Ireland-based Aircraft Management Technologies (AMT) launched a new electronic flight book system called Flightman. It is claimed to be the first to allow secure, wireless transmission of aircraft and operations data from a portable computing device to an operator’s server.
For smaller regional airline or corporate flight department applications, AMT is offering Flightman with full-service support at a cost of approximately $10,000 to $30,000
per aircraft annually. This service includes the provision of a computer server at AMT’s Dublin headquarters.
Flightman includes flight- planning and data modules, and it is scalable to allow for changes in the size and scope of an operation. The electronic flight book and fuel-management module creates a digital version of an operator’s paper logs. Fuel uplift can be recorded to allow pilots to do onboard fuel calculations.
The eTechlog module manages maintenance requirements, logging defect management, component level reporting and tracking minimum equipment lists items and parts. The performance and weight- and-balance module allows flight crews to make these calculations for themselves. They can receive updates on remote airport data, as well as notams.
According to AMT, prospective large airline users have estimated that the Flightman could result in annual operating cost savings of $100,000 per aircraft. This would be due to more accurate performance calculations and fuel planning, as well as workload efficiencies. Freight carrier Atlas Air and Spanish charter operator Futura International Airways are launch customers for Flightman.
Flightman can run on laptop computers or tablet PCs, with operators specifying their own hardware preference. AMT’s software uses the XML data standard introduced by the U.S. Air Transport Association.