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Meet Viasat at MRO and Flight Ops IT Conference, LHR, 2018

Let’s meet in London

Join us for some plane spotting during coffee breaks, at the MRO and Flight Ops IT Conference, beside Heathrow Airport, on 27 – 28 November, 2018.

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

Who: Meet the Viasat Flight Ops team.

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

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

Where: Park Inn by Radisson Hotel and Conference Centre, London Heathrow Airport, UK.

When: 27 – 28 November 2018. Just click here to book your slot with our team.

Take Control with AeroDocs

AeroDocs is so easy to use, it lets any airline take control of the XML editing of operational manuals, with multiple benefits, 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 IOSA compliance. We can supply the system directly, or participate in your next RFP.

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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/


Read more

Very useful beginner’s guide to planespotting from CNN:

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

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Meet Arconics at EFB Users Forum, Munich, 24-26 May 2016

Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) Users Forum and Expo

Hosted by Lufthansa Systems

Hilton Munich Park

Co-Chairman: Captain Philipp Haller, Austrian Airlines; Co-Chairman: Captain Will Ware, Southwest Airlines

Cathay Pacific selected Arconics because they are able to deliver a tailored solution in a timely manner. Arconics was able to work with our enterprise architecture and security teams to create the perfect configuration for our needs. Our initial deployment used BYOD devices across Boeing and Airbus fleets. The pilot feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.  We are now rolling out company-issued devices to crew across the airline and our subsidiaries. We have chosen AeroEFB as part of the solution for our A350 – our first paperless cockpit. Arconics software gives Flight Ops the reporting and compliance management that we need. Arconics were able to enhance the product based on our requirements. We have been delighted with Arconics and the software they have delivered to us.”

- Mark Hoey, General Manager Operations, Cathay Pacific

 

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Discover the power of AeroEFB at EFB Users Forum, Munich, 2016

Goal: The goal is to coordinate development of EFBs among airlines, airframe manufacturers, suppliers, and regulators. The forum will also identify operational and technical trends to find standardised solutions while improving EFB services. In combination with coordinated development, this will help achieve the ultimate goal of a wider range of products, harmonised regulations, expanded capabilities, and lower cost for the benefit of all.

Scope: The EFB Users Forum was chartered by its original APIM 09-009 in October, 2009. This activity provides a unified forum for airlines, system integrators, hardware and software providers, regulators, and other interested parties to present and discuss topics of interest to the EFB user community. This includes but is not limited to EFB subjects such as:

  • Regulatory changes.
  • Communication interfaces (including media, provider, connectivity).
  • Data input devices, terminals, displays, and interactive devices.
  • Hardware and software development.
  • Electrical interfaces and power supply.
  • Operational issues.

EFB-benefits-AeroEFB-Arconics.pngThe EFB Users Forum is not intended to create new standards. However, when such needs are recognised, they are referred to the EFB Subcommittee or ARINC Industry Activities staff for action.

Arconics will exhibit our AeroEFB electronic flight bag software at the EFB Users Forum and Expo, and it would be great to meet up and show you why our EFB viewer is considered best-in-class by airline pilots all over the world. The AeroEFB viewer was the world’s first native EFB viewer for iPad and its design has been led by the pilot user experience. We will be unveiling our native Windows Surface EFB viewer at the forum, so you can be among the very first to experience this exciting innovation.

Among the many benefits of Arconics AeroEFB

AeroEFB is a modular solution, which can integrate easily and efficiently with any other element of your IT structure. Our Electronic Flight Bag takes flexibility to new heights, offering a robust central control and viewing experience, with complete freedom in the choice of modules.

AeroEFB can be integrated with aircraft data systems and ground control using Arinc protocols, enabling dynamic updates and reporting. AeroEFB delivers FCBP (Flight Crew Briefing Packs) to crew devices. The system captures flight-related data from the crew during flight and returns the data to the ground systems in XML format. Our software provides the secure management and controlled distribution of briefing items such as OFPs (Operational Flight Plans), NOTAMs, Weather and Flight Logs.

AeroEFB electronic flight bag software delivers on the promise of digital and the benefits of the paperless cockpit, giving pilots the world’s most effective tools and the best possible flight experience. AeroEFB is the market-leading solution for delivery of FCOMs, ops manuals and documents into the paperless cockpits of nextgen aircraft such as the A350 and the B787.

Why not request a demo of Arconics AeroEFB?

We can organise a web demo for a time that’s convenient for you. Or, if you’d prefer to meet the the EFB Users Forum, let us know and we’ll save a slot for you – just click here.


Useful links

AeroEFB info: https://www.arconics.com/efb-eff-aerodocs/

APIM 09-009B: EFB Users Forum (pdf, 38K)

EFB Users Forum Procedure Guide (pdf, 34K)

EFB Users Forum Presentation Guide (pdf, 175K)


 

 

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IATA AGM – Dublin 2016

Dublin’s RDS hosts the IATA AGM, 1 – 3 June 2016

800px-RDS_Dublin_2008_-_main_entrance.jpgThe IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit is the world’s largest gathering of airline leaders. This event is expected to attract almost 800 attendees including CEOs from 85 airlines, as well as high level executives from OEMs, airports, governments, ANSPs, IT providers and other stakeholders.

