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An air-to-ground system that automatically and securely collects and transfers aircraft data, supporting improved safety, flight operations and maintenance reporting.



Airlines rely on timely aircraft data insights to identify and unlock operational efficiencies.

Only with effective data management can airlines fully understand their aircraft data, ensure safer operations, on-time departures and arrivals, and improve customer satisfaction. Sensitive airline data must, of course, be secured at all times, and shared only with authorized stakeholders.

In addition, for data transfers from aircraft to ground to be cost-effective, airlines require a simple way to set policy-based data-routing instructions. This enables them to use the most cost-effective communications links available.

SITA FOR AIRCRAFT’s DataCapture® service addresses these challenges.

This fully managed aircraft-to-ground solution is designed to automatically acquire data from multiple aircraft systems. Using automation, it captures, compresses and transfers this collected data via available communication links, based on operator-selected business rules and priority-based communications.

This capability extents to all aircraft file types, which can be automatically synchronized and exchanged with our ground servers when the aircraft lands.

Features and Benefits

Purpose-built for any AID
DataCapture® is purpose-built software which we have developed in-house to be device agnostic, leveraging the full interface capabilities of any aircraft interface device (AID). Airlines can deploy DataCapture® by installing it on existing AID hardware connected to aircraft avionics, or with an AID that we have provided, as part of a managed service.

Secure data management
Data collected by DataCapture® onboard the aircraft is offloaded through the SITA FOR AIRCRAFT Cloud, protected by firewalling and our private VPN. Using the Cloud means data is secure and consistently accessible, and customers are able to avoid the costs associated with physical ground server implementations.

Seamless data transfer
Aircraft data, such as QAR and application log files, are collected and packaged onboard the aircraft and transferred straight after landing using available IP links (cellular or Wi-Fi). Multi-link transfers are also possible. All data can be transferred during turnaround.

Enhances maintenance processes
Airline maintenance staff save time thanks to the DataCapture® automated data extraction process. By providing immediate access to complete flight data post-flight, the solution is ideal for predictive maintenance programs and advanced parts management.

Eases workload
DataCapture® helps free up airline safety analysts to focus on core tasks, without having to worry about data transfers or IT matters. They can easily request additional data from aircraft using the accessible graphical user interface.

Hardware agnostic
DataCapture® can be installed on a variety of existing EFB tablets or AIDs. We can supply the onboard hardware for unequipped aircraft.

Air/ground integration
The service is delivered fully integrated at system level, from aircraft to ground. Our operations proactively monitor this whole system. Our interface allows users to request aircraft files, as well as the status and configuration of onboard software.

Simple deployment
By leveraging our industry-leading expertise in airline and aircraft system integration, we make DataCapture® service adoption as simple as possible for our customers.

No ground infrastructure costs
In integrating with existing AIDs, airlines using DataCapture® avoid having to invest in any additional dedicated ground IT infrastructure.

24/7 customer support
DataCapture® is supported by our technical support staff, with round-the-clock multilingual support and data access. Combined with proactive service monitoring, maintenance analysts will receive aircraft data accurately, and on time.

Customer Success Stories


Find out about the strategic partners and collaborations involved in delivering our fully-managed air/ground DataCapture® service, designed to automatically acquire data from multiple aircraft systems.

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