Aircraft IT Logo

Skip Navigation Links
November 2018 October 2018 September 2018 August 2018 July 2018 June 2018 May 2018 April 2018 March 2018 February 2018 January 2018 December 2017 November 2017 October 2017 September 2017 August 2017 July 2017 June 2017 May 2017 April 2017 March 2017 February 2017 January 2017 December 2016 November 2016 October 2016 September 2016 August 2016 July 2016 June 2016 May 2016 April 2016 March 2016 February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 May 2011 April 2011 March 2011 February 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 August 2010

KLM flies digitally with Belgian software

25/09/2014

AvioVision
Connect with Aircraft IT
Sign up to the Aircraft IT twitter feed for all the aviation industry's latest IT related news
Click here to learn about free Membership to Aircraft IT




KLM flies digitally with Belgian software
 


Genk, 25 September 2014 – Soon KLM pilots will be flying using a digital flight folder. Using paper for weather messages and flight documents will thereby almost belong to the past. The deal implies a 50% growth for AvioVision, the Belgian software company behind the AvioBook app.

All aircraft of the Dutch airline KLM and KLM Cityhopper will soon fly using digital flight documents, thanks to the AvioBook 'e-briefing’ app. Previously, pilots had to use several pages of paper per flight. Before departure, they printed all detailed flight information (flight envelope). The software of the Belgian company AvioVision now replaces this paper flight folder.

Digital Flight Folder

AvioBook digitizes this information, explains Kris Van den Bergh (CEO of AvioVision): "We offer a ‘digital flight folder’ whereby all relevant flight information is neatly presented in user-friendly modules on a tablet. As such, the pilot will have the most current flight information (e.g. about procedures, but also about fuel, weather, flight route, ...). Overall, a major airline like KLM can save about 30,000 pages of paper per day."

The software also includes a second, more important part: "During flight AvioBook also collects information, such as fuel consumption, the duration of the flight and any changes along the way. This information is then quickly made available to the operations office of the airline after landing, all while pilots were previously required to complete a report on paper after each flight," says Kris.

KLM plans the first tests for mid-October. For the airline this project is part of a larger initiative in the field of optimization of work processes for pilots and operational support staff. The advantages are obvious: efficiency gains by simplifying logistics and reduced paper consumption.

Less delays for passengers

The digital flight folder is not only beneficial for pilots and for the airline, also passengers will benefit from this.

"Because the information available is more current, pilots can respond more quickly to changing situations," explains Kris Van den Bergh. "When delays occur, the airline can react in a faster way. When the flight is for example diverted to another airport, the flight information for the next flight (e.g. data on the route, updated fuel calculations or actual weather) can be instantaneously exchanged. The preparation for the pilot is a lot easier, so precious time is won."

The flight continues

The KLM contract is a milestone for AvioVision, the company behind Aviobook: "This is the culmination of four years of hard work. Earlier, we were able to convince Air Greenland, Thomsonfly, Air Arabia, Widerøe and Swiss Air Force. KLM, the world’s oldest airline, is the first 'big' airline that chooses AvioBook. By welcoming the 200 planes of the KLM fleet, we grow at once from 400 to 600 aircraft. There is an important achievement, and we adjusted our ambitions accordingly. By the end of 2015 we want to be providing our software to a combined fleet of 3,000 aircraft."

In order to realize this growth path, the Belgian innovative software company is looking for reinforcement: "We are looking for five experienced developers in the very short term. By the end of 2016, we want our workforce to double from 25 to 50 employees."

Only comprehensive EFB software suite worldwide

AvioVision is a pioneer in the business. Four years ago, the AvioBook development started, even before any tablets appeared. To continue this leadership role, Kris Van den Bergh is counting on three strengths: "Our software is similar to an accounting package, which consists of several modules. We are the only EFB software in the world that integrates all modules in one package, complemented by a strong back-office application.

In addition to that, is the software very easy to use. No wonder, as CEO Van den Bergh himself is still active as a part time pilot. "Finally, our patented software is now approved in nine countries," concludes Kris. "You can not just start using software in an airplane. National aviation authorities must formally approve such software prior to operational use. Again here, we have a significant advantage."

About AvioVision: Aviobook is a product of the company AvioVision. AvioVision was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in Genk, Belgium. The producer of software applications, initially for aviation, currently employs 25 people.

More information:
Kris Van den Bergh                                                             
CEO AvioVision
+32 472 548 690
kris.vandenbergh@aviovision.com