Flyht Works To Speed Aviation Industry Recovery With New Actionable Intelligence Suite Of Applications

FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd. announced that the Company has developed and is delivering phase one of the Actionable Intelligence suite of SaaS applications. These developments will enable Flyht to combine its proven history of collecting, analysing and reporting aircraft operational data with IBM Watson Knowledge Catalog and IBM Cloud Pak for Data to enhance efficiency, cost and the goal of on time operations for clients like China Express Airlines, Swoop Airlines and its other global customers. 

Flyht currently has more than 2,800 aircraft equipped with the patented AFIRSTM system, and provides data analytics and reporting to more than 80 aircraft operators around the globe. The operation supports airlines 24/7 as they face challenges presented by weather, technical or air traffic delays, safety and regulatory changes, economic swings, and even the current pandemic. 

For over 20 years Flyht has helped its customers manage operations and control costs with both airborne and ground solutions. The new solution, Actionable Intelligence, uses real time data capabilities to create profit-driving actions rather than simply recording history and showing where money was lost. The solution assists airlines with analyzing and optimizing flight planning operations to improve efficiency, cost, and the goal of on time operations for its customers.  Combined with the power of AFIRS, the solution incorporates real time alerting on events that might cause delays if not actioned in a timely manner. Flyht’s customers currently project that the investment of $5 million in airborne hardware will deliver $40 million in annual profit enhancement, producing a one-year return on investment of 800 percent. 

Actionable Intelligence runs on IBM Cloud Pak for Data, an integrated set of data and AI capabilities built on Red Hat OpenShift, that enables the solution to request immediate action to reduce time and costs associated with turnaround of an aircraft. Using IBM Watson Knowledge Catalog enables Flyht to use machine learning to expand these capabilities over time to become faster and more accurate in providing the profit enhancing opportunities. 

Bill Tempany, Interim CEO of Flyht, says that “the solutions that are being delivered in conjunction with our launch technology partner airlines will revolutionize the way the airlines manage their businesses, satisfy their customers and adjust to the new reality that will evolve as the industry recovers from the pandemic. We are proud to be doing work to help the aviation industry recover from the unprecedented events of 2020.” Charles Duncan, President of Swoop stated that “the power of the Watson tools along with real time data from our aircraft integrated with our existing ground based applications give Swoop the opportunity to be the industry leader in Actionable Intelligence. We are confident that our partnership with Flyht and IBM will have long lasting positive effects on our profits and how we operate our business.” 

China Express Airlines stated that “Flyht is a valued technology partner. We already have AFIRS installed on our CRJ and A320 fleets and look forward to the ability to have Actionable Intelligence delivered on our enabled aircraft.” Flyht announced a refreshed group of products and services at their AGM on June 23, 2020 that included the use of state of the art technologies as an IBM Business Partner that will help Flyht’s customers lead the recovery of the industry.


A digital revolution is changing the airline industry

The airline industry is battling to recover from the impact of the pandemic. One way it can be more efficient is increasing the technology it uses

Digital technologies can help process the vast amount of data the airline industry produces

Aviation is at an unprecedented crossroads. The global shutdown required to halt the spread of coronavirus largely grounded the airline industry, and it faces a long road to full recovery. As the industry examines the options to aid its route forward, digital solutions are expected to come to the fore.1 In 2017, a flight from London Gatwick to Barbados was delayed by more than five hours because the plane didn’t have enough toilet paper.

The incident also delayed the return flight by six hours, with a potential cost to the airline of up to £290,000 in compensation for passengers.2 That’s far from the only incident. Other flights have been held up by malfunctioning coffee makers, blocked toilets and faulty baggage loaders. Delays of this sort are expensive: according to surveys conducted with airlines, every extra minute a plane stays on the ground between flights can lead to up to $40 in additional costs. And, in such an interconnected industry, one late flight can have a serious knock-on effect.

