Sat, Jun 09, 2007
Project Will Consolidate Current Communication
SITA and Flight Explorer are targeting airlines with the
development of an integrated decision-support solution that will
provide airlines with the ability to track, manage and communicate
with their flights through a single computer screen.
Airline flight dispatchers have long been able to use the Flight
Explorer Aircraft Situation Display application to track their
flights but have to use a separate application, SITA AIRCOM, to
communicate with pilots. The new system will integrate tracking and
data link communications onto one screen, said SITA.
AirTran Airways, already using both SITA AIRCOM for in-flight
data link communication and Flight Explorer's ASD, is set to carry
out the first tests of the new combined system in September.
Philip Clinch, SITA Vice President of Aircraft Communications
said, "We are excited that AirTran Airways has agreed to test this
unique integration of flight tracking and data link communications.
We have worked with AirTran to ensure that the use of AIRCOM
enables them to optimize their operations and this new solution
will really enhance their ability to deal with any unplanned
Flight Explorer's graphical flight-following software began by
primarily utilizing FAA radar data. SITA AIRCOM provides position
reports via its link network of 900 VHF stations in 160
SITA is integrating Flight Explorer into its AIRCOM Server
product, which offers airlines a turnkey solution for the exchange
of messages with their aircraft cockpit computers.
Clinch added: "We told our customers we wanted to enhance the
AIRCOM Server to enable better flight following and they all said
that instead of reinventing the wheel we should integrate with
Flight Explorer because it was already the ideal solution for
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