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.

WNS Extends Partnership with Scandinavian Airlines

WNS Limited, a Business Process Management (BPM) services provider, has extended its partnership with Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS). With this extension, WNS will continue to provide SAS with a comprehensive range of services including Passenger Revenue Accounting (PRA) and Cargo Revenue Accounting (CRA), and will now incrementally add analytical support and new solutions across risk, audit and compliance.

“We are delighted to continue and expand our partnership with SAS, and look forward to helping them manage disruption and drive long-term growth. WNS’ experience in the travel industry coupled with our investments in digital have helped us deliver high-impact outcomes for complex airline operations. The extension of our partnership with SAS is testimony to our unwavering client-centricity,” said Keshav R. Murugesh, Group CEO, WNS.

SAS partnership with WNS is almost two decades old and the unparalleled experience in the travel domain has and will continue to help SAS streamline crucial accounting processes. This is done through cutting-edge tools and digital analytics.

IndiGo Takes to the Cloud With Druva

Druva Inc., a Cloud Data Protection and Management provider, has announced that it has helped IndiGo slash IT support calls by 90 percent and secure thousands of devices through a migration to cloud data protection. As India’s largest passenger airline, Druva’s SaaS-based data management technology offered the company a single solution for protecting its sensitive aviation data and a robust disaster recovery approach to ensure minimal impact to business operations. With features such as immediate access to all backups, powerful data governance capabilities and fast search to restore data, IndiGo’s IT team is now able to focus on enhancing end-user satisfaction.

Airlines around the world are focused on improving operational reliability and enhancing passenger experience as they resume services in a post COVID-19 world. This has led to an increasing usage of cloud services, which offer increased reliability and more effective cost management. Data protection is an ideal workload to host in the cloud given its demands, ultimately strengthening business resiliency, enhancing disaster recovery and ensuring critical data is always accessible and available. Managing over 150TB of data across thousands of endpoints, IndiGo’s IT team recognized the criticality of data protection and the need to effectively overcome potential data loss and ransomware challenges.

“The global ubiquity of the public cloud brings a higher level of efficiency for backup and recovery,” said Tushar Cairae, associate director and head end user computing, IndiGo Airlines. “We’ve been using Druva in the cloud for nearly two years and it’s working perfectly. Backups are completed on time without any failure. This has gone a long way in helping us protect our brand and allowing us to maintain hard-won customer trust.”

After deploying Druva across the organization, IndiGo employees are now able to trigger data backup and recoveries without IT intervention, eliminating the need for onsite restorations. This process has helped dramatically reduce IT requests, further secure data from breaches and misuse, and has empowered IndiGo’s IT team to confidently turn its focus to managing the infrastructure and connectivity across airport networks. The team has also been able to use the additional time to optimize several mission critical business applications, ensure hassle-free computing and deliver competitive advantages through innovation, productivity, and efficiency.

“To keep ground and air operations running seamlessly, airlines need 24×7 access to the humongous data it generates and stores in complex environments,” said Bakshish Dutta, country manager – India & SAARC, Druva. “With Druva, the IT team at IndiGo is getting to witness the transformative nature of SaaS cloud data protection and how it helps businesses to truly derive value from data while keeping it safe and accessible anytime, anywhere.”

Aerospace Tech Week Helps fill the gap

Aerospace Tech Week 2021 helps fill the gap

OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: AEROSPACE TECH WEEK 2021 dates MOVE to 23rd-24th June 2021 to fill the gap after the 2021 PARIS AIR SHOW is cancelled.  

Unfortunately, there will be no Paris Air Show to look forward to in 2021, due to the pandemic, but the niche Toulouse based event, AEROSPACE TECH WEEK, is still planning to go ahead but NOW moving dates from 26th-27th May to 23rd-24th June 2021 in order to plug the gap.

Moving AEROSPACE TECH WEEK forward a month gives valuable extra time for the vaccines to be rolled out across the world, and the organisers also believe that by 23rd-24th June 2021 there should be a greater chance for increased air travel to resume, although the organisers still have alternative back up dates in November 2021, just in case.

The move to the cancelled 2021 Paris Air Show dates will enable the aerospace industry to continue with some of its scheduled JUNE event activity and announcements. The industry also desperately needs an in person (face to face) event to help start the recovery and therefore AEROSPACE TECH WEEK is likely to be one of the first major aerospace events to take place in over 18 months.

