SD PostFlight Harnesses, Distributes Flight Data
Global connectivity expert Satcom Direct can synchronize an entire aircraft mission with the flight department with the unveiling of its latest data product, SD PostFlight, at the show here today.
“We provide the most powerful integrated data platform in the industry,” says Chris Moore, president of SD Business Aviation.
Its Web-based PostFlight software automatically populates the aircraft flight log with all available data relating to flight times and cycle events for each leg of a journey. The automated and timely record-keeping precision of critical flight data reduces pilot workload, minimizes human error and improves operational efficiency by synchronizing the flight department, crew and maintenance teams with autonomous flight log information from the aircraft and its mission.
The aircraft movement data is delivered via SD’s data-link service, FlightDeck Freedom, and is immediately captured after each flight. The information is accurate to the minute and autonomously populated in SD Pro, providing all flight operation team members with instant, direct access to the data. The increased accuracy of data can extend the time between scheduled maintenance events reducing aircraft downtime and improving maintenance budget management, Moore says.
In addition, data from SD PostFlight can be integrated with third-party maintenance management tracking systems, including CAMP, MyCMP, and Flightdocs. To support warranty programs, customers can also choose to have data pushed to engine OEMs, with Rolls-Royce already signed up to receive operational performance records.
SD PostFlight is also available as an independent module that can integrate with third-party scheduling systems through an intelligent API. The product marks SD’s first foray into aviation data management.
“In a digital age, it is essential that we provide our customers with a highly accurate way of collecting, aggregating, and storing flight data,” says Moore. PostFlight can help optimize aircraft usage, improve maintenance efficiency and eliminate errors inevitable from a paper-based record-keeping system.”
To support the near real-time recording, the SD Crew mobile app allows pilots to see offline such information as fuel levels and fuel uplift, crew data, and leg notes to make logging and verification more timely and accurate. Future releases will capture flight expenses and accommodation costs, which can improve accounting accuracy for flight departments.
“You can expect quite a number of announcements at the show about companies integrating seamlessly with SD Pro to centralize flight planning, and on really synchronizing that information from the cockpit to the cabin to the flight operations,” says Moore.
“This builds on SD’s open-architecture, agnostic approach that supports customers getting what they want, rather than what they can have.”