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The benefits of taking control of your airline documents with Viasat Aerodocs

Take Control – reduce outsourcing risks

At Viasat, we believe that our in-flight connectivity must offer value, drive positive impacts, and enable and optimize opportunities for airlines. Viasat Aerodocs benefits from IFC, with the ability to deliver operations manual updates to pilots while in-flight, but it also has core benefits applicable to all fleet types, including those that are currently pre-connected.

We place a lot of focus on learning from our airline partners about how they benefit from their deployment of Viasat Aerodocs. This feedback helps our product teams to make Aerodocs even better and our professional services teams to get to the heart of the problem quickly when planning a new deployment.

Outsourced document management issues

What we’ve learned is that there are recurring issues around outsourced document management services, which can be resolved by Aerodocs. These problems include:

  • Revision service takes a long time due to quality management issues and time difference;
  • Training in XML coding (Extensible Markup Language, which defines a set of rules for encoding documents in a format that is both human-readable and machine-readable) or FODM (Flight Ops Data Management, the Airbus XML format) is required if an airline needs to edit the documents directly;
  • System limitations sometimes drive departments (often dispersed, with multiple AOCs) to create their own alternative repositories. This defeats the goal of having a centralized document control system/repository. Recurring difficulties in creating repositories for big volumes and sub-folders.
  • Systems are unable to automatically assign roles to users, so users are unable to access the site. Roles have to be assigned manually for the users to be able to see the manuals and access rights can be difficult to manage.

The Viasat Aerodocs solution

Viasat Aerodocs is the end-to-end document management system for aviation. Built around airline needs, designed for ease-of-use, and scalable to any sized air operation, it’s a future-proof, cost-cutting system that solves real problems in a measurable way.

Compliance assurance

Best-in-class system for complete control of the document lifecycle. AeroDocs manages the editing, revision, distribution and tracking of operational and OEM manuals, in an easy-to-use interface that delivers the power of XML, but without the hassles. The regulator can be integrated into approval workflows, boosting their confidence in your operation.

Fuel savings

For airlines that have decided to deploy the paperless cockpit, AeroDocs has a real and measurable impact on weight carried (every hour, every sector), cutting fuel costs and GHG emissions. We can help you to calculate the fuel savings that AeroDocs can deliver, with a positive impact on CASK.

Labor efficiencies

The document revision process is simpler and less time-consuming. Your technical publications department will require less human resources, allowing you to redeploy staff to where they’re needed most.

Among the benefits delivered by Viasat Aerodocs:

  • Facilitates standardization of document appearance and content across all AOCs;
  • Improves controlled distribution and tracking of documents and management of records;
  • Improves tracking and monitoring of document control processes as well as ensuring compliance with document control requirements;
  • Reduces cycle time to develop a document, ensuring documents are updated in a timely manner;
  • Improves document distribution process to ensure the right documents are easily accessible by the right people, at the right time.

Let us solve your compliance, document control, and regulator confidence problems. Request a FREE consultation with our document compliance experts today.

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Can you afford not to take control of your airline and OEM manuals?

Can you afford not to take control of your airline and OEM manuals?

As an Air Operator, you face ever-evolving regulations, increased security threats and unpredictable industry changes. At Viasat, we understand that, in order to:

  1. Remain compliant,
  2. React quickly to external events, and
  3. Gain competitive advantage,

you need as much control as possible over your airline. That’s why we created Aerodocs, the only document management system that gives you complete control over your airline documentation. Aerodocs is a breakthrough technology that allows you to edit, distribute, control and track all of your aviation documents in real-time. We’re already delivering remarkable benefits to some of the world’s most effective, profitable and best-loved airlines, including SpiceJet, Qatar Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines and Aer Lingus.
Why outsource, when there are so many real benefits to controlling your documents in-house:

  • Restrict document access to your own teams, who you know and trust.
  • Distribute and track in real-time to ensure the right people get the right documents at the right time.
  • React quickly and intelligently to external events, evolving regulations and market demands.
  • With Aerodocs, you can control your documents in-house, and also control your costs, with a demonstrable ROI.

Control

document-security-1.pngAvoid the risks, delays and costs associated with outsourcing and gain multiple benefits by controlling your Operations Manuals in-house.

Control your processes using customised, fully-auditable workflows. Enable multiple levels of access and privileges across your workforce and see exactly who has received, viewed and accepted revisions.

  • Security – Complete control over who can access at each stage.
  • Consistency – Document styles and content stay consistent.
  • Auditability – End-to-end visibility, tracking and reporting.

Comply

icon_SM_compliance (1).pngRegulatory compliance gets more rigorous every day. Failure to comply can result in an airline being grounded. Aerodocs embraces the potential of working in partnership with the regulator.

