Aviation Delays Could Ease With New Tech Links

Three aviation-related companies are linking their technologies to help make it possible for U.S. airlines to smooth out air traffic problems during peak periods by giving airline dispatchers greater ability to anticipate and react to weather delays, peak traffic congestion and system uncertainties. The result will be a better travel experience for airline customers. The announcement was made at the Regional Airline Association Annual Convention in Tampa, Florida.
The companies are: Flight Explorer, the leading provider of Internet-based real-time flight tracking and information systems; David R. Bornemann Associates, Inc.(dRb), the leading provider of PC-based flight planning, aircraft tracking and flight crew scheduling software; and WSI, the leading provider of aviation weather. They will integrate their systems to automate the exchange of real-time data and display information among the varied systems that airline dispatchers use to monitor and manage flights.
Currently, dispatchers at local and regional airports must manually input critical flight information, updating it throughout the day, to keep track of thousands of aircraft across the county, a time-consuming and cumbersome task. Linking the Flight Explorer system, which receives and processes flight information directly from the Federal Aviation Administration, with the dRb software and WSI weather data, will automate the process, providing dispatchers with real-time information and alerts concerning:
* Time departures
* Estimated time of arrival
* Route flown to route planned
* Flights ahead of and behind flight plan
* Fuel consumption
* Holding patterns
* Weather patterns
* Diversions
* Departure and arrival times
* Downstream scheduling delays
The requirements for the linked systems were developed in partnership with Midwest Express, Atlantic Coast Airlines, Atlantic Southeast Airlines and others. Integration testing was performed with WestJet Airlines.