Teledyne Controls and aerospace software provider PACE have signed a deal that will enable airlines and flight crews to improve their flying efficiency and fuel consumption, and bring pilots live weather updates direct to an Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) while in flight.
Interfaced with the Teledyne GroundLink Comm+ system and its new integrated Aircraft Interface Device (AID) function AID+, PACE’s “Pacelab Flight Profile Optimizer” software can draw live data from the aircraft’s avionics buses to determine the most cost-efficient flight trajectory.
Teledyne says that using real-time operational and meteorological data, and a “holistic optimisation approach” for the remaining route to destination, Pacelab Flight Profile Optimizer provides pilots with reliable information on how to minimise their trip cost.
The resulting reduction of fuel burn is significant, averaging up to 2% per year. This is an example of how aircraft e-Enablement can bring cost savings.
With the addition of inflight weather updates direct to the crews’ tablet devices via Teledyne’s GroundLink AID+ ACARS proxy interface, crews have a complete picture of their ongoing flight, plus any changes in profile that may be required through a change in circumstances to achieve greater operational and fuel efficiencies.
An ACARS proxy allows multiple EFBs to send and receive ACARS messages, supporting pilots with ground and air flight operations communications, the distribution of flight documents, and load sheets.
Airlines do not need to install a separate AID unit to benefit from the PACE/Teledyne partnership.
With more than 8,000 GroundLink units already flying, Teledyne says it is an easy transition for those with the technology already installed, protecting their legacy investment.
Murray Skelton, Director of Business Development at Teledyne Controls, says that the ease of integration has been key: “By a simple interface with our AID+ unit and the PACE application, we can deliver all of the key flight data, and external data such as weather updates direct to a tablet to enable pilots to make informed decisions about their flight, and proactively find ways of maximising their fuel efficiency.”
PACE Managing Partner Oliver Kranz says the agreement is a genuine ‘win win’ for all parties.
“For airlines to realise the full benefits of AID, they need to see a tangible return on investment,” he says.
“Integrating PACE with Teledyne’s systems delivers a new level of control, and feedback from the first users is already encouraging.
“With Teledyne’s significant installed base, we have an immediate network and channel to market. We give Teledyne a tangible business case for airlines to upgrade to GroundLink AID+, with proven cost efficiencies.”