The regulator is integrated into manual review and approval processes, and manuals link to regulations, alerting users whenever a revision has been issued.

  • Connect with Regulator – Bring your national regulator into the process.
  • Visible Compliance – Link your documents directly to the regulations.
  • Simplify Audits – Save hundreds of hours every audit cycle.

Collaborate

collaborate.pngWe work better when we work together. Aerodocs brings this simple truth to new heights of efficiency and security. Content reuse means never having to type the same thing twice.

AeroDocs has a powerful backend, delivering the benefits of XML with an easy-to-use interface that will have your teams collaborating quickly. Cut costs and be more responsive.

  • Insight – Harness the knowledge of all your people.
  • Agility – Respond faster and smarter to a changing environment.
  • Efficiency – Reduce costs and effort across the organization.

It’s time to take control. It’s time for Aerodocs.

Request an Aerodocs demo today.

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EFB Users Forum, Madrid, Nov 2019 – Full report

At the EFB Users Forum, airline pilots welcome the Electronic Flight Bag benefits delivered by Viasat Aerodocs

Since the launch of Apple’s iPad in 2010, pilots around the world have been shifting from carrying heavy bags of paper manuals and charts to using tablet-based Electronic Flight Bags (EFB). EFBs deliver multiple benefits to pilots, including ease of handling, faster search and a growing selection of pilot-specific apps to solve problems from real-time weather forecasting to route optimization. Viasat is at the forefront of EFB development, leading with the Aerodocs document viewer app.

A regular gathering highlighting the latest EFB products and trends was held in Madrid in November 2019. At the EFB Users Forum, the Viasat Flight Ops team was there to demo Aerodocs, the future of intelligent information in aviation, and to learn more about how we can best optimize data to benefit flight crews and airline operations. The event is attended by airline pilots, flight ops and EFB managers.

Key topics at the Madrid event included the transition to digital, the evolution of digital PDF to XML (eXtensible Markup Language – the next generation of smart, structured documents), and the environmental benefits of EFB in eliminating paper, reducing aircraft weight, and the use of real-time data insights to reduce fuel burn and cut CO2 emissions.

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Kevin Adamson, Viasat Commercial Aviation, at the EFB Users Forum, Madrid, 2019.

Digital transformation as enabled by EFB

The Electronic Flight Bag replaces up to 40kg (88 lbs) of paper manuals with a personal electronic device, such as an Apple iPad. Many airlines have yet to go paperless, or are still at the early stage of transition to digital. Among the key benefits of switching from paper to digital EFB, as reported by airlines at the event, are:

  • Weight savings
  • Elimination of paper logistics
  • Improvements in performance by cutting engine wear and fuel consumption
  • Increased safety, with fewer errors or missing documents
  • Real-time weather updates and flight optimization

The EFB Users Forum made clear that it’s only a matter of time before every air operation embraces the EFB, with the multiple benefits that it can deliver.

A new app from Viasat

Viasat unveiled its new native iOS Viewer app for pilot iPad EFBs at the event. Senior pilots from many major airlines took the app for a test flight and were able to intuitively find, arrange and search manuals.

The feedback we received focused on three key benefits that the app delivers:

  • Faster, more responsive search on the flight deck
  • Bookmarks and annotations persist – stored on the server, not the device
  • Pilots can arrange documents in custom groups so that fast access to the right information at the right time becomes second nature.
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A look at the Visasat Aerodocs Electronic Flight Bag as seen on an iPad.

Evolving from ‘dumb’ PDF to smart XML digital documents

PDFs served pilots well as the first step in the digitization of airline and OEM (aircraft manufacturer) manuals.

But the limitations of PDFs become apparent when the enhanced functionalities of XML documents are considered:

  • Vastly improved search, through use of metadata
  • Persistent annotations and bookmarks
  • Cross-linking between documents
  • Multiple documents open at the same time
  • Gather documents into workspaces for faster access and search

Connected flight deck data and CO2 reduction

With commercial aviation facing imminent, mandatory emissions-reduction targets, fuel savings are key. Reducing fuel burn not only helps to ensure a healthy bottom line, but it also reduces CO2 emissions. By connecting the EFB to the aircraft via an AID – Aircraft Interface Device – and then enabling connectivity with an IFC network (such as Viasat’s), the connected aircraft becomes a reality.

Benefits of connected EFB:

  • Flight Ops updates
  • Documentation updates
  • Weather updates
  • 4D route optimization. This benefit can have a measurable impact on fuel burn and CO2 emissions.

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    Presenting on the benefits of Electronic Flight Bag at EFB Users Forum, Madrid, 2019. (L to R) Peter Grau, ARINC; Captain Will Ware, Southwest Airlines; Henri Lonn, EFB Manager, Finnair.

