment. At Vistair we pride ourselves on the close partnerships that we have with our customers. This is further complimented by DocuNet’s continued innovation to ensure optimal support for our customers operational needs, both now and in the future.”

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NAVBLUE is a New Big Data Player Within Skywise

NAVBLUE has expanded its offering for airlines with a new digital solution, Performance Factor Optimizer, connected to Airbus’ Skywise open data platform.

The new app provides an accurate interpretation of the performance variation for each Airbus aircraft, on an individual aircraft basis. This web-based solution automatically computes the “delta specific range” (DSR) and the associated performance factors used in the Flight Management System (FMS) and the flight planning system, with an automatic aircraft performance database pairing. Performance varies over the life of all in-service aircraft, leading to slightly higher fuel consumption levels as an aircraft ages. This is attributed to degradation effects, which impact both the engines and airframe.

The Performance Factor Optimizer application automatically identifies and investigates the resulting DSR trends over time, allowing a more continuous and regular monitoring while reducing the operator workload.

As a next step, using the power of additional aircraft data sources (QAR, DAR, SAR) the app will enable an increased number of points to be analysed, resulting in better coverage of the flight phases for even greater accuracy.

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DocuNet’s Latest Innovation Supports Airbus OLB Data

DocuNet’s Latest Innovation Supports Airbus OLB Data

Vistair Systems, a maker of aviation management software, has released an upgrade to its document management solution, by supporting Airbus OLB data in the DocuNet Viewer.

As part of the upgrade, Vistair says Airbus operators using Flysmart, LPCNG or the OIS, ca”n now benefit from a seamless and unparalleled user experience when managing their Airbus data within our DocuNet solution, without the requirement for any technical expertise.”

In addition, all interactive features of OLB data such as information layering, cross linking between OLB documents, filtering and embedded multi-media content are supported, ensuring improved engagement for end users.

“Vistair has a long-standing commitment to developing the best-in-class document management technology,” Ian Herbert, CEO said. “We want to ensure that our customers have the optimum solution for managing mission-critical documentation. Supporting OLB data format will provide a new level of intuitive user experience whilst delivering additional time and operational efficiencies to users.”

Currently being rolled out to our existing global client base operating Airbus fleets, the company says “feedback has been uniformly positive.”

“By introducing support for OLB data format, we show our commitment to our international customers around the globe, allowing them to effortlessly manage documentation whilst adhering to the highest industry safety standards,” David Hedley, CTO commented. “We are looking forward to rolling the update out across our customer base.”

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Metron Aviation and FlightAware Announce Partnership

FlightAware says it will provide Metron Aviation with access to the world’s largest flight tracking network and data fusion platform, including data from FlightAware’s terrestrial Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) receivers in more than 195 countries delivering extensive flight data and surveillance position updates. This will provide a valuable resource for Metron Aviation’s portfolio of Air Traffic Management (ATM) services and tools.

As the first initiative of this relationship, Metron Aviation, in partnership with CANSO, will supply global ANSPs with their Horizon product with integrated FlightAware surveillance data as a complementary Software as a Service (SaaS) solution. Horizon will provide real-time demand prediction capabilities for airports and airspace to help mitigate the uncertainty regarding the restart of air traffic operations as the industry begins to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Combining FlightAware data with the Metron Aviation toolset will provide ANSP’s with unprecedented access to highly accurate predictive data hours ahead of flight operations. The ability to accurately predict future capacity imbalances will lead to increased safety and efficiency for our customers,” said Chris Jordan, president Metron Aviation.

“Leveraging FlightAware’s platform and global data in Metron’s Air Traffic Flow Management Platform will unquestionably increase the predictability of flight movements for ANSPs and air traffic controllers around the world,” added Daniel Baker, CEO FlightAware.

Comply365’s ProAuthor to Deliver Smart Manuals to Canadian North Flight Crews
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Comply365’s ProAuthor to Deliver Smart Manuals to Canadian North Flight Crews

Comply365 welcomed Canadian North to its customer base with a multiyear contract that will transform the operational information flight crew members must access into “smart manuals” and improve the airline’s compliance management system.

Comply365’s ProAuthor will replace multiple disparate systems at the Ottawa, Canada-based airline while delivering more personalized and relevant content to their pilots, flight attendants, and maintenance technicians.

“We needed to establish consistency across our operational manuals, and we wanted a single system to manage and deliver our operational content as well as track end-user compliance,” Canadian North president and CEO Chris Avery said. “Comply365 is used widely across Canada and the United States, and the great feedback we’ve heard from other airlines helped solidify our choice in this trusted brand.”

