Rockwell Collins’s Ascend Flight Information Solutions division is continuing to refine what it believes is the most integrated flight support suite in the business aviation market. The U.S. company, which incorporates the former Air Routing flight support and CTA Fos scheduling and dispatch service, is adding new applications and has also introduced the Dashboard feature to give operators a “top-down” view of the status of their fleet at any given time.
“There is now a lot of interfacing of data from the flight manager function [covering trip planning and support] and automation of how this is exchanged,” explained Steve Timm, Ascend’s v-p and general manager of flight information solutions. “It allows operators to enter data only once and that eliminates errors and simplifies the pre- and post-flight close out.”
With business aircraft operators increasingly cost-constrained, Rockwell Collins (Stand 436) believes it is relieving the pressure by becoming an extension of the flight-planning function. “Operators have a higher dependency on tools and services now and they can depend on what we are providing,” he told AIN.
One addition to Dashboard is the ability to integrate maintenance data. Also new is an application to be able to use the Fos flight-planning system on iPads for an additional annual subscription fee of between $100 and $150.
Meanwhile, last week Ascend opened a new office at Berlin’s Schoenefeld Airport, which Timm said will allow it to deliver a more Europe-centric approach to flight support services. The company also is modifying its flight-planning tools to be more connected with Eurocontrol’s CFMU slot-allocation system.