Presentations by Qantas, Southwest, Finnair

Dave Summergreene, B787 First Officer at Qantas, gave an engaging presentation on the airline’s dashboarding of data – FlightPulse by GE. This gives pilots access to useful data so that they can optimize flights and reduce fuel burn. Pilots want to see data, so this app surfaces data, but in a way that enables actionable insights.

According to GE:

  • $11 billion is overspent on fuel each year, equating to 5% of total industry cost.
  • Airlines need to engage pilots so as to retain them, with 554,000 new pilots needed by 2037.
  • There are 45 FDM (flight data monitoring) events for every 1,000 flights, e.g. hard landing.

Data security and trust are very important, so Qantas made it clear to pilots that their data would never be used against them. Pilots can now see their individual performance and also how that compares to the collective performance. 35% of Qantas pilots are now using the app; 5.71 million kg of emissions has been avoided. Pilots are now analyzing data and closing the loop. As Summergreene put it: “What good is data on servers if you can’t give it to the people who’d make use of it?”

Qantas wants to set pilots up for success. FlightPulse was designed by pilots, for pilots, and its use of data falls under “Just Culture” (defined as a culture in which front-line operators and others are not punished for actions, omissions or decisions taken by them that are commensurate with their experience and training).

Southwest did a joint presentation with Lextech on a Flight Attendant EFB backup. In the US, each flight attendant is required to carry their own set of manuals. The airline uses the iPad Mini and had a problem whenever a flight attendant forgot to bring their company-issued device to work (they would have to print out 750 pages to carry onboard).

The new system allows the attendant to download the required manuals onto their personal device, with one-time use and built-in expiry, ensuring that outdated content cannot be referenced at a later date. Delta commented that their EFB devices carry a mini set of documents for all aircraft types so they can be loaned.

Henri Lonn, EFB Manager at Finnair, presented on the business case for EFB:

  • Weight savings
  • Paper logistics eliminated
  • Performance: engine wear/fuel
  • Safety: fewer errors, missing documents
  • Real-time weather updates, flight optimization

Lonn also disclosed a useful rule of thumb for weight savings: Fuel burn saving is 3% of saved weight per flight hour.

The Viasat advantage in EFB and Connected Flight Deck

Viasat Aerodocs not only manages the controlled distribution and viewing of PDFs to pilot EFB devices, but it also delivers advanced XML editing functionality to flight operations. XML document creation and editing used to be a complex process with a steep learning curve for manual owners. Viasat’s focus on the user experience, and our design thinking philosophy, means that the Aerodocs XML editor is intuitive, easy-to-use and less prone to operator errors.

Rethink flight ops

In conjunction with the Viasat Connected Flight Deck, pilots can now receive manual updates in real-time, and send feedback to manual owners in-flight, with the confidence delivered by Viasat’s network security. Our partnerships with aircraft interface device manufacturers enable multiple benefits for airlines, including real-time weather updates and live aircraft data streaming to the ground. Our holistic approach ensures that airlines can achieve maximum benefits in pilot experience, and also flight optimization with fuel savings and reductions in CO2 emissions, with our range of apps which are optimized for our satellite network.

Learn more about Viasat Aerodocs

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Meet ViaSat at MRO and Flight Ops IT Conference, Bangkok

Meet the ViaSat crew in Bangkok, Thailand, for the MRO and Flight Ops IT Conference, Amari Watergate hotel, 10 – 11 October, 2017.

Are you aware of ViaSat and how we are revolutionising the aviation industry’s digital documents?

#TakeControl – Aviation document management revolution

AeroDocs is so easy to use, it lets any airline take control of the XML editing of operational manuals, with quick wins, including:

  • Compliance module – link to regulations for fast reference and get update notifications.
  • Content re-use – save time and stress by confidently re-using existing content.
  • Process control – custom workflows to suit your operations.
  • Document lifecycle – full visibility and control of your documents.
  • Collaboration – many hands make light work and we make collaboration easy.
  • Auditing – generate custom reports for auditors, save time and stress.
  • Continuous updating – update your manuals in minutes for a more responsive operation.
  • High quality, reliable and secure – used by leading airlines.

We would appreciate the opportunity to present AeroDocs to you and your team, to tell you more about the measurable benefits that are delivered by taking control. We can also show how AeroDocs can help ensure 100% audit compliance. We want to be involved in your next document management project or RFP.

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We’d love the opportunity to meet you in BKK, so just click here and let us know when you’d like to connect up…

Who: Meet the ViaSat team.

What: AeroDocs, aviation’s document management system and our modular EFB system.

