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Posted: January 25, 2019,  in Press Releases & Articles

Introduction to S4A's Flight Planning System developed together with Qantas

On the surface, it seemed to be just another long haul flight, but for Qantas and Smart4Aviation it was anything but routine.
This “routine” flight was the first live flight test of what is anticipated to be the most sophisticated and efficient flight planning system available in the industry.

"This is the start of something really big", stated Qantas Program Manager - Geoff Bell; as he outlined how the event is a landmark achievement for Qantas, marking the final stages of a multi-year, multi-vendor project.

Qantas and Smart4Aviation have partnered on a ground breaking, state of the art flight planning system designed to provide strategic operational and commercial advantages that only a best of breed planning system can deliver”, explained Smart4Aviation CEO Michael Lewis. The planning efficiencies and resulting savings generated by this new system are particularly relevant against the backdrop of the current aviation environment of rising fuel and operating costs.

Underpinning the system is arguably the most advanced optimizer fielded in the aviation industry today. Using an advanced probabilistic roadmap algorithm, the optimizer was developed as a Qantas and Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) joint project.

Deployment of the system throughout the Qantas operation will be done on a fleet by fleet basis, focusing initially on wide-body aircraft. This first phase concentrates on achieving initial projected cost savings while subsequent phases will increase automation and target further operational efficiencies and savings.

Qantas expect the new flight planning system to deliver on all cost savings targets, meeting all objectives.

"To be a technology and innovation leader in flight planning is not something that is easily done", explained Smart4Aviation CEO Lewis. "However, this is exactly the goal we have undertaken with our Qantas partners."

From project inception, Qantas and Smart4Aviation agreed the goal of this next generation flight planning system was to create a single, common platform to integrate operational and business decisions to gain maximum efficiency, predictability and flexibility in flight operations, without ever compromising safety. Automation is key and central to the design strategy.
Dispatchers will simply be providing guidance to the system, and reacting to exception based alerts. This approach allows operations staff to focus on higher value tasks and for targeting increased efficiency and the ability to focus on planning the safest, legal and most cost effective way to transport the optimum amount of payload between two points. Even more importantly, the system allows for an unswerving commitment to safety and efficient flight operations

Data management and data exchange with other stakeholders in the flight planning process is also a core feature of this next generation flight planning system design. As Aeronautical Information Management (AIM) matures, carriers will need a platform to successfully collaborate with these external stakeholders in a bi-directional manner. Examples include: anticipated airport acceptance and arrival rates, parameters for ground delays as well airline cancellations, revised schedules and routes, trajectory optimizations for traffic patterns, etc.

To support this sharing of data, the system currently provides extensive AIXM and WIXM support. FIXM support will be a future implementation, together with support for such concepts as Target Arrival Time together with ATM and CDM integration.

The Probabilistic Road Map (PRM) optimizer - the “engine” of the system - itself state of the art, was developed as a Qantas and Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) joint project. The fully compliant AIXM navigational database is sourced from Frequentis.

Following additional Smart4Aviation applications round out the overall operational solution:

Smart4Aviation would be more than happy to organize a dedicated presentation for your airline about our Flight Planning Solution, other S4A’s Solutions, and our development plans for the future. Please contact us through info@smart4aviation.aero or through our contact information at www.smart4aviation.aero

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Posted: April 5, 2018,  in Press Releases & Articles

S4A’s Flight Tracking solution S4A Smart VIEW+ purchased by Air Austral

Smart4Aviation, the leading provider of innovative software solutions for airline operations is pleased to welcome Air Austral as our latest partner to join our growing portfolio of international airlines. Headquartered in the beautiful Reunion Islands, Air Austral has selected S4A’s unique Smart VIEW+ flight tracking and monitoring solution for enhanced flight operational support.

The newly acquired S4A Smart VIEW+ product will not only further enhance Air Austral’s portfolio of current S4A solutions (Briefing Solutions for Pilots) but will also significantly increase the air carriers operational awareness and daily performance. S4A Smart VIEW+ is designed to combine real-time flight visualization and aircraft situational awareness by employing interactive maps and intuitive characteristics of displaying both aeronautical and geographical information tailored for providing a comprehensive operational Flight Watch.

Thanks to S4A’s partnership with FlightRadar 24, Air Austral will receive ADS-B aircraft tracking data from Flightradar 24's world-leading terrestrial receiver network. Furthermore, S4A provides ADS-C integration to retrieve data from ACARS position reporting which ensures complete flight following coverage of each flight in the S4A Smart VIEW+ system.

