|Airbus ProSky’s AirFlight. Photo: Airbus
[Avionics Today 06-17-2015] Ahead of the 2016 International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) requirement for flight tracking, Airbus ProSky, the Air Traffic Management (ATM) subsidiary of Airbus, is partnering with flight-tracking company Flightradar24. Airbus ProSky will use Flightradar24’s aircraft positional data along with other aircraft data and additional sources of information in a new flight-tracking platform, AirFlight, to allow aircraft operators to take maximum benefit of such technology.
“Knowing precisely where aircraft are — and where and when they will be anywhere — brings major benefits to the entire aviation community: to the operators, of course, but also to airports and Air Navigation Services Providers (ANSPs) especially in the context of international flights, when surveillance data is not available or not shared,” said Sebastien Borel, Airbus ProSky general manager.
AirFlight is also an important step toward building an Airport Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM) platform. If the operator desires, AirFlight data can be shared with airports and Air Navigation Services Providers (ANSPs) through Web access providing the necessary visibility for better flow management and airport logistics.
“AirFlight is meant to tackle three major items: provide flight tracking as required by the authorities, optimize airlines operations with statistical data on fuel, holding, and airport taxi situations, and provide a base for A-CDM with reliable information on airport demand and arrival time,” adds Borel.