Why: The ViaSat Flight Path to the Connected Aircraft allows airlines to deploy our flight ops systems quickly, then add wireless IFE and in-flight internet later, using the same cabin network.

Where: Bangkok, Thailand.

When: 10 – 11 October 2017.


Learn more

AeroDocs, aviation’s document management system.

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Meet ViaSat at FTE Dublin, 26 – 27 June 2017

Ireland is such a buzzing aviation hub with a rich history of milestones in flight, it’s no surprise that we’re hosting all the key events these days. The Future Travel Experience comes to the RDS, Dublin, on 26 – 27 June 2017, and ViaSat Ireland will be exhibiting. We’d love to meet you at the show, to learn about your projects in in-flight internet and wireless IFE, and to show you how our Flight Path to the Connected Aircraft can take any fleet from zero connectivity to IFC hero as schedules demand and budgets allow.

ViaSat-2 Changes Everything for In-flight Internet

viasat-2-launch.jpegWe’ve just launched ViaSat-2, the highest-capacity internet satellite ever built (we’re in the Guinness Book of Records!). When operational in Q1, 2018, ViaSat-2 will deliver 300Gbps internet connectivity across North America, Central America, the Caribbean, parts of South America and, crucially, transAtlantic air routes. We’ll soon deliver the REAL internet to airline passengers flying across the Atlantic, while also offering a range of connected services to airlines, in onboard entertainment and flight operations. ViaSat in-flight internet is recognised by RouteHappy as the Best Wi-Fi in the Sky.

ViaSat Full Stack for Best IFC and IFE Services

The ViaSat vertical integrated stack – we have the complete hardware and software stack to ensure highest quality of service is delivered from end to end – from satellite, to cabin and on the ground. Our connected aircraft platform enables airlines to deploy and manage applications easily in the cockpit, in the cabin, and on passenger systems. And we have an award-winning range of applications (our W-IFE was recently voted ‘Best Product’ for ancillary merchandising)

It would be great to meet up with you at FTE to learn about your IFC (In-Flight Connectivity) and IFE (In-Flight Entertainment) needs. We’re at booth E11, so just drop by or click on the orange button to arrange a time in advance, on Monday or Tuesday, June 26 – 27. It would also be super if we could take you out and show you Dublin city as only we locals know it!

Lions-Den-winner-2017-1.jpgViaSat Wireless IFE – Award Winner

Our wireless IFE product recently won the award for Best Product, in the Lions’ Den at the 11th Annual Ancillaries Merchandising Conference in Palma (as voted by five airline ancillary execs), and we’ll be delighted to show you why it’s so awesome. Meet us at FTE Dublin for a demo of how ViaSat W-IFE delivers great passenger experience, while generating ancillary revenues quickly and easily. Our wireless IFE quickly turns a cost centre into a revenue centre, with a very short time-to-value.

Our integration teams can deploy ViaSat wireless IFE system in record time with multiple options available to suit your fleet, including:

  • Replacement of existing, under performing software,
  • Portable servers for ultra-fast activation and quick wins,
  • Our own high end, installed servers for the very best internet and IFE experiences.

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Are you visiting Dublin for the first time to attend FTE? Let’s connect up!

Welcome to our home town, we know that you’ll have an awesome time here! Check out our handy guide to the best that Dublin has to offer: Free Dublin Guide.


Learn more

Learn more about our wireless IFE here.

Download our Tigerair Australia case study here.

Request a meeting at FTE Dublin here.

Watch the ViaSat-2 launch here.

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A Dubliner’s View on Visiting the Carlsbad Campus

The Dublin sales and marketing team had a very successful week of meetings, workshops and strategic planning sessions at ViaSat Inc.’s corporate headquarters in Carlsbad, California last week. All eyes are on AIX 2017 (Hamburg, Germany, 4 – 6 April 2017), as a platform to tell the aviation world the compelling story of how ViaSat in-flight internet and onboard entertainment enables the accelerating trend towards personal device entertainment and complements our suite of operational apps.

More value for airlines

San-Diego-airport-Southwest.jpgThis is a big story, as you can tell. Luckily, the acquisition of Arconics by ViaSat brings together a wide selection of great people, skills and resources, plus a unified vision that helps bring us closer every day. The vision is all about delivering the best possible value to our customers and enabling the world’s greatest airlines to resolve a wide variety of challenges with in-flight internet, wireless IFE and operational apps.

ViaSat and Southern California

We flew to San Diego with Aer Lingus and United. The ViaSat campus is in Carlsbad, just a short drive north of San Diego, in a beautiful setting between the hills and the Pacific. We spent a lot of time with our colleagues in the Commercial Mobility, Aviation building, conveniently located next to Palomar Airport, so there’s
never a dull moment, with private jets and small aircraft flying by every few minutes. The team there is so welcoming, we felt right at home in seconds. Having a slide in the office to travel between floors helps too!

