We’re providing customers with end-to-end digital solutions, both on and off the aircraft, that can enable more predictable, efficient flight operations – for passengers, airport employees and vendors, as well as airline operators, crews and those managing the commercial airspace.

By using mapping technologies and advanced data, analytics and artificial intelligence to optimize flight paths and operations, we’re helping customers find shorter routes – which, in turn, contributes to the decarbonization of the skies.

By gathering and delivering data and content from numerous sources, Collins can help customers identify areas of operational inefficiency. Data sciences and artificial intelligence can be used to predict equipment failures, allowing technicians to remedy before delays, cancellations or air-turnbacks generate additional fuel and carbon footprint. Actionable information sources, such as airspace closures, convective weather, turbulence and traffic congestion data can be gathered and shared with pilots and dispatchers to optimize flight trajectories and minimize fuel, noise, and carbon emissions. Using data and data sciences brings value to airlines, passengers and contributes to the sustainability of the planet.

The reach of our capabilities across aviation allows us to take a holistic approach that spans the entire ecosystem. Whether we’re leveraging proven technologies within our own business or within our parent company, we can collaborate across digital platforms to synthesize information in ways no one else can.

FlightAware

Collins Aerospace recently acquired Flight Aware, an ADS-B, Traffic, and data analytics organization. based in Houston, Texas. Flight Aware technologies and analytics have already demonstrated their ability to critically optimize aerospace traffic and airspace design to lessen aerospace fuel use, noise footprint, and carbon footprint. Adding Flight Aware’s capabilities in traffic and asset analytics to Collins’ legacy of innovation across avionics, system integration and network connectivity, will lead to more digital insights around sustainability and further the industrywide vision for a carbon-free future.

Collaborative platforms

It takes the entire industry to get on a better path forward. Onboard enablement systems, like FOMAX and InteliSight™, are providing airlines better access to more information than ever before. By connecting vehicle data content sources and applications, Collins can improve the utility, accuracy, latency, and labor effort to render new digital product solutions. These data solutions can impact pilots, dispatchers, mechanics, cabin crew, passengers, and more. With digital solutions, airlines can optimize operational tasks, which leads to more efficient operations, improved fuel consumption and reduced carbon emissions.

Flight path optimization

Today’s pilots operate in a dynamic environment where decision making relies heavily on a range of available data sources. Weather, traffic, airspace, winds, fuel state, performance, terrain, are all factors pilots, controllers and dispatchers use when planning optimal flight routes. When pilots re-route to compensate for weather changes, it often adds significant time and distance to the flight plan. Climate change is only making adverse weather conditions harder to predict.

Now, Collins is leveraging environmental data, such as prevailing winds and convective weather, as well as air traffic and other airspace information, from a variety of connected sources to optimize an aircraft’s flight path. These multi-factored computations provide more “up-to-the-minute” route recommendations so pilots can better coordinate with dispatchers and air traffic control to minimize flight plan deviation, excess fuel burn and carbon footprint – all while helping to improve arrival time performance.