DC-10s, 757s Will Stay Connected Electronically
Aero-News learned this week Tulsa, OK-based charter airline Omni
Air International (OAI) has selected Wingspeed Corporation's XLLink
Flight Information Architecture (XFIA) to manage automated
paperless operations, voice, and messaging on its fleet of DC-10
and B757-200 aircraft.
Wingspeed's XFIA is an end-to-end, integrated airborne network
platform that combines hardware and software that enables each
aircraft to stay connected to the airline's ground network through
a range of sub-networks such as VHF, the Iridium Satellite Network,
and Wi-Fi. Wingspeed XLLink integrates each aircraft with an
airline's existing maintenance and operations software and offers a
broad range of ACARS-type services to the aircraft such as text
messaging, flight tracking, weather, OOOI messaging, PDCs, and
"XLLink turns each of our aircraft into a node on our network
connected continuously to our operations center," said OAI Senior
Director or Corporate Development, Robert Jared. "XLLink's ability
to integrate directly with our maintenance and operations software
significantly improves operational efficiency and eliminates many
of the paper processes used by other airlines."
Dave Borkowski, Wingspeed's Vice President of Sales, noted "OAI
is a leader in the charter airline industry that understands the
significant efficiencies gained by connecting each of their
aircraft to their ground network. The ability to globally
communicate, track, and electronically transfer data and documents
via XFIA intrinsically lowers costs."
At OAI, Wingspeed's XLLink System is fully integrated with the
Flight Explorer Professional Aircraft Situational Display
(ASD) system to deliver a common operating picture to OAI dispatch
and management personnel. OAI can now employ a fully integrated
system that allows dispatchers to track their aircraft and send
data and text messages to and from the aircraft through Flight
Explorer's ASD utilizing Wingspeed's XLLink network platform.
The XLLink network will provide full message assurance, data
encryption, and compression.