Over in the main building (one of over a dozen buildings on campus, with more in planning), we got to do some great work with the design team and met with really interesting people from many sections of the company. ViaSat’s ethos, and its focus on looking after its people, was evident in the details, from the rock music
playing from speakers on the palm tree-lined routes between buildings (we heard Thin Lizzy and U2 in the mix), to the on-tap orange juice and fresh-brewed coffee, to the incredible Hub, a place for ViaSat team members to connect, eat and relax in the sun. And the sun? We’d timed our visit well because, after having endured some days of rain and grey, our Californian friends brought the SoCal sun back for us. And it was just perfect.

Connecting apps and in-flight internet to deliver awesomeness

Aer-Lingus-San-Francisco-Arconics-ViaSat-Gary-Byrnes.jpgWe made super progress in planning how best we can work together over the coming years, to tell our incredible story to the airline industry. Watch this space (or sign up for our newsletter here) and we’ll keep you posted on the many awesome developments that are in the pipeline. And if I was to sum up California and ViaSat in one word, it would be that: Awesome.

Working on getting back to see the team at Carlsbad already…


Let’s meet!

Learn more about our portfolio of operational apps, wireless IFE and in-flight internet for airlines.

Let’s meet at AIX 2017…


Learn more:
AeroDocs, the Safety and Compliance Document Management System for Aviation: https://www.arconics.com/safety-compliance-document-management-aerodocs/

Modular electronic flight bag system: https://www.arconics.com/efb-eff-aerodocs/

Wireless IFE product info: https://www.arconics.com/wireless-ife-cloudstore/

Cabin Management app info: https://www.arconics.com/airline-cabin-management-paxapp/


Image credits

All pics by Arconics crew.

Gary from the Arconics crew outside Building 1.

Southwest B737 coming in to land at San Diego airport (SAN).

View of Golden Gate Bridge, departing SFO on Aer Lingus A330.

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Meet Arconics at AIX 2017 – Stand 2B30, IFEC Zone, Hall B2

AIX is the world’s most extensive aircraft interiors event, and we will showcase our latest innovations in in-flight connectivity (IFC) and in-flight entertainment (IFE). Arconics will have a strong presence at AIX 2017, along with our colleagues from ViaSat, and we will display our full suite of connected apps for aviation, from high-capacity satellite connectivity for W-IFE to the world-leading AeroDocs safety and compliance document management system for airlines.

Let’s meet in Hamburg at AIX 2017. Just click here, or on the orange button, and tell us when suits to meet at stand 2B30. We are also attending the Passenger Experience Conference (PEC) immediately before AIX, so we’re available across the week, at any time that works for you and your team.

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Passenger Experience Conference – Monday, 3 April, 2017.

AIX Day One – Tuesday, 4 April, 2017.

AIX Day Two – Wednesday, 5 April, 2017.

AIX Day Three – Thursday, 6 April, 2017.


Learn more about our products before AIX 2017:

Arconics Aircraft Software Platform: https://www.arconics.com/aircraft-software-platform-arconics/

AeroDocs, the Safety and Compliance Document Management System for Aviation: https://www.arconics.com/safety-compliance-document-management-aerodocs/

AeroEFB, the modular electronic flight bag solution: https://www.arconics.com/efb-eff-aerodocs/

CloudStore Wireless IFE product info: https://www.arconics.com/wireless-ife-cloudstore/

PaxApp Cabin Management app info: https://www.arconics.com/airline-cabin-management-paxapp/

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Sleigh Connectivity Delivered to Santa Claus by ViaSat

Learn more: Santa Claus selects ViaSat sleigh connectivity

We just got a call on our red phone from the North Pole’s most famous aviator – Santa Claus. After much ho-ho-ho-ing, he told us that he’s done the research, accepts that the future will be connected, and feels the need for immediate sleigh connectivity. Surely it would make sense for the electronic flight bag on the sleigh (our AeroEFB product, which Santa selected last year) to integrate with sleigh data and then send it back to North Pole base in real-time? We agreed. So the Arconics integration elves got to work…

We’re so proud that our most famous EFB customer came back to us to take the next step to satellite connectivity! Now that Arconics is part of ViaSat, we can offer a fully-connected aviation app suite, with connectivity across the sleigh (including the SID, Sleigh Interface Device), into the EFB and with direct data links back to base.

Santa connects to the ViaSat satellite network so that he can catch up on his favourite non-linear TV shows and movies on the long flight legs across the wilderness. He can also stay connected to his base in North Pole for any naughty/nice updates and even feed data from his sleigh back to the elves in Flight Ops so they know where he is and how the sleigh is performing. The Flight Ops elves can also send weather updates in real-time. Santa’s connected! It’s kind of magical!

