Archive for ‘June, 2012’

Last week we took over the service and support of Thomas Cook’s approved etechlog and EFB application, hence the lack of blogging activity lately (sorry about that). Things seemed to have settled down in bit after a busy period during the transition of service and we have started to focus on scoring a couple of quick wins by targeting some low hanging fruit. This week we launched the beta version of the web application that we are developing to replace the existing ETL management tool. A couple of people have asked me about details so I thought I’d share them here.

We are using our own Conduce Application Framework (CAF) to build the new ETL web application, so this means we can roll out functionality pretty quickly without building the application from scratch. This application will be the main management tool of the service to allow sectors to viewed, provide the usual admin tools and act as a business intelligence portal to the status of the service. We have started to roll out service and transmission reliability reports to replace weekly reports prepared by hand by the previous supplier. We would much rather spend time on making such reports self-service and flexible rather than spending a couple of hours a week manually retrieving data and circulating reports that people may not actually be interested in.

The transmission reliability reports are a little basic at the moment and are a replica of the reports provided by the previous supplier. We’ve added conditional formatting to help with identification of exceptions and a date range picker. We plan to add some additional features here very soon.

One observation that we made of the existing management application is that the data is presented in very traditional and sober grids or lists. We don’t like lists…. they’re so “one dimensional“. We’re investigating a couple of ways to present aircraft and sector data in a way more meaningful to users. The first method we have explored is to provide sector data in the form of a map.

This screen shows the last sector received for each aircraft. It was simple enough to prepare a select statement which returned the last known location of each aircraft and details of the sector flown. We then put together a table of airport longitudes and latitudes which we cobbled together from Wikipedia. Then it was a straight forward task of making a mash-up of the two data sources via the Google Maps API. Each aircraft is represented as a pin-point on a global map. Clicking on a pin-point opens an information balloon with the flight details. Pretty simple really. We showed this to the Thomas Cook engineering team and there were a few jaws agape as a result…. They’ve asked us to auto-refresh the map as new sectors are received so that they can display on the plasma screens in the Maintenance Operational Control Centre.

We noticed that the Thomas Cook aircraft normally park at the same stand at some airports, so we tweaked the airport locations in a couple of places to be especially accurate. This is what you see if you zoom right in to Manchester airport on our map. How’s this for accuracy?

Watch this space for more news and developments from our ETL adventure coming soon.

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Author: Paul Saunders

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We are delighted to announce that Tony Reeves has joined Conduce Software as Service Support Engineer dedicated to providing support for our ETL/EFB solution. Tony joins us from Optimised Systems and Solutions (OSyS) where he had been performing the same role for over five years. Tony has many years of experience at the sharp end of ETL system support and was an aircraft technician prior to a change in career. Tony came highly recommended by colleagues and customers alike from his previous role and brings a wealth vital experience to our team.

Tony will be providing critical front line support for our new ETL/EFB product and will be instrumental in the future development and sales of our aerospace solutions. We are very lucky indeed that he has joined us!

Click here to view Tony’s LinkedIn profile

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Following on from last month’s news regarding a contract to support Thomas Cook’s approved eTechlog we are proud to announce that earlier this week we successfully migrated the solution from the current provider to our own servers and that the solution is now live. The full service transition occurs later this month, but Thomas Cook are successfully transmitting live aircraft techlog data to our system.

The migration came after a period of building and testing a new server solution based on the technology developed by the previous provider, but using latest server software and operating systems along with cutting edge hardware there were performance benefits immediately realised by the client. The migration itself took approximately two hours to accomplish with only 72 minutes of system downtime for the client. This was possible due to a well rehearsed migration procedure.

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Here are the slides from my updated Tablet Strategy Bootcamp workshop presentation which I gave at the Airline & Aerospace MRO & Operations IT conference in Darmstadt, Germany yesterday.
Another Update of Tablet Strategy Bootcamp

That’s the last time these particular slides will get an airing. Its very much time for a new presentation theme I think.

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The Conduce Team hit the road this week to exhibit at the Aircraft Commerce Airline & Aerospace MRO & Operations IT Conference in Darmstadt,¬†Germany on the 12th and 13th of June. This will be the second year that Conduce will be exhibiting and speaking at Europe’s definitive aviation IT conference. As well as manning our stand Paul Saunders will be on presenting duty as he will be hosting his “Tablet Strategy Bootcamp” workshop on the afternoon of the first day. Paul will also be chairing a panel discussion on the use of iPads in the cockpit on the morning of day two.

The Conduce lads will also be showing off our newly acquired eTechlog software fresh from winning a support and services contract with Thomas Cook Airlines as well as showcasing all of their other wares and recent innovations including our much sought after bespoke aviation data acquisition apps for iPad such as Defexx, Fatigue Survey and FormHive. The first 50 visitors to our stand will also be entitled to a FREE copy of our sticky notes app YBoard for iPad. Just pop by with your iPad and ask for a promo code and we’ll get you set up with your free copy of YBoard for iPad. But you’d best hurry as it will be first come first served.

Keep an eye on our blog and follow us on Twitter for a live feed of conference coverage. Join the conversation on Twitter by searching for the #AeroIT hashtag.

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