Collins Adds Dynamic Flight Tracking to Flight Manager

 - January 22, 2013, 3:50 PM
Flight Manager’s new Google Maps-based flight tracking allows flight departments to quickly understand an aircraft’s position and situation.

Rockwell Collins introduced 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 Google Maps 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. It also allows users to overlay satellite and U.S. radar data to plot the aircraft’s position in relation to inclement weather. Additionally, users can click on the aircraft icon to send instant datalink messages to the flight crew.

Meanwhile, 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 details, helping operators avoid redundant data entry and management of multiple databases.