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Santa’s EFB

Sleigh – Manuals/Minimum Equipment List

What would Santa do if Rudolph’s red nose stopped working? Luckily, the Sleigh’s full suite of operating manuals (OEM and elf-produced), including MEL tells him exactly how to react.

Santa’s MEL outlines all the necessary equipment he need for a successful Christmas Eve, including:

  • Reindeer X 8 (Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen).
  • Rudolph X 1 – essential for his integrated anti-collision light system.
  • Back-up anti-collision light systems.
  • Back-up back-up anti-collision lights.
  • Bells, to make those cute jingly bell sounds.
  • Magic power source.

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Santa’s EFB

Sleigh – Charts

We tried to do the math about how fast Santa needs to travel, including all those tricky take-offs and landings, so he can make every delivery across racing time zones. But our heads started to hurt.

With handy charts on his EFB, Santa knows that he’ll have the best chance possible of maximising his efficiency on Christmas Eve. Santa’s charts include:

  • North Pole take-off runway, with reindeer zones and Aurora zone well-marked. This is especially useful on the return leg, as Santa will be fairly exhausted by sunrise on Christmas Day.
  • Toilet rest stop locations, because all those little drinks and snacks soon add up.
  • Fresh carrot patches in the southern hemisphere so the reindeer can stay at maximum performance.

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Santa’s EFF

Sleigh – Weather/Flight Plans

It’s critical that Santa has his finger on the pulse with a clear view of weather activity all around the globe. He’ll be taking off from an area where temperatures can get down to -9C/15F, with snowstorms a daily occurrence. Last Christmas (Hi George!), AeroDocs EFB weather was updated dynamically whenever Santa he got within range of wifi. This year, with full satellite connectivity to his sleigh, weather updates can be constantly updated, wherever on the planet he may be.

Along with weather, Santa’s Electronic Flight Folder – EFF – includes Flight Plans so that Santa has his routes optimised.

Santa needs to access multiple weather resources, including:

  •  Jet stream location. Avoid this when travelling west.
  • Blizzards, so he doesn’t miss a single chimney.
  • Black ice, because slippery landings may cause toy loss.

We’ve been revamping our EFB, in response to Santa’s data demands and customer needs, and are delighted to bring it to market for 2017. You can check out our AeroDocs EFB page, request a demo or download our Aer Lingus case study here: https://www.arconics.com/efb-eff-aerodocs/

Discover our full app suite here: https://www.arconics.com/arconics-apps-product-suite/

Let us know if we can help you to deliver a genuinely paperless cockpit, data EFB, wireless IFE, cabin management and full satcom connectivity across your fleet in 2017. Arconics connectivity solutions mean that there’s no need for elves or Santa’s magic to help everyone in your airline perform more efficiently and to keep your passengers coming back again and again!

The Arconics crew would like to wish you, your family and your colleagues a Happy Holiday season and best wishes for a great new year. We look forward to staying in touch in 2017.

 


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Qatar Airways Goes Live with AeroDocs Documentation Management by Arconics

Airline introduces fully-integrated web-based hosting of policies and manuals for real-time access and authoring

Qatar Airways and subsidiary companies all using live web documentation management

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

21 November 2016

DUBLIN, Ireland

The Qatar Airways Group has gone ‘live’ with a state-of-the-art documentation management system to enable the airline and its subsidiaries to host and share corporate manuals and policies with staff in real-time.

Qatar Airways has implemented AeroDocs software from Arconics, a ViaSat company, to provide a single centralised repository to revise and track all operational and non-operational company manuals and documentation for operational readiness. The ability to create, author, edit and mark all changes in a visible manner over the web enables team members to easily keep abreast of, and be alerted to, relevant procedural modifications as and when they happen.

A350-Qatar-Airways-Arconics-AeroDocs-6.jpgFrom a safety and security standpoint, the carrier has been pro-active in following an IOSA recommendation to have documentation managed under “a centralised corporate scheme of document hierarchy”. The system provides the tools necessary to establish a routine regulatory compliance programme.

Qatar Airways administrators now have real-time visibility of a highly efficient distribution process, which ensures that various outputs such as web browsers, laptops and electronic flight bags, are simultaneously synchronised and all staff have access to the current version of documents. Arconics has integrated AeroDocs into existing Qatar Airways Group systems to minimise the operational overhead, and ensure accuracy of information and consistency across all systems.

Qatar Airways Senior Vice President, Group Safety and Security, Mr. Ashish Jain remarked: “With Qatar Airways’ exponential growth, we invest in technology that will integrate our teams and create efficient platforms that cut across time zones and barriers. With this live corporate documentation management system, the web-based functionality created especially for Qatar Airways, allows us to maintain consistency, regulatory compliance and quality control in a manner that is in line with our business growth plans.”

