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Posted: April 24, 2019,  in News

Smart4Aviation’s EFB application certified for Inmarsat’s SB-S platform

24 April 2019: Inmarsat, the world leader in global mobile satellite communications, has certified Smart4Aviation’s Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) application, Smart MOBILE, for use on its award-winning SB-S digital aircraft operations platform.

Smart MOBILE is a unique solution that allows pilots, cabin crew and other airline employees to access, complete and submit documentation quickly and efficiently on their mobile devices via a single portal, helping to increase productivity, operational awareness and efficiency. It also enables peer-to-peer communication, ACARS messaging and provides instant access to briefing packages and important flight-related information, such as up-to-date weather reports and potential load, fuel and hazard alerts.

The application can be tailored to match each airline customer’s exact requirements to deliver tangible cost savings. Benefits include a reduction in the frequency and duration of flight delays, together with improvements to on-time performance. In addition, increased automation and real-time information translates to a reduction in workload, resulting in less bottlenecks for both flight and cabin crew.

Smart MOBILE is the latest in a range of value-added operational and safety applications to be certified via Inmarsat’s Aviation Certified Application Provider (CAP) Programme for SB-S. Other available applications include flight profile optimisation, weather information, digital navigation charts, and aircraft diagnostics and performance monitoring.

Mike Lewis, CEO of Smart4Aviation, said: “We are excited about this partnership, as it allows us to take another major step forward and enhance our products within a connected aircraft environment. Inmarsat is a leading provider of satellite communications solutions to airlines, operators and passengers worldwide, keeping people and systems connected at thousands of feet in the air. Together, we will be able to provide real time situational awareness to flight crew during all flight phases. These benefits will result in more efficient decision making, leading to less disruption resulting in increased cost savings and enhanced flight safety. Together with our new partner, we are ready for the future.

John Broughton, Senior Vice President of Aircraft Operations and Safety, Inmarsat Aviation, said: “Smart4Aviation is a global industry-leader in proving best-in-class EFB technology to airlines. With the launch of Smart MOBILE on Inmarsat’s SB-S, we look forward to bringing Smart4Aviation’s innovative solutions to our commercial airline customers, driving operational efficiency and enhancing safety with a cost-effective, tailored offering.

The SB-S digital aircraft operations platform is powered by Inmarsat’s advanced global L-band satellite constellation, which has underpinned safety services for 40 years. Inmarsat is scheduled to launch two additional L-band payloads in 2020 and 2021, further cementing its long-term commitment to offering highly reliable services over this spectrum.
Posted: March 25, 2019,  in News

S4A Smart MOBILE - Webinar on demand

The Webinar is a unique opportunity to see Smart MOBILE application designed for Pilots and Cabin Crew, and available on all devices.

The Webinar begins with Smart4Aviation experts providing an overview of their industry leading suite of Flight Operations software solutions before a detailed look at each of the six EFB Apps. As you will see each App can be used as a stand-alone solution or integrated within an existing EFB platform, and is delivered with advanced and extensive web-based configuration systems and administration panels, plus delivers dedicated functionality for the Crew.


S4A Smart MOBILE Components:

  • BRIEF (Pilot Briefing & Navlog)
  • BRIEF CABIN (Cabin Crew Briefing)
  • CREW INFO (Calendar & Roster)
  • DOC (Operations Manuals)
  • eFORMS (Electronic Forms)
  • COMM (Communication & Alerting)


Webinar Agenda:

  • Smart4Aviation Company and Products Overview - 10 min
  • Introduction to Smart MOBILE – 10 min
  • Smart MOBILE product demonstration – 30 min
  • Q&A session – 10 min

Posted: March 11, 2019,  in News

Annual ATC awards 2019 recognise Smart4Aviation, Qantas and Frequentis for enabling flight efficiency and fuel savings

The annual IHS Jane’s ATC awards 2019 took place again at World ATM Congress in Madrid to reward companies and projects across six categories for their work over the previous 12 months. Australian airline Qantas developed a flight planning platform jointly with Frequentis, Smart4Aviation and the University of Sydney, to enable efficiency and fuel savings, winning this year’s Technology award.
Left to right: Ben Vogel – Janes IHS Markit, Mike Riegler – Qantas, Maciej Migacz – Smart4Aviation, Francesco
Saraceni and Catalin Roman – Frequentis, Shane Harney – smart4Aviation, Geoff Bell – Qantas, Dirk Whitake –
Frequentis. Photograhy: Patrick Allen – HIS Markit


The Qantas flight planning platform (Constellation) can ingest rich data sets from external sources, allowing it to continually assess and adjust its flight paths while en-route, providing for the flexibility to fit with flow constraints, reduce fuel consumption and emissions and increase safety.

