Based on the highly complex Lido Flight algorithms, the Airline Operations Support (AOS) module supports dispatchers by automating the flight planning process.
Taking into account applicable regulations, airlines can either partially or fully automate their processes for calculating and optimizing flight plans and distributing briefing packets to pilots.
Electronic briefing packages ensure that pilots promptly receive the customized briefing packages they need for their next flights, regardless of where they are in the world.
They may access operational and ATC flight plans, fuel summaries, weather charts, satellite pictures, NOTAMs, and other information via the Internet. The airline may also add customer-specific information according to its needs.
En-route Terrain Analysis
The Lido Flight module 'En-route Terrain Analysis' offers two different methods for the analysis of en-route terrain. The first method 'Terrain Clearance' clears the terrain along planned route by at least 1000 feet under worst conditions using weight reduction.
The second method 'En-route Terrain Analysis for Driftdown and Depressurization' clears the terrain in case of driftdown or depressurization over high terrain using turn back to departure airport or diversion to escape airports.
The FreeFlight module is primarily applicable in free flight airspaces. It plans the most efficient trajectory for each flight based on the current weather and airspace situation.
It automatically generates a dense carpet containing millions of artificial waypoints and segments in order to optimize flight paths by using geographical coordinates instead of waypoints and radio beacons.
Flight plans are usually completed two to four hours prior to departure. But what happens when new flight-related information – such as weather warnings or airport closings – becomes available shortly before departure, or even during a flight?
The InflightMonitor continually checks for notifications relevant to all flights which have been calculated but not yet completed and reports them to the dispatcher.
The Lido Flight 4D module 'Landing' allows performance engineers or dispatchers of an airline to run landing performance calculations according to regulations. Lido Flight 4D offers three options how a landing performance calculation can be performed:
• Independently of the flight planning process as dispatch calculation or actual weight calculation to be provided to the flight crew via message transmission
• Integrated in the Lido Flight 4D interactive flight planning process as dispatch calculation for destination airport and alternate airports
• Integrated in the Lido Flight 4D automatic flight planning process performed by the AOS; as dispatch calculation for destination airport and alternate airports
In addition, miscellaneous features are available to support the user during the calculation.
The Preplanning module is a specialized tool for supporting the medium-term and long-term strategic planning with a focus on route details, economic aspects, or both. Operational ad-hoc tasks shall be supported as well.
However, for preplanning and payload range calculation purposes not all information that is used in operational flight planning can be beneficial; therefore short-term restrictions shall be disregarded or may be deactivated by the user.
User-defined restrictions and fictional data may be implemented and modified according to the customer needs.
This module also supports the user in generating and submitting overflight clearances, the most important functions are as follows:
- Reading and compressing of schedule data (SSIM file)
- Consideration of statistical weather data
- Route preplanning
- Maintaining and processing of country specific output requirements
- Sending out the overflight clearance requests
- Automatic set-up of so called Traffic Rights in the system
- Status check of all overflight clearances in the system
The Slot Manager is an integral part of front office dispatch activities. Designed as a set of functions that handle all slot restrictions arising during the flight planning process, it can receive, process, and respond to the Central Flow Management Unit (CFMU) of EUROCONTROL.
In order to accommodate airline policy, the Slot Manager is based on filtering systems that help control and manage as to which slot information is made available to the slot management teams of an airline operator.
The Statistical Database gathers all relevant information about flights that have been filed and sent automatically by the system or manually by a user during Operational Flight Planning and also all data that have been modified and received during the Flight Operations Support phase including aircraft position reports, revised flight plans, fuel consumption data etc.
With the information from the Statistical Database it is possible to determine the distribution of operational costs per flight event. Using data from the Statistical Database the customer can prepare trend analyses of fuel burn for certain aircrafts, routes or seasons. This may be the basis for an optimization of fuel calculations or even fuel policy (e.g. contingency fuel).
Using recorded trajectories can help to identify common deviations between flight planned route and flown route, mostly direct or alternate routes offered by ATC on a tactical basis, that could be utilized for planning in the first place. The Statistical Database can help the user to identify deviations from planned block times, taxi times or flight times and to identify the reasons for delays.
The Statistical Database provides information, which allow the user to compare planned block times, flight times, fuel burn etc. with the actual values. Thus it is possible to increase the accuracy of planning targets.
Module 'Takeoff' enables the user to run single point takeoff performance calculations integrated in the flight planning process. Users can maintain aircraft, runway and EOSID data, manage and validate that data and use it to run aircraft performance calculations.
The dispatcher can perform calculations for airports maintained in the Lido Navigational Database and all defined standard aircraft. Furthermore, performance engineers can use the Lido Flight 4D module to run strategic calculations. The option of extracting aircraft and airport data from the Lido Navigational Database lets the performance engineer evaluate used performance data.
TFR (Traffic Flow Restrictions)
Automating your flight planning with our TFR module (TFR - Traffic Flow Restrictions) opens up a host of new route options as it considers partly restricted airways. It calculates the most effective combination of airways between origin and destination.
The WINDS module is an advanced flight following and aircraft situational display solution. It uses aircraft position data to visualize current aircraft positions depending on your preferences.