Flight Operations

Innovative ADM System Takes Flight Operations to New Heights

UTC Aerospace Systems' Aircraft Data Management (ADM) platform enables airlines to realize the full potential of their Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) programs. From removal of clutter in the cockpit to enablement of real-time information exchange, our platform and applications eliminate paper-based processes and reduce pilot workload, decreasing the opportunity for human error. 

Benefits include:

  • Cockpit EFB charging
  • Access to avionics data
  • Storage and sharing of information between users
  • The ability to send and receive information on the ground as well as inflight

CASE STUDY:

Flight deck tablet charging with an eye to the future 

A customer issued iPads® to its pilots with the goal of replacing paper manuals and charts with tablet-based Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs). The airline selected applications for navigation charts and manuals, and they wanted to remove approximately 100 pounds of paper manuals from the aircraft. In order to do so, the airline had to ensure that their pilots’ iPads® would retain a sufficient charge. 

We provided a Tablet Interface Module (TIM®) to deliver conditioned power for tablet charging in a flight deck location accessible by each pilot. As a result, the airline was immediately able to remove the paper manuals and realize the weight and fuel savings that they sought. The customer also appreciated the growth path of our system, and they are now looking to expand the system to enable additional functionality as described the case studies below. 

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CASE STUDY:

Access to aircraft avionics data, what can I do?

A customer was committed to installing an Aircraft Interface Device (AID) on each of its aircraft because they believed there was value in enabling and managing onboard connectivity. Although they understood that the AID also provides access to avionics data, they lacked vision as to what they could do with the data that they could access as a result — and they lacked the confidence to believe that they could capture the benefits. 

UTC Aerospace Systems worked with the customer to outline a phased implementation approach which would enable the airlines to realize the operational efficiencies enabled by access to aircraft avionics. 

First, we worked with the customer to enable moving maps on their Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) chart and navigation application. Because the AID is connected to the same GPS source as the aircraft’s navigation systems, the customer could be confident that the own ship position shown on the aircraft displays would be the same as on the pilots’ EFBs.

Second, the customer had chosen to use our OpsInsight™ Electronic Flight Folder (EFF), an application which integrates flight planning, avionics data, flight performance tracking and weather data with real-time updates and notifications. Using the AID-enabled avionics inputs, the application auto-populates time and fuel at each waypoint.

In the future, the customer is looking to expand its application portfolio to include flight profile optimization to drive further operational efficiencies.  Flight profile optimizations use updated aircraft performance data accessed by the AID. 

In order to ensure a smooth roll-out, UTC Aerospace Systems provided onsite installation support for the first several aircraft, ensuring that the system worked as expected when the aircraft left the hanger and re-entered revenue service. In addition, we provided a toolset and training so that the airline could perform the installation checks themselves as they rolled out the solution across their fleet. 

ADM solution included: 

Aircraft Interface Device (AID)

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CASE STUDY:

Communications, link beyond the aircraft

Finding the onboard weather radar too limited during long flights in regions with rapidly changing and often severe weather, a customer wanted to provide its pilots with the most up to date weather information before takeoff as well as real time weather updates while the aircraft is inflight.  

First, UTC Aerospace Systems worked with the airline to implement a solution which provided high bandwidth communications on the ground using a global 4G/LTE radio built into AID. 

Then, we collaborated with airline’s L-Band and Ka/Ku satellite communications providers to link the AID to the SatCom systems, providing connections while inflight. 

By using IP-based communication connections for both modes, the EFB application was usable without any modifications. 

ADM solution included: 

Aircraft Interface Device (AID)

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