Airline opportunitiesAirlines are seeking methods to manage growth and maintain control, over operational costs through the deployment of complementary technology solutions. Safety, in the face of more frequent severe weather events, is also of paramount concern.
Airlines face a number of practical challenges within the flight dispatch environment, including reducing workloads to refocus fllight dispatchers onto important operational discussions. Any flight-planning system that achieves this also needs to integrate with other operational systems, such as scheduling operations control and existing Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) solutions, and be scalable to complement an increase in fleet size without requiring more staff.
AIRCOM® FlightPlanner can address these challenges.
Enable your aircraft operators to calculate the most efficient flight plan using AIRCOM® FlightPlanner. By providing the tools to optimize operational parameters, an airline can reduce fuel, time and navigation costs. FlightPlanner is particularly suited to commercial operators who need a flight-planning solution that focuses on reducing operational costs. As part of a fully integrated porfolio, AIRCOM® FlightPlanner integrates seamlessly into related tasks in the airline operations environment, such as scheduling, ops control, flight management and EFB systems.
The FlightPlanner application consumes schedule information, and through configurable business rules, automatically manages workload distribution among dispatchers. Any subsequent changes are also managed seamlessly, automatically sharing relevant information among dispatch managers and relevant dispatch desks. Using configurable flight-planning business rules, it selects the best route possible for each flight. The flight plan is based on a complex analysis of aircraft performance, weather data and route validation, combined with air traffic management routing requirements.
FlightPlanner is integrated with SITA’s AIRCOM® ACARS Services, so that route information can be uplinked directly to the aircraft flight-management system. FlightPlanner provides information that can be fed into an Electronic Flight Folder, meeting the need for seamless integration with EFB solutions.
Features and benefits
Intelligent workload management
Management of ‘day of ops’ schedules and any subsequent changes through business rules allows you to reduce workload overheads on dispatch teams, giving them more time to focus on important decisions,
Access a comprehensive database of international class one NOTAM data, fully integrated with SITAONAIR flight plans, thanks to this additional option.
Provide your crew, via this additional option, with a comprehensive global database of airport weather data, which is both a legal requirement and essential for the safe dispatch of aircraft.
Through this additional option, your crew can access a wide range of weather charts and products from the UK Met Office that are integrated with SITAONAIR’s flight plans. Weather phenomena reporting can be automatically tailored on a per-flight basis using pre-defined rules.
Electronic flight folder
The full benefits of the Electronic Flight Bag should be integrated with the flight dispatch process. SITAONAIR’s approach means that all flight briefing collateral can be effortlessly pushed to a pilot’s EFB device.
Save valuable time for pilots, and remove the potential for errors, by populating the aircraft Flight Management System (FMS) with route data direct from the Flight Planning system. Weather forecast updates to the FMS provide further opportunities for optimization in-flight.
Economic fuel tankering analysis
Economic fuel tankering analysis reveals the optimum amount of additional fuel to carry, and how to exploit the differences in fuel price, which can save airlines up to 1% in fuel costs.
Weather forecast-based route planning
Real-time analysis of weather forecasts and navigation restrictions allows dispatchers to select the most economical route, based on live information.