Developing a flight optimisation platform was a vision of Qantas for some time. For Constellation to win this award is a significant achievement that shines a spotlight on what is now an operational reality. Together with Frequentis, Smart4Aviation and University of Sydney we have created a flight planning platform that combines best of breed products and latest data standards with cutting edge algorithmic techniques to enable flight planning optimization benefits across the Qantas network.” says Mike Riegler, Manager Innovation and Support, Qantas Flight Operations Systems.

Frequentis provided smartDM, part of the Frequentis integrated smartAIM/CADAS portfolio, which allows Qantas to ingest global aeronautical data including digital NOTAM. The solution also allows Qantas to manage a layer of company navigation data that supports the flight planning engine to optimize within approved company constraints such as company routes and freeflight airspace. Based on this data, flight planning and flight plan optimisation is performed resulting in increased safety through accurate navigation data constraint modelling, better fuel prediction and significant business process improvements.
We are pleased to be supporting an airline with its goals for route optimisation and fully support Qantas with their next challenge to open direct flights, Sydney to London and Sydney to New York by 2022. Capacity concerns are challenging the industry across the globe. By working together on innovative approaches for collecting dynamic data, and utilising it while en-route, enables Qantas to respond positively to the capacity challenge.”, says Dirk Withake, Frequentis Vice President Aeronautical Information Management.

Smart4Aviation’s main contribution to the partnership was comprised of a rich and fully featured flight planning application and user experience, seamlessly integrated with the Qantas’ proprietary flight optimisation engine and Frequentis’ AIXM 5.1 and ARINC 424 nav data management solution. Experts in integration, Smart4Aviation connected over 30 different operational systems reducing the amount of backend effort required to manage a system of this complexity. Another Smart4Aviation key contribution, was our the Airport Suitability module which analyses airports and airspace for operational status permitting the generation of highly accurate and fully compliant automated flight plans.

Moreover, Smart4Aviation has integrated its acclaimed Smart BRIEF, Smart NOTAM MANAGER, Smart MET, Smart COMM, and Smart VIEW+ solutions with other Qantas applications, thereby feeding the engine an enormous amount of valuable and timely operational data while creating a second to none overall operational experience.

The development of this system has been a tireless effort engaging teams of more than 100 professionals from Qantas, Frequentis and Smart4Aviation. The success of the project and the achievement of this milestone is a proud moment in not just the success of the system itself but in success of our partnership.”, says Mike Lewis, Smart4Aviation CEO.
Qantas embarked on a project to replace its aging mainframe-based flight planning system in 2013 by engaging the University of Sydney to research and prototype an innovative path optimiser using Probabilistic Road Map (PRM) techniques. Qantas then engaged leading aviation software providers Frequentis and Smart4Aviation to provide the remaining components of the platform and migrate to a cloud environment. A key requirement was support for automation and future proofing through adoption of standards such as AIXM 5.

The annual IHS Janes ATC awards allow companies the opportunity to nominate innovative, field-proven technologies and projects, which are then reviewed by an experienced panel of industry experts. The technology award reflects significant contributions by equipment and systems suppliers.
Posted: December 4, 2018,  in News

Partnership with MeteoGroup

London, 30 October 2018 - Smart4Aviation, one of the leading providers of software solutions for airline operations, has signed a cooperation agreement with MeteoGroup, the global weather authority. This partnership combines MeteoGroup’s extensive experience in weather forecasting and monitoring with the power of Smart4Aviation’s software platform, creating substantial benefits for airline and airport operations.

The parties intend to jumpstart their cooperation by integrating their standard products. The combination of S4A software with MeteoGroup Weather services results in an advanced operational predictive planning tool which can anticipate the impact of possible weather issues for the aviation industry.

