New Technology Expands Real-time Communications To And From The Cockpit

Taking the connected cockpit to new levels, newly released Sabre AirCentre® eFlight Manager enables airlines to digitize flight data, streamline procedures, connect the cockpit with operations control, save costs through recalculation and enrich post-flight analysis.

During the last decade, many airlines have replaced their heavy physical flight bags with electronic flight bags (EFBs) to reduce operating costs and increase operationtal efficiencies. Yet airlines often struggle with the next phase: a holistic EFB solution. Often, they use a variety of vendors that deliver specialized applications that are difficult to integrate with their already-existing systems and tools.

Clearly, a new approach is needed so EFB programs can adapt to current business requirements, seamlessly integrate into operational processes and grow to support an airline’s evolving business needs.

Sabre AirCentre eFlight Manager enables airlines to begin or augment their EFB program. It enables them to digitize flight data, simplify procedures, connect the cockpit with operations control, realize cost savings through recalculation (a new-to-the-industry capability) and improve post-flight analysis.

eFlight Manager fully connects the flight-planning environment at the ground with mobile devices (such as Windows and iOS tablets) in the cockpit through a two-way communication between Sabre AirCentre® Flight Plan Manager and eFlight Manager. The two-way connection gives a shared view of the flight between the cockpit and operations control. Overall, this environment allows integrated operations, which avoids complex and costly integration projects that often result in incomplete solutions that fail to address business goals.

This connected approach simplifies pre-flight procedures because it enables pilots to collect the configurable and automatable Flight Plan Manager briefing package with up to more than 50 different product types such as:

  • Operational flight plan
  • NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) briefing
  • Weather briefing
  • Significant weather chart
  • Terrain report
  • RAIM (Receiver Autonomous Integrity Monitoring) report

In addition, pilots can quickly access the information from any location that has Wi-Fi or cellular connectivity. Together with the Flight Plan Manager briefing package, pilots collect the flight plan, as well as the NOTAM and weather briefing, in the digital air-ground data and message exchange format (ARINC 633). This information is relayed during the trip download for either the complete flight chain or individual flight legs only.

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