Using ProAuthor, more than 400 employees in the flight operations, inflight and maintenance departments at Canadian North now will receive smart manuals on their tablets that reduce the data required to download updates, which was especially important because of the limited connectivity in the remote areas the airline serves.

“We warmly welcome Canadian North and look forward to providing them with a solution to boost their end-user compliance while replacing multiple systems to efficiently manage complex processes in a single documentation system that works across the airline,” Comply365 CEO Tom Samuel said. “Canadian North now has the power to deliver more personalized information to flight crews so they can safely and more efficiently travel to places that are essentially off the grid.”

AeroLogic Becomes First Cargo Airline to Implement GreenTech Solution OptiClimb
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AeroLogic Becomes First Cargo Airline to Implement GreenTech Solution OptiClimb

AeroLogic, the joint-venture between DHL Express and Lufthansa Cargo operating 777 freighters, has become the first cargo airline to implement OptiClimb, a fuel saving digital solution developed by Safety Line, that recommends customized speeds to pilots for each climb.

Reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions is a challenge for cargo operators. Although the Covid-19 crisis has had less impact on cargo operations, it has further enhanced the general drive for more sustainability in aviation.

AeroLogic says they are more committed than ever to pro-actively save fuel and reduce CO2 emissions. Climbout is one of the most fuel-consuming phases of the flight, especially for operator’s fully loaded 777Fs. Thereby, it offers the most potential for savings, but it is also the most complex phase, with many parameters changing simultaneously as the aircraft ascends. Using Machine Learning to optimize climb speeds, Machine Learning addresses this complexity.

By building performance models for each aircraft based on historical flight data, OptiClimb allows analysis of thousands of scenarios taking into account individual aircraft performance and accurate 4D weather forecasts to recommend optimal climb speeds to pilots for each flight. Further to an OptiClimb trial involving more than 1,000 flights, AeroLogic has demonstrated average fuel savings of 234kg per climb, which could translate into a fleetwide carbon footprint reduction of at least 5,000 tons of CO2 per year.

In addition to implementing OptiClimb, AeroLogic is working with Safety Line to explore further flight optimization opportunities in all flight phases. For instance, AeroLogic was the first cargo operator to successfully trial OptiDirect, a solution that recommends shortcuts to pilots based on historical tracks flown and forecasted weather on the route. “Within AeroLogic, sustainable operations is a priority for all,” according to managing director Joe Moser. “We are excited to innovate with OptiClimb. [It] empowers our pilots to further contribute to more efficient and greener operations.”

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NAVBLUE Launches RunwaySense

NAVBLUE launched their RunwaySense service, which allows airlines and airports to accurately assess and report runway conditions by using Airbus aircraft as sensors.

Airports can use the aircraft data to inform their runway clearing operations, better timing runway clearing activities or targeting application of de-icing chemicals. With the mandatory ICAO Global Reporting Format (GRF), due to come into effect later this year, this data contributes to airports reporting requirements with accurate, near real-time runway performance information.

Airlines can use this data to better monitor their operations as they share the data their aircraft have generated internally, or access data generated by other operators.

RunwaySense is based on BACF+ (Braking Action Computation Function), software released by NAVBLUE in 2019 on the Airbus single-aisle family. BACF+ generates a message on the aircraft accurately reporting the condition of the runway it’s just landed on, against the FAA’s Take-off and Landing Performance Assessment (TALPA) Runway Condition Assessment Matrix (RCAM). This data, already available to the pilot through the MCDU (Multi Function Control and Display Unit), will now be accessible from NAVBLUE via dedicated channels which can be selected to best fit the user’s operational requirements.

Users will be able to access the data via a NAVBLUE web-based tool or an Application Programming Interface (API) allowing them to integrate the data feed into their existing software platforms.

“By transforming the aircraft into a sensor we’re maximizing the airports’ knowledge of their runway performance and therefore increasing safety for aircraft and airports,” said Thomas Lagaillarde, NAVBLUE VP Program/Portfolio. “More than 10 airlines, in Europe, the Americas, Asia Pacific and Africa, have signed up for BACF+ and the number of aircraft transmitting data continues to grow. We believe the community model of sharing data is the right direction of travel for all aviation stakeholders: airlines, airports and crucially the passenger will benefit from this new technology.”

RunwaySense is the first of NAVBLUE’s airport-focused solutions to be launched and will be followed in the coming months by AirportCore, a web platform leveraging big data to help airports better anticipate delays and congestion.

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