Whilst AEROSPACE TECH WEEK might not have the flying displays that the Paris Air Show has it does deliver on vital B2B networking opportunities for the civil aviation, aerospace and defence sectors, via its six main events under one roof covering; Avionics, Connectivity, Flight Ops IT, MRO IT, Testing and FACE.  

AEROSPACE TECH WEEK is fast becoming established as the “go to” event for airlines, OEMs, MROs and aerospace and defence suppliers as it alternates between the large aerospace regional clusters of Munich and Toulouse, with AIRBUS being its platinum sponsor.

AEROSPACE TECH REVIEW magazine and AEROSPACE TECH WEEK are in an ideal position to help aid with the industry recovery and to move it forward.

For more details on the Exhibition Halls, 6x ConferencesCertified Training, Workshops and the networking receptions please visit: www.AerospaceTechWeek.com

The show registration opens in January 2021 but if you are intersted in seeing how they can FILL THE GAP in your 2021 trade show plans please contact Adrian Broadbent

AviationDW – Information Visualisation Made Easy

AviationDW, a product by CrossConsense, is a managed data warehouse, made for use with a backend system, e.g. AMOS. A data warehouse is a component of traditional business intelligence, allowing the generation of key performance indicators (KPIs) and data analysis based on historical data.

The makers of AviationDW say it can greatly simplify KPI creation based on MRO System data. To this end, AviationDW provides easy-to-understand database schemes allowing business end-users to explore data without implementing complex logic.

The application favors the use of existing in-house reporting and visualization tools. The company says that by simply connecting to AviationDW with common solutions like Microsoft Power BI, Tableau, AWS QuickSight or other BI tools, users will directly benefit from existing knowledge and capabilities.

AviationDW in collaboration with one of the aforementioned BI tools gives the customer the ability to visualize data in an interactive intuitive way to delve deeper into the data with a targeted approach. Behind the scenes, the AviationDW data transformation jobs are running to prepare raw backend MRO system data for easy access. Whether one is interested in how many valves were replaced in which kind of AC at one special station or simply needs to know the delay duration in minutes for a single station. This data is all in the customer’s MRO System but with AviationDW CrossConsense provides a product that makes this data easily accessible and analysable.

Connection to the customer’s MRO System is as safe as it gets, the developers stress. Data is exported by the MRO System and sent to AviationDW. The users can set filters according to their needs and the full control over all data export activity stays with the customer.

AviationDW has been developed and will steadily be improved together with Condor Flugdienst  and DC Aviation  which are also the first companies that will use the product. As it is their philosophy, CrossConsense strives to enhance and expand the functionalities of the tool together with its valued customers.

gds and IT Flight Ops Solutions Develop WingDox

The new WingDox solution says they are making it easier for airlines to create, edit and use their documentation. To this end, gds is cooperating with its partners IT Flight Ops Solutions and Virtual eTraining. They says their aim was to combine both the e-learning tool TAGGIS and the digital document distribution system DocBrowser with the review and approval portal ARC-Desk and the content management system XR/aviation from gds GmbH. The result is a modular platform that avoids media discontinuities, and enables the seamless creation, checking and distribution of their manuals, documentation and training content.

“WingDox is an open, flexible and modular documentation management and distribution system that optimally covers the special technical and regulatory requirements of airlines,” says Klaus Fenchel,

responsible for the Aviation and Defence division of gds. The solution, which is based on an optimized and uninterrupted XML workflow, is not only fast and cost-efficient but also minimizes the risk of information loss. Up to now, the document lifecycle for aviation documents was often associated with several media breaks. Despite electronic creation via PDF, paper-based document review, approval and delivery was required, reducing quality, slowing the process and incurring high costs.

WingDox boasts it takes care of this problem. WingDox consists of several modules that can be used individually or combined. This suits airlines that already have partial solutions and want to continue using them. Based on the open architecture and the XML-based information management, existing systems can be combined with the modules in WingDox to a powerful overall system. “We are pleased that we and our partner were also able to integrate the virtual, cloud-based e-learning and training platform TAGGIS,” says Fenchel. With its 360° panoramic view, TAGGIS creates a visual and virtual environment in which processes can be trained interactively.The WingDox solution consists of two tools each from gds GmbH and Virtual eTraining AB. The XML component content management system XR/aviation and the reviewing and approval system ARC-Desk originate from gds. IT Flight Ops Solutions contributes the DocBrowser Suite, Virtual eTraining AB additionally contributes TAGGIS.