Proactive planning allows airlines and airports to manage and minimize the impact of specific weather conditions through MeteoGroup services and products such as:
  • WingMaster; multi sensor deployment for intelligent determination of wing ice;
  • RunwayMaster; sensors runway conditions and need for de or anti-icing;
  • Lightning Tracker; to determine potential risk to ground crews as determined by the associated health and safety practices employed by location or airline.

Combined with S4A Smart COMM, all data and information can be easily be automatized, processed, filtered, adjusted and delivered to pre-defined user groups or roles within an airline or airport operation as well as to any 3rd party partners and contractors who can collaborate on operational problems and situations. In S4A Smart COMM, over 70 types of alerts can be established to warn of any operational conditions, enabling users a comprehensive view of airline operations in real time. Every minute of a delay can cost up to several dozen thousand dollars, this is why it is so important to automate this process and improve communication between all stakeholders.

Another product in Smart4Aviation’s portfolio is S4A Smart VIEW+, which can proactively track weather. This S4A’s flight tracking system is designed to combine real-time flight visualization and aircraft situational awareness by providing interactive presentations of aeronautical and geographical information tailored for comprehensive operational Flight Watch. S4A Smart VIEW+ can be also adjusted to display airport maps with all weather data taken from MeteoGroup sensors arranged in various locations across the airport network.

Smart4Aviation and MeteoGroup are now actively investigating how Big Data modelling can added further value, by adding an additional predictive dimension to their operational solutions.

As the weather impacts more and more business processes all around the world and in virtually any industry, there is a growing demand for actionable weather data and insights to be readily integrated in software and services”, says Donat Rétif, CEO of MeteoGroup. “The integration of our weather insights with Smart4Aviation’s software will enable aviation companies to instantly take maximum advantage of the most reliable weather data available. Helping them to improve their performance, serve customers better and increase their safety.

The Partnership with MeteoGroup allows us to leverage the core skillsets of both Smart4Aviation and MeteoGroup, to provide a complete solution for pro-active Weather monitoring and alerting. This synergy allows airlines and airports to significantly reduce costs related to flight delays and cancellations”, said Mike Lewis, President and CEO of Smart4Aviation.

Posted: July 17, 2018,  in News

All former Virgin America aircraft started to be operated in the S4A Smart LOAD

Smart4Aviation is very proud to be one of the most trusted vendors of Alaska Air Group. The use of S4A Smart COMM (communication and alerting) and S4A Smart LOAD (weight and balance) has successfully supported Alaska Air Group’s daily operations since 2014 delivering automation flight ratio at the level of 80%. Years of cooperation have resulted in a variety of achieved milestones and delivered projects, the last being connected with the strategic operational merger between Alaska Airlines and Virgin America.

On Tuesday, June 19th all former Virgin America flights ~(73 Airbus aircraft) started to be operated in the S4A Smart LOAD application under the aegis of the single Central Load Planning Department (CLP) (currently ~283 aircraft in total). 250 flights per day were added to the S4A Smart LOAD and S4A Smart COMM process. More than 3,200 employees have been positively affected by this change – primarily Airport Operations & Customer Service (AOCS) and Airbus pilots. Interestingly, the readiness of Alaska Air Group business units was significant to achieve desired merger goals, including the preparation of required updates to manuals and FAA regulatory approval. The payoff will be not only increased efficiencies at the stations, but also future IT savings thanks to decommission of Virgin America legacy systems. Cutover itself proceeded seamlessly, with no incidents reported. A significant benefit to this change is that former Virgin America Airbus aircraft can now support additional cargo items – which will increase Alaska Air Group revenue!

This result could be achieved thanks to successful roll-out of S4A Smart LOAD and S4A Smart COMM applications throughout former Virgin America flights operations.

S4A Smart LOAD application represents truly exception based weight and balance and load planning system. This solution fully automates and optimizes the load planning activity, engaging agents only when economic or loading irregularities occur. It is an extremely powerful yet simple to use solution, supporting both centralized and de-centralized airline load control models.

S4A Smart COMM system is a major advance in streamlining and improving airline communication processes. Efficient communication ensures efficient operations. Flight Dispatch, Operations Control, Weight and Balance, Maintenance, Pilots, Aircraft Routing and Crew Scheduling can now collaborate on operational problems and situations, using a common platform. Users have a common view of the airline's operation with critical information alerted in real time as changes occur.

The success story continues.
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