Research from Boston Consulting Group has found that one late aircraft in the early morning can cause as many as 70 delayed flights by the end of the day.3 Small technical problems and delays are estimated to cost airlines $8.3 billion a year in the US alone, according to a report commissioned by the Federal Aviation Administration – but digital technology can help. Airline passengers have experienced huge changes in recent years, from quick and easy online ticket purchases, through to mobile boarding passes that let them sail through to the departure gate with just their smartphone. But behind the scenes, the airline industry has been much slower to adopt digital innovations, in part due to safety concerns and the investment required. 

According to Shell Aviation’s head of operations Thomas de Boer, the aviation industry still relies on “antiquated processes and technology” – an observation that is even more noticeable in the current environment. “More than ever, the industry needs efficiency. It seems counterintuitive that, in a touchscreen world, aspects of a process as essential to air travel as refuelling still involve a pen and paper,” he says. That’s finally changing, however, and new digital technologies can help more flights run on time, improving efficiency and creating a better experience for flyers. Shell invested $962m in research and development in 2019 and is one of the few energy companies with a dedicated R&D centre for aviation. This can help it keep ahead of the curve when it comes to technological developments in ground operations for aviation. 

Clipboards and paper are being replaced by cloud-based computer systems and tablets for a paperless future where important information can be transferred instantly and securely, minimising unnecessary journeys and saving time for airport staff – and for passengers. These remote, contactless processes also cater to the greater social distancing measures that will be required in the new reality of airport operations. For example, staff on the “apron” – the area of the airport where planes are refuelled, parked and boarded – are being equipped with tablets such as Shell’s SkyPad, which replaces paper-based systems with real-time cloud computing to eliminate human error and wasted time during refuelling.

The technology is being used by refuelling operators at 141 airports in 23 countries. Instead of receiving paper instructions about how much fuel to supply to a particular flight, and having to manually get approval or follow up on any discrepancies, teams on the ground can now get accurate, up to date and secure information from a tablet. “By harnessing technology at the most pivotal point of refuelling and replacing manual, paper-based systems and processes, this helps us to tap into the unlocked potential to maximise efficiency and accuracy across all aspects, from refuelling to billing,” says de Boer. Switching refuelling from being paper-based to the cloud also allows data about the process to be collected, analysed and improved.

Shell Aviation’s OTP Analytics (OTP stands for “On Time Performance”) collects data on airline arrival, refuelling and departure times, and compares them to the schedule, combining external flight databases with information about refuelling performance. By analysing the data, Shell Aviation – which manages refuelling on thousands of flights a day – can better allocate its resources on the apron, and work with other organisations to make sure that more flights are refuelled on time. “This advanced data analytics tool enables us to track every single flight versus schedule and to understand and improve our refuelling performance, and adjust where necessary,” explains de Boer. In an industry where every second counts, this can have a huge impact on performance.

Digital technologies such as OTP Analytics can also help airlines by mitigating the knock-on effect of delays. This is referred to by airlines as their “catch-up rate” – the percentage of the time they’re able to turn around a late-arriving aircraft in time for the next flight to depart as scheduled. As aircraft return to the skies, this measurement will become more important than ever for airlines. Ultimately, making flying more efficient is going to be vital to the industry’s recovery. “Digital technologies can play a key role in the path to greater efficiency for the industry,” says de Boer. “As we continue to respond to the unprecedented challenges that the industry faces, this will be enabled by both digitalisation and collaboration.”


Honeywell Uses Blockchain To Digitize Aircraft Records, Parts Pedigree Data

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ATLANTA, Aug. 5, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — For decades, aerospace companies and their customers have drowned in cumbersome documentation processes and storage mechanisms. Honeywell (NYSE: HON) is solving those problems by fully integrating aircraft record generation into its digital blockchain ledger. This provides Honeywell’s customers with an easy way to search and retrieve scattered data through a simple user interface, creating a level of speed and efficiency never before available in the aerospace industry. Quick and easy access to this data is critical for airlines because most use dozens of repair facilities, and the paperwork from each is not integrated. Additionally, airlines and operators commonly deal with lost, printed paperwork associated with a part.

This paperwork, or “trace documents,” are critical to maintaining the value of a part’s worth. Honeywell’s blockchain is a secure, decentralized database crowd-sourced by all its authorized users. Each user that Honeywell allows has a copy of the database and knows its contents in real time. Instead of storing only PDF documents or a reference to the digital aircraft record, Honeywell now stores the actual form data “on chain.” This data is used to re-construct aircraft records, including records that prove the U.S.