The web-based reviewing and approval portal ARC-Desk facilitates the smooth transfer of information between technical experts, technical editors and users. This helps all parties involved in an airline to create change requests as well as to check and approve changes in the technical documentation. Once a change request has been reviewed and approved, the requirements are implemented in XR/aviation. Thanks to its aviation-specific functions, the future-oriented CMS helps airlines to meet the requirements of national aviation authorities quickly, cost-effectively and safely. The system for creating and managing XML content supports revision and change management, makes it easier to fulfill with compliance requirements, and enables users to provide information specific to aircraft and target groups. Before the revised manual is published, all change requests are released and approved by the responsible national aviation authority.

DocBrowser is used to distribute the regularly changed information to the end users: pilots, cabin crew, technicians, or administration. The active documentation can be accessed via web portal or an iPad app. Information can be filtered according to aircraft and target group. In the administration portal, it can be defined in fine granularity who can or must see which information, whether a read confirmation is needed and when information becomes valid or invalid. With TAGGIS, technicians, pilots and the cabin crew can easily complete their trainings. TAGGIS and DocBrowser are tightly integrated, so that relevant trainings can be accessed from the documentation and the underlying documentation from trainings.

Through the cooperation of gds with with IT Flight Ops Solutions AB and Virtual eTraining AB, and the development of WingDox, the creation of manuals for the aviation industry is greatly simplified. This saves cost and time, but above all it ensures safety. “I see great and unique synergies between the companies and their respective products,” says Patrick Sävström, CEO of IT Flight Ops Solutions. “Our new platform enables technical writers to work more smoothly without media breaks. End users get immediate access to the information. The integrated training system also allows many contents to be trained interactively. “The uniform, consolidated WingDox platform enables a secure and fast information lifecycle and at the same time provides optimum support for the various target groups. gds, together with documentation experts specialized in aviation, also offers the possibility of outsourcing part of the documentation or managing peak loads. Two models are offered by WingDox: licensing with the option of in-house installation and rental as Software as a Service. The core functions of the systems can also be tested in a demo environment.

 

Solace Technology Helps FAA Streamline Data Flow for NextGen Weather Systems

The U. S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is using Solace’s market-leading event streaming and management platform to efficiently collect and distribute the real-time information required to power their NextGen Weather Systems, which are comprised of Common Support Services – Weather (CSS-Wx) and NextGen Weather Processor (NWP). The NextGen Weather System’s processing platform supports the identification of traffic flow constraints and en-route safety hazards, and provides translated weather information needed to predict route blockage and airspace capacity constraints up to eight hours in advance.

According to the FAA’s website, “NWP combines information from weather radars, environmental satellites, lightning, meteorological observations (from surface stations and aircraft), and NOAA numerical forecast model output to generate improved products for all FAA users and National Airspace System (NAS) stakeholders.”

The application of Solace technology to NextGen Weather Systems is an example of FAA’s NAS Enterprise Message Service (NEMS), an implementation of message-oriented middleware commonly called System Wide Information Management (SWIM) in the aviation space. NEMS is a NAS-wide system that provides the digital data sharing backbone for their many and varied NextGen initiatives and is based on Solace technology.

“SWIM enables increased common situational awareness and improved NAS agility to deliver the right information to the right people at the right time,” the FAA says on their website. “SWIM is the infrastructure that offers a single point of access for aviation data, with producers of data publishing it once and users accessing the information they need through a single connection.”

For NextGen Weather Systems specifically, PubSub+ will handle the process of dealing with diverse data formats and ensuring the real-time delivery of weather data via the NWP Aviation Weather Display (AWD), and to systems like Time-Based Flow Management (TBFM) and Traffic Flow Management System. These systems, which also interact with Common Support Services-Weather (CSS-Wx), process massive amounts of weather data and produce decision support information to the Air Traffic decision-makers directly responsible for ensuring both safety and the optimal use of air space at all times, especially during inclement weather.

