Rockwell Collins Upgrades Flight Manager App

 - January 22, 2013, 8:00 AM
Rockwell Collins updated its web-based Ascend Flight Manager to include dynamic graphical flight tracking and an electronic advance passenger information system (APIS) reporting tool for Part 91 operators.

Rockwell Collins introduced new enhancements to its Flight Manager web-based application today at the NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference in San Antonio, Texas. The changes to the program, which is part of the Iowa-based company’s Ascend flight information solutions, include dynamic graphical flight tracking, and an electronic advance passenger information system (APIS) reporting tool for Part 91 operators.

The flight-tracking tool, which is accessible through the web, uses a Google Maps platform to provide the company’s datalink subscribers with a worldwide view of their aircraft’s position in flight, as well as the flight path of completed and future flights. These maps can be projected onto an overhead LCD display to provide an operational view for the entire flight department. The page also allows users to overlay satellite and U.S. radar data to plot the aircraft’s position in relation to inclement weather. Users can also click on the aircraft icon to send instant datalink messages to the flight crew.

“These new enhancements help accomplish our mission to streamline flight operations systems,” said Steve Timm, the company’s vice president and general manager of flight information systems. “The new flight-tracking feature provides operators with the situational awareness they need to more efficiently and effectively manage their fleet.”

The app’s APIS tool automatically integrates the necessary information for flights into and out of the U.S., including flight plan, crew and passenger information, helping operators avoid redundant data entry and management of multiple databases.