In 2016, the 72nd AGM will be hosted by Aer Lingus – celebrating 80 years since its first commercial flight – and will take place in Europe’s most amazing, welcoming city. Dublin is now staking a claim to being the world’s leading software development hub. Air transportation plays a vital role in the social and economic life of Ireland and the we have a proud history of contribution to the development of aviation, including the creation of aircraft leasing and the low cost model. The IATA AGM and World Air Transport Summit is a unique opportunity for the industry’s top chief executives and leaders to discuss policy and share their views on civil aviation. Unfortunately, this event is not open to the public and is by invitation only, so stay tuned to Arconics social media and blog for full reports.

What is IATA?

IATA-logo.pngIATA is the International Air Transport Association, a trade association of the world’s airlines. Consisting of around 260 airlines, primarily major carriers, representing 117 countries, the IATA’s member airlines account for carrying approximately 83% of total Available Seat Kilometers air traffic. IATA supports airline activity and helps formulate industry policy and standards. It is headquartered in Montreal, Canada with Executive Offices in Geneva, Switzerland.

Safety is the number one priority for IATA. The main instrument for safety is the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA). IOSA has also been mandated at the state level by several countries. In 2012, aviation posted its safest year ever. The global Western-built jet accident rate (measured in hull losses per million flights of Western-built jets) was 0.20, the equivalent of one accident every 5 million flights. Future Richard_Quest_2014.jpgimprovements will be founded on data sharing with a database fed by a multitude of sources and housed by the Global Safety Information Center. In June 2014 the IATA set up a special panel to study measures to track aircraft in flight in real time.

The IOSA certification audit is an internationally-recognised and accepted evaluation system designed to assess the operational management and control systems of an airline. IOSA uses internationally-recognised audit principles and is designed to conduct audits in a standardised and consistent manner. Airlines are re-evaluated every two years. Registering for IOSA certification and auditing is not mandatory, so an airline that does not have IOSA certification may have either failed the IOSA audit or simply chosen not to participate. Small, regional airlines generally don’t do the IOSA audit primarily because of the cost to have the audit conducted and then to implement the likely required changes.

Paperless Cockpit and Carbon Emission Reduction

IATA members and all industry stakeholders have agreed to three sequential environmental goals:

  1. An average improvement in fuel efficiency of 1.5% a year from 2009 through 2020.
  2. A cap on net carbon emissions from aviation from 2020 (carbon-neutral growth).
  3. A 50% reduction in net aviation carbon emissions by 2050 relative to 2005 levels.

At the 69th IATA annual general meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, members overwhelmingly endorsed a resolution on “Implementation of the Aviation Carbon-Neutral Growth (CNG2020) Strategy.”

Meet Arconics in Dublin Around IATA AGM 2016

Richard Quest, CNN’s resident AvGeek and business correspondent, is expected to attend the AGM. Arconics invites Richard, the world’s aviation media, and all airline CEOs, to meet us for an insider tour of Dublin. Arconics HQ is in Silicon Docks, just down the road from the RDS, and we’d be delighted to show you the sights of this amazing and vibrant city. Dublin is a world-leading software development hub, with a rich aviation heritage. We’d love the opportunity to share our thought leadership in software and aviation.

Just click here to get in touch or to request more info on Dublin, host city for IATA AGM 2016.

Call us on +353 1 611 4625. Welcome to Dublin!


Find out more

Learn more about Arconics airline software: https://www.arconics.com

IATA AGM: http://www.iata.org/events/agm/2016/pages/index.aspx

Learn more about IATA: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Air_Transport_Association


Image credits

RDS main entrance – by Culnacreann, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4552513

Richard Quest – by AIB (Association for International Broadcasting) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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Santa Claus Selects Aerodocs EFB by Viasat

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We recently got a call on our special red phone from the North Pole’s most famous aviator – Santa Claus. After much ho-ho-ho-ing, he told us that he’d done some research and felt the need for an Electronic Flight Bag. Surely an EFB would free up lots of space for presents on the sleigh, instead of lugging around the complete 24 volume set of sleigh OEM operating manuals? And couldn’t custom forms be used to ensure that every child gets what they requested? And doesn’t he need fast access to notices from the North Pole ATC tower, and NOTAMs so he knows everything that’s going on in the sky, and flight plans so he never loses track of progress? We agreed. So the Viasat design elves got to work…

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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. Luckily, Aerodocs EFB weather is updated dynamically whenever Santa gets within range of wifi. Santa’s told us that his wishlist for 2016 includes adding full connectivity to his sleigh, so we’ll be implementing that for him.

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.

Let us know if we can help you to deliver a genuinely paperless cockpit across your fleet in 2016. Aerodocs EFB means that there’s no need for elves or Santa’s magic to help your flight crew perform more efficiently!

The Viasat crew would like to wish you, your family and your colleagues a Happy Holiday season and best wishes for a great 2019.

 

Updated, 19 December 2019.