Solace says the advantages of NextGen Weather Systems include:

  • State-of-the-art translation products allow air traffic managers to collaboratively achieve more efficient strategic and tactical use of the airspace and significantly reduce weather-related air traffic delay.
  • Provides a consistent weather picture tailored to specific aviation requirements
  • Translates weather picture into reliable airspace constraints for air traffic decision-making
  • Enables safe, timely, and efficient operation of the National Airspace System (NAS) in all kinds of weather
  • Consolidates multiple FAA weather programs with overlapping capabilities 

“We’re excited to be working with the FAA to make the skies safer for travelers while optimizing available airspace and helping airlines operate more efficiently,” said Denis King, CEO, Solace. “It’s particularly gratifying to see NextGen Weather Program tap into the solid SWIM foundation of NAS Enterprise Messaging Service that FAA has built with our PubSub+ event streaming and management platform, and we look forward to working closely with them as they leverage that solid base for other NextGen applications.”

Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) Invests in Cyber Security Monitoring with Transputec

Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has partnered with Transputec, a managed IT services provider, to boost cyber security monitoring across its global network in support of its commitment to delivering best-in-class safety and security.

As its preferred supplier, Transputec will provide round-the-clock protection of WFS’ aviation cargo and ground handling operations, which comprises 21,800 employees at 171 stations in 22 countries across five continents.

Transputec will supply WFS with all the relevant technology and services delivered in collaboration with ThreatSpike Labs, the cyber security intelligence company. The team of cyber security experts assigned to WFS will provide 24/7 monitoring for security risks or  incidents, helping to resolve them before they become an issue.

WFS decided to partner with Transputec after it came out on top in proof of concept trials involving various potential suppliers, and based on its expertise and the cost efficiency of the solution offered. 

“Safety and security will always be WFS’ top priority to underpin the vital services we provide for our airline customers at airports around the world. We take this responsibility very seriously and are constantly reviewing our systems and processes to ensure they are fit-for-purpose against potential threats and to protect our business continuity,” said Pedro Garcia, Group chief information officer for Worldwide Flight Services. “Transputec is providing critical managed services that enable us to improve the resilience, efficiency and security of our global operations, which gives us the peace of mind that any security anomaly or incident will be managed and resolved instantly.”

Sonny Sehgal, CEO, Transputec, added: “We are excited to be working with such a respected market leader as WFS and pleased to be helping to further improve the company’s security programme to increase the value of its services. Our team have already been welcomed as an extension of their IT function and a core part of their security team and will offer specialist help and digital expertise to support the integrity and growth of WFS’ operations around the world.”

Boeing Digital Services to Optimize Planning and Operations for Frontier Airlines Through New 10-year Agreement

Boeing announced a new 10-year agreement with North American carrier Frontier Airlines to implement a range of crew, flight-planning and operations tools to enhance efficiency for the airline.

These digital solutions from Boeing’s Jeppesen product range provide fleet-wide cost savings across regional and international routes, enhance airline crew-planning processes and increase operational reliability.

“We are fully confident that these robust Jeppesen flight-planning and operational tools will bring tremendous benefit to Frontier’s operations from day one following implementation,” said Brad Lambert, vice president of Flight Operations for Frontier Airlines. “From maintenance and operational planning to day-of and irregular operations, the Jeppesen automation and crew-management tools will complement our low-cost business model while contributing to our system reliability and efficiency.”

In addition to its digital navigation and charting services from Boeing, Frontier Airlines will use a new Jeppesen digital solutions suite that provides day-of-operations decision-support tools, including:

  • Flight-planning and scheduling services to enhance flight operations and enable on-time departures and efficient routing
  • Crew management, tail assignment and operations-control tools that optimize schedules and aircraft utilization in the short- and long-term planning horizon, including day-of-operation issue detection and schedule recovery to minimize issues due to unexpected events

“As commercial aviation emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, Frontier Airlines is poised to continue its exceptional growth, utilizing Boeing’s analytics-powered tools to maximize performance and reduce costs during this critical moment for our industry,” said Ted Colbert, president and CEO of Boeing Global Services. “This is a great example of our partnership with customers like Frontier to turn Boeing’s unparalleled digital expertise into operational bottom-line advantages.”

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