Furthermore, the system allows authors to collaborate more easily with best-in-class web-based editing functionality and document owners and regulators can manage and approve new revisions seamlessly. With the AeroDocs system, corporate policies and manuals can be viewed from mobile devices and configured for defined user groups too.

qatar-airways-2.jpgThe accessibility of the web-based hosting system allows Qatar Airways to equip its staff with regular updates and ease of access to review essential corporate manuals and provides the tools to establish a routine regulatory compliance programme. Qatar Airways employees will be further trained on the system via an innovative digital learning module blended with brief instructor led workshops.

Arconics Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Niall O’Sullivan remarked: “Success in safety and compliance depends on shared knowledge that is communicated via an airline’s documentation. By enabling subject matter experts to collaborate more effectively and providing real-time tracking and management of the publication and distribution process, we strengthen safety and compliance across the enterprise.

“One of the most satisfying elements of this successful deployment of AeroDocs has been the high level of collaboration between the Qatar Airways project team and the project managers and developers at Arconics. By working closely together, we have built a system that will keep Qatar Airways at the leading edge of safety and compliance for many years to come.”

AeroDocs, the safety and compliance document management system for aviation is now available for deployment to airlines worldwide. AeroDocs will be demonstrated at the 10th Annual Flight Ops Conference, LHR, 29-30 November 2016.

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For further information, please contact:

Gary Byrnes, Arconics, a ViaSat company

T: +353 1 611 4625

E: gary.j.byrnes@arconics.com

W: www.arconics.com

Notes to Editors

About Arconics

Arconics, a ViaSat company, is a provider of enterprise software and mobile applications for aircraft operators. The Company’s mission is to help operators reduce costs, improve efficiency and ensure compliance with regulatory obligations. The Company’s products include the market-leading AeroDocs platform for document management. AeroEFB electronic flight bag (EFB), CloudStore, a wireless in-flight entertainment (IFE) platform and PaxApp, a cabin management solution.  The Arconics connected aircraft software platform connects flight crew, cabin crew and passenger devices, delivers easy access to aircraft data, makes app deployment much faster and easier, and enables real-time data-sharing with flight operations via a satellite communications link. Arconics, registered as Aerodocs Limited, is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland.

AeroDocs product info: https://www.arconics.com/safety-compliance-document-management-aerodocs/

For graphics resources, company profile and more, visit the Arconics press centre: https://www.arconics.com/media-kit/

About Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, is one of the fastest growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world. Now in its 19th year of operations, Qatar Airways has a modern fleet of 191 aircraft flying to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations across six continents.

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was awarded World’s Best Business Class; Best Business Class Airline Lounge and Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East at the prestigious 2016 World Airline Awards managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax.

Qatar Airways is a member of the oneworld global alliance. The award-winning alliance was named the World’s Best Airline Alliance 2015 by Skytrax for the third year running. Qatar Airways was the first Gulf carrier to join global airline alliance, oneworld, enabling its passengers to benefit from more than 1,000 airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,250 daily departures.

Oryx One, Qatar Airways’ inflight entertainment system offers passengers up to 3,000 entertainment options from the latest blockbuster movies, TV box sets, music, games and much more. Passengers flying on Qatar Airways flights served by its B787, A350, A380, A319 as well as select A320 and A330 aircraft can also stay in touch with their friends and family around the world by using the award-winning airline’s on-board Wi-Fi and GSM service.

Qatar Airways is one of the world’s leaders in sponsoring global sporting events, including the strategic team sponsorships of FC Barcelona and Al-Ahli Saudi Arabia FC. Qatar Airways’ strategy reflects the values of sports as a means of bringing people together, something at the core of the airline’s own brand message – Going Places Together.

Qatar Airways Cargo, the world’s third largest cargo carrier, serves more than 50 exclusive freighter destinations worldwide via its Doha hub and also delivers freight to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations globally on 191 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet now includes eight Airbus 330Fs, 11 Boeing 777 freighters and two Boeing 747 freighters.

For further information contact:

Qatar Airways Group, Corporate Communications Department

Tel: +974 4022 2200, Fax: +974 40225350

E-mail: qrmedia@qatarairways.com.qa

Visit our homepage www.qatarairways.com or our sites on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, and YouTube.