Federal Aviation Administration has certified that aircraft parts are safe to fly. These records can be accessed by customers, and in the case where paperwork is missing, customers can simply input the part number and serial number and the user interface will retrieve the data from the blockchain and “rebuild” the missing document. “Honeywell’s offering is like a search engine, but it works for anything and everything related to aircraft parts and service,” said Lisa Butters, general manager for Honeywell’s GoDirect Trade and applications owner for blockchain technologies. “Honeywell manufactures and repairs thousands of aerospace parts each day, and now all of those events, including the generated air worthiness certificates, go on chain. In aerospace, this is a game-changing technology that will simplify and transform recordkeeping for aircraft owners and airlines around the world.” In its purest form, blockchain technology creates trust between all parties on the chain through digital transparency.

The goal of the company is not to be the only aerospace company creating unified aircraft records on chain, but rather to collaborate and be an implementation partner so others can leverage the same technology. “Blockchain is unique because it’s a team sport,” said Butters. “This isn’t just about Honeywell data. In fact, this is not just about aerospace data. Whether you are in aerospace, automotive, electronics or consumer products, I envision all manufacturing OEMs and repair shops pushing quality documentation and part provenance data to the blockchain, so customers have easy access.” Adding data to the blockchain ledger does not replace regulatory authorities’ current document requirements, but rather supplements them more efficiently.

Honeywell now unpacks all that parts and repair data and makes it immutable, searchable and accessible to everyone in its permissions-based ecosystem. Honeywell first implemented blockchain technology with the launch of GoDirect Trade in late 2018. This online marketplace for buying and selling new and used aircraft parts leverages blockchain to include images and quality documents for the exact part being offered for sale, giving the buyer more confidence about purchasing the part. More than 2,700 companies and 7,000 users are active on GoDirect Trade today, and more than 80 storefronts have combined to process more than $8 million in transactions since the marketplace’s launch. 

About Honeywell Honeywell ([url=”][/url]) is a Fortune 100 technology company that delivers industry-specific solutions that include aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings and industry; and performance materials globally. Our technologies help aircraft, buildings, manufacturing plants, supply chains, and workers become more connected to make our world smarter, safer, and more sustainable. 


Hitit is the first aviation company to be certificated on IATA’s latest NDC schema 20.1

ISTANBUL – Hitit has been certified at Level 4 on the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA’s) 20.1 schema under the New Distribution Capability (NDC) certification program. This is the highest certification level for IT Providers with IATA’s latest schema and Hitit is the first player in the aviation industry to adopt NDC 20.1. Hitit, one of the top 4 global airline and travel IT solution providers in the world, has succeeded in being the first company in the aviation industry that is certified on IATA’s latest NDC schema 20.1, in addition to its current 17.2 schema Level 4 certification. Hitit also provides off-the-shelf support for 19.1 and 19.2 schemas. Hitit is now ready to enable its partner airlines to better differentiate their offers across channels. With the new NDC schema, Hitit can target OTA and travel agencies wanting to integrate their systems to airlines using Hitit’s airline software solutions. Nevra Onursal Karaagac, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at Hitit said: “As active players in the aviation industry, we all have found ourselves in a challenging situation that has highlighted to us how new technologies and digitalization are crucial for airlines. Airlines have had their hands tied by old legacy systems in the retail process. As one of the key players in the industry’s drive for transformation of the retail process, we have since 2016, developed NDC services for in-house and online distribution channels. Under the guidance of IATA, we have always followed the new practices, so I am proud to say that Hitit is the first company to be certificated on IATA’s latest NDC schema 20.1. Thanks to our new reinforced system, our partners can meet the expectations of passengers’ demands for seamless purchasing.” Yanik Hoyles, IATA’s Director Distribution, said: “Congratulations to Hitit. On becoming the first IT provider to achieve certification on the latest NDC 20.1 schema, Hitit is supporting airlines that are building their distribution strategies around air retailing at the highest level.”