Commercial

Qantas, GE Aviation Develop App to Help Pilots Fly Efficiently

By S.L. Fuller | September 8, 2017

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Photo courtesy of Qantas

Qantas and GE Aviation have developed a flight data app, called FlightPulse, that helps pilots fly more efficiently and help reduce carbon emissions.

“FlightPulse was designed by pilots for pilots. As a result, the information accessible on this platform helps them understand the operational efficiency of their flight,” said Qantas Head of Fleet Operations Capt. Mike Galvin. “It provides pilots with flight data in a very visual way, allowing them to see first hand the amount of fuel used at different stages of a flight and how they can help to reduce carbon emissions.”

The airline said its new app is the first fully commercialized product to be developed with mobile services from GE’s Predix platform. It uses recorded aircraft data and smart analytics, which pilots can access securely.

Qantas was the launch customer for GE Aviation’s Digital Collaboration Center in Austin, Texas, last year. That partnership allows data scientists, software developers and architects from GE and Qantas to distill some of the 10 billion data points produced by the aviation sector annually into solutions that aim to achieve greater fleet intelligence and operational insights.

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