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Aviation News Air France speeds up the monitoring of its Airbus fleet with SITAONAIR

Air France speeds up the monitoring of its Airbus fleet with SITAONAIR

Léo Barnier
07 JUN 2017 | 278 words
Air France speeds up the monitoring of its Airbus fleet with SITAONAIR
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Flight data exploitation is standing out more and more each day as one of the main vectors for improving maintenance. Air France has therefore decided to opt for the new e-Aircraft® DataCapture solution from SITAONAIR, a subsidiary of the SITA Group which specialises in connected aircraft services.

While the contract was announced on 24th May, installation of the system on the french airline's Airbus fleet began in January. Air France and Sitaonair have been working in this field since 2014.

This new system will enable automatic data transmission as soon as the plane lands. Maintenance teams will have a first diagnostic very quickly, without needing to wait for a line maintenance operation to retrieve the data manually. Pierre-Yves Benain, Head of Portfolio and Strategy, e-Aircraft at SITAONAIR emphasises that this solution is "reducing data retrieval time from days to minutes, without mobilizing maintenance resources ".

This time saved will enable the interventions required on the aircraft and its systems to be identified before any maintenance phases. These will then be prepared as a result. The plane's immobilisation time may then be reduced and resource use optimised.

This data will be collected from the QAR (quick access recorder) and the DAR (digital aircraft condition monitoring system (ACMS) recorder). The onboard system will then carry out an initial processing operation to enable the data to be analysed at Air France. It will then be encrypted to guarantee its security and be compressed for quick transmission.

Data are automatically and immediately transmitted after landing, using 3G, to a ground server provided by SITAONAIR, which will relay it to Air France's teams.
Léo Barnier
Specialized journalist
Industry & Technology, Equipments, MRO


 
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