S4A can also integrate with 3rd party weather data providers making this product a solution of choice for all airlines providing the most accurate and valid weather data available. Air Austral will receive weather data provided by DTN, one of the industry leaders in the delivery of weather information and supply and connectivity solutions. In addition to basic weather data, the DTN service also enables selected WX layers such as: radar and satellite weather, volcanic ashes, SIGMETs, AIRMETs, icing, lightning and much more.

I would like to express our utmost gratitude to Air Austral for making S4A Smart VIEW+ another solution of choice. For us it is the best confirmation of the good quality and reliability of our products. We are all aware how challenging the Flight Following and Flight Watch can be on a daily basis. Smart4Aviation aims to not only meet, but also exceed the airline expectations related with the smooth and effortless operation of such monitoring platforms. We are sure S4A Smart VIEW+ will make this process much easier also for Air Austral”, said Mike Lewis, President and CEO of Smart4Aviation.

"Air Austral keeps working in collaboration with Smart4Aviation and has just launched the Smart VIEW+ to ensure our Operational Control Center has the best tools to follow our aircraft fleet in flight.", said Olivier Jay, VP Flight Operations at Air Austral.
Posted: October 23, 2017,  in Press Releases & Articles

DTN Weather Partners with Smart4Aviation

Digital information services provider incorporates weather and turbulence forecasting into new S4A suite of airline operations products.

Minneapolis, (September 10, 2017) – DTN, a leading provider of information services, announced today that it is partnering with Smart4Aviation (S4A) to provide real-time aviation weather information and Eddy Dissipation Rate (EDR) turbulence forecasting in the S4A suite of products.

Smart4Aviation’s latest solutions are geared towards airline operations which will incorporate DTN Weather information and ERD turbulence forecasting. S4A Smart VIEW+ (flight tracking solution) or, S4A Smart COMM (advanced communication and alerting system) are only some of Smart4Aviation’s products which successfully combine an industry-leading technological software with reliable and accurate weather information and forecasting tools for the aviation industry.

DTN’s weather information and turbulence forecasting solutions are a great compliment to Smart4Aviation’s new suite of aviation products,” said Jon Reifschneider, senior vice president, DTN’s Weather division. “We believe it will enable the company to improve operations and help minimize risk.

DTN Weather was a natural fit for our airline operations product suite,” said Mike Lewis, President and CEO at Smart4Aviation. "We want our customers to have the best and most accurate information and DTN filled that void in our product line.”

DTN has been recognized by ForecastWatch as the industry-leader for forecast accuracy for 10 years running. The company aims to continually innovate and advance its top-rated weather and turbulence forecasts. Partnering with Smart4Aviation establishes a new generation of product and service delivery. Together, we offer industry leading flight operations software solutions designed for providing and communicating accurate weather information necessary when making critical operational and business decisions.
Posted: October 5, 2017,  in Press Releases & Articles

Already available! Read the latest interview with our CEO – Mike Lewis

Learn more about the foundations of Smart4Aviation, read about company’s strategy of development and discover the latest market trends and challenges seen from the perspective of Smart4Aviation’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Mike Lewis. Enjoy the lecture!
Posted: September 28, 2016,  in Press Releases & Articles

Smart Load - Alaska Airlines Case Study

Check out Alaska Airlines case study of Smart4Aviation's Smart LOAD (written by Brian Watson – Manager Weight and Balance at Alaska Airlines) in the recent AircraftIT eJournal and see how our W&B solution improves the loading process and much more...
Our Smart LOAD (together with integrated Smart COMM system) is the fully automated “Exception Based” Weight & Balance solution which fully automates the entire load planning, monitoring and execution process. Through the union of the Smart LOAD and Smart COMM applications, loading restrictions, irregularity handling, and direct communication are no longer challenges for any Airline.

As the system receives real-time information from the Flight Planning, Passenger Reservation, Check-in Baggage, Cargo, as well as other systems, Smart LOAD automatically performs Weight & Balance calculations which are continually recalculating throughout the loading process. Once achieved certain pre-defined milestones or thresholds the system will re-issue new fuel, loading instructions and/or final load number to the crew.

The solution will ensure the best possible Center of Gravity and the exception based functionality means that the only time that any part of loading process requires manual interaction is when one of the exception rules is broken, If no rules are broken Smart LOAD will complete the entire process from issuing estimated zero fuel weight, fuel to the supplier, loading instructions to the ramp, issue final numbers to the crew plus any other departure messages such as UCM/LDM/CPM.

Our Smart LOAD is currently used by Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, Horizon Air, Martinair and Sky Regional Airline.
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