Qantas pilots and GE Aviation develop new flight data app

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September 8, 2017: Qantas pilots and GE Aviation have developed a new flight data application (app), FlightPulse, that provides pilots with data to help them fly more efficiently and help reduce carbon emissions.

FlightPulse, the first fully commercialised product to be developed with mobile services from GE’s Predix platform, uses recorded aircraft data and smart analytics to enable pilots to securely access their individual operational efficiency metrics and trends.

Captain Mike Galvin, head of Fleet Operations, Qantas, said, “FlightPulse was designed by pilots for pilots. As a result, the information accessible on this platform helps them understand the operational efficiency of their flight.

“It provides pilots with flight data in a very visual way, allowing them to see first hand the amount of fuel used at different stages of a flight and how they can help to reduce carbon emissions,” he said.

Geoff Culbert, president & CEO, GE Australia, New Zealand & Papua New Guinea, said, “Qantas is a great example of Australian innovation at its best, constantly at the forefront of finding better ways to enhance their operations. Through close collaboration, we were able to develop a solution for the industry that connects pilots with individualised operational efficiency data for the first time.”

Qantas was also the launch customer for GE Aviation’s Digital Collaboration Center in Austin, Texas late last year. Through the partnership, data scientists, software developers and architects from GE and Qantas work together to distill some of the trillions of data points produced by the aviation sector annually into solutions that can achieve greater fleet intelligence and operational insights.

GE has similar centres in Dubai, Shanghai and Paris to connect data, customers, developers and Predix, GE’s edge-to-cloud operating system built exclusively for the industrial world. Predix is powering innovative Industrial Internet apps that turn operational data into insight for better and faster decision making.

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