Mission critical communications in airports is an essential part of operations, securely delivering and receiving aviation messaging such as accident management, personnel communications, ATS and passenger information.
Reliable, on-the-ground messaging within the airport environment, or from business-to-business, can mean the difference between efficient operational productivity, or costly ground delays. Mission critical communications providers around the world rely on messaging networks to deliver these transmissions swiftly and securely, often using Type B protocols.
Miami International Airport has selected Everbridge to provide their system upgrades to assist and improve incident response times and minimise errors within their messaging environment.
Canada-based Latitude Technologies has joined the aircraft messaging sector for next generation solutions with their satellite data unit, DL150, which will support ACARS and CPDLC, and complete their FANS 1/A+ offering.
As the commercial and business aviation industry moves towards a holistic approach to flight communications, and with the CPDLC compliance initiative just around the corner, operators are searching for the most competitive aircraft messaging solutions.
Other providers, such as Rockwell Collins’ ARINC, with their CPDLC and Type B messaging suites, are delivering packages to ensure their customers find the right fit for their business and requirements.
As global fuel prices continue to decrease, and look likely to keep falling for the foreseeable future, the fuel levy in countries such as India will remain in place according to government sources.
As the current jet fuel levy makes up almost 40% of airlines’ operational costs, operators must consider other options to manage costs.
Operational messaging costs can quickly spiral out of control in many message platforms. Mandatory messaging increases every year as regulations change across the world, passenger numbers rise and security is tightened.
The air travel industry must maintain a robust infrastructure and certain aspects of operational efficiency demand high messaging volume that can quickly become unmanageable and expensive. It makes sense for airlines to review their traffic profile regularly to avoid duplication and to simplify their messaging infrastructure wherever possible.
U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have spoken this month about the importance of pushing for resources for the country’s local airports and have confirmed that the Joseph Y. Resnick Airport in Warwarsing will receive $1.2 million for the US Department of Transportation to ensure vital airport upgrades and infrastructure are in place.
The upgrades will strengthen efficiency and enhance safety, particularly with the plans for lighting system upgrades for low-visibility conditions.
Airport efficiency and infrastructure systems can help small and medium-sized airports across the world to cope with increasing passenger traffic while maintaining security measures vital to their successful operation.
Rockwell Collins has announced the release of an upgrade to its ARINC AIM user interface which incorporates state-of-the-art technology to deliver an improved experience for users.
The upgrade delivers intuitive workflows, configurable desktop themes, customisable workspace layouts, in-built graphical display editor and improvements to the user feedback mechanism.
Built using Agile software development methodology, the new interface will provide users of ARINC AIM with enhanced flexibility that can more effectively help them manage unexpected changes to critical infrastructure security.
With real-time situational awareness, ARINC AIM’s platform is commonly utilised in nuclear power facilities to monitor security, access and command and control.
Most travellers do not realise how much B2B messaging impacts the entire airline process, from passenger reservations through maintenance, security and even refuelling and providing in-flight catering services.
Typically, airlines use Type B messaging for many functions, such as electronically transferring orders of meals, fuel and when turnaround times on the apron are often as tight as 30 minutes, delays can occur if just one function is out of synchronisation.
Aircraft maintenance teams also utilise B2B messaging when ordering critical parts, simplifying and streamlining what could otherwise be a complex logistical process.
Behind the scenes messaging is vital to airlines, airports and operators, needing to be reliable and swiftly delivered to ensure you, the passenger, is not kept waiting.
All across the globe domestic airlines are experiencing difficulties with rising operational costs, airport fees and high insurance to name but a few. This is no more apparent than in Nigeria, where the newly appointed manager of Dana Air has spoken out this week about the need for government reform to encourage ‘friendlier policies’ for the aviation sector.
Mr Mbanuzo highlighted that domestic airlines pay approximately 35% in operational charges, facing challenges such as expensive aviation fuel, fluctuating currency exchange rates and the regime of VAT on air transport.
While it is clear that airlines need some help from governmental policy to stay afloat, cost cutting measures can be put in place in many areas, from aviation messaging to streamlined operations. An aviation messaging audit can reveal areas that can be improved, such as mission-critical transmissions using Type B formats and can potentially save up to 60% for the aircraft operator.
In a highly driven industry, cost efficiencies must be maximised in order for bottom line targets to be met, while maintaining reliability.