For Qatar Airways corporate images, please click here: http://www.qatarairways.com/corporateimages

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Embrace Your Inner AvGeek – How to be an Aviation Geek

AVIATION – IT’S A HEALTHY OBSESSION

Loving aviation is now such a popular hobby, it’s got an official name. If you love anything to do with planes, you’re an avgeek. The hashtag #avgeek is commonly used on Twitter to help identify stories about aviation or aircraft. But is ‘geek’ appropriate? Let’s face it, aviation is sexy, and everyone loves planes, so avgeekery is about as far from the nerdiness of trainspotting as it’s possible to get. If you always feel the urge to look up when a plane passes, wondering what kind of aircraft it is and where it’s going, the good news is that there are answers out there. You just need to forget the etymology and embrace your inner avgeek. We’ll show you how…

THE OLD SCHOOL ESSENTIALS

observers-book.jpgAir band radio scanner – So you can listen in on pilots as they chat with air traffic control.

Binoculars – Because airports will only allow you to get so close to the aircraft.

Reference books – We all remember the ubiquitous Observer’s Book of Aircraft. Publication has ceased, so pick them up in car boot sales whenever possible. Most referencing is done online these days, but there’s still a good selection of printed guides and coffee table books available.

FAVOURITE AVIATION WEBSITES

www.flightmemory.com – This neat website lets you track every flight you’ve ever made. All those air miles add up!

www.airliners.net – Photo database and forums, so you can chat with fellow avgeeks to your heart’s content!

www.flightradar24.com  – Live flight tracking (screengrab below). We love this. Identify the plane that’s flying over your head. Free desktop version is amazingly interesting and the mobile app is just so cool, you’ll want to pay for the upgrade. Did I mention how we love this?

flight-radar-24-scrn.pngwww.planefinder.net  – Another live flight tracking service, this one is chasing FlightRadar24’s crown.

www.avherald.com  – Incident and accident database.

http://notam-ireland.blogspot.ie/  – List of interesting aircraft visiting Dublin airport. Similar blogs exist for most major airports.

https://aviationvoice.com – Good news source, stories from across every aviation activity.

http://irishaviationresearchinstitute.blogspot.ie/ – Quality source for information on all things aviation, with an emphasis on Ireland.

AVGEEK NEWSLETTERS AND MAGAZINES

There’s a stack of really useful free email newsletter services, so sign up for a few and you’ll have the inside scoop in no time!

http://www.aviator.aero – Focus on airlines, daily newsletter.

https://avgeekweekly.com/ – Very avgeeky newsletter, focus on aircraft.

https://www.runwaygirlnetwork.com/ – Runway Girl delivers spot-on analysis of the passenger experience (#paxex), in-flight entertainment and cabin interiors side of aviation. Sign up for the weekly newsletter.

https://flightchic.com/ – Good blog and newsletter.

https://50skyshades.com/ – Fifty Sky Shades is a good all-round resource with a nifty, weekly newsletter.

http://info.arconics.com/offer-5 – The Connected Aircraft Newsletter from Arconics is the aviation industry’s favourite monthly newsletter about all things aviation, airline software, connectivity and the passenger experience.

http://www.airlinerworld.com – Airliner World is a very good avgeek magazine.

www.flightglobal.com – When you’re ready to turn professional avgeek, Flightglobal is the place to go. The publishers of Flight International magazine offer a comprehensive news service and – for subscribers – a searchable database of all the world’s airlines.

 http://apex.aero/newsletter – The APEX newsletter is a great source of news on aviation, with a special focus on the airline passenger experience.

AVIATION ACTIVITIES

Hang around the airport at the weekend. Dublin Airport has some superb locations for planespotting – check out the R108 around the far side of the runway (airport side of IKEA roundabout off the M50) – and every airport has a similar offering. Hanging around the departures hall is not so much fun and you could get arrested.

Travel just for the fun of it! This might sound insane but, in the olden days, flying was considered a glamorous pursuit, an end in itself. Some LCCs may have tried to remove all the sophistication and excitement from flying but avgeeks know that they will never succeed.

Book specific flights just to fly on individual aircraft.

Bore all your friends by constantly talking about aviation…

FINALLY, BUILD A CAREER IN AViATION…

Get paid and build a career out of talking about aviation! It’s easier than you might think. For starters, there’s a major, growing shortage of airline pilots and cabin crew are always in demand. Then think about the legions of men and women who work on the ground to keep the aircraft flying and the airports operational 24/7. In Ireland, we’ve
got all the world’s top aircraft leasing companies, and they’re always looking for the right talent. Then you’ve got support companies like Arconics, the world’s leading airline software provider, working with some of the world’s most successful, profitable and best-loved airlines and always looking for talent, talent that’s not afraid to be called… avgeek!

Discover avgeek job opportunities with Arconics at: https://www.arconics.com/careers/


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Very useful beginner’s guide to planespotting from CNN:

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/03/02/aviation/plane-spotting-beginners-guide/index.html