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Navtech Launches the First Advanced Turbulence Avoidance Module for Navtech Flight Plan


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Navtech Launches the First Advanced Turbulence Avoidance Module for Navtech Flight Plan

Waterloo, ON – March 16, 2015 – Navtech, a leader in flight operations software and services, launched the first advanced turbulence avoidance module for its flight planning software, Navtech Flight Plan. Utilizing the advanced weather model ensemble and aircraft specific turbulence forecast algorithms from Schneider Electric’s Integrated Flight Hazards solution, Navtech Flight Plan automatically optimizes aircraft routings to avoid turbulence enroute, providing a safe, efficient flight.

The Schneider Electric turbulence forecast is patent-pending and captures turbulence forecasts for boundary layer, mountain wave, clear-air and convective turbulence all in one model. As opposed to other turbulence generation systems that rely on data reported from flights that have already flown through suspected areas of turbulence, Navtech Flight Plan users can obtain highly accurate, detailed and individualized forecasts and alerts anywhere in the world to make proactive and well-informed flight path decisions prior to departure.

By incorporating a more granular dataset and forecast output, users can fly more direct routes resulting in reduced fuel consumption and improved enroute times, as well as achieve a higher level of safety than with traditional forecasts. AvMet, Inc., a third party, recently reviewed a set of leading turbulence forecast systems, confirming Schneider Electric’s Integrated Flight Hazards solution outperformed others over a three month period in three key areas: accuracy, consistency and fewer false alarms.

“A leader in aviation meteorological services for years, Schneider Electric takes pride in developing leading-edge solutions like the Flight Hazard Forecast ensemble to solve industry challenges,” said Ron Sznaider, Vice President of Weather Solutions for Schneider Electric. “We are excited to partner with Navtech to create a unique platform that will make flights safer and more efficient.”

This Integrated Flight Hazards module is the first of its kind in the market. Navtech has integrated the turbulence avoidance module as part of the route optimization algorithm. The route optimizer considers the flight hazard data when determining optimal vertical and lateral routes. This optimization results in a flight plan that reduces time, cost, and fuel while providing the utmost safety for passengers and crewmembers.

“Navtech Flight Plan is the only flight planning system in the world to fully integrate the Flight Hazard Forecast ensemble developed by Schneider Electric into its route optimization algorithm,” said Mike Hulley, President and CEO of Navtech.  “We strongly believe that partnering with Schneider Electric on this project will have a positive impact on the safety and efficiency of the airline industry.”

Navtech users can now accurately forecast turbulence globally utilizing Navtech’s Flight Plan software, which is a fully scalable, browser-based system. The turbulence avoidance module is available as of early 2015. It can be applied to varying aircraft including cargo, passenger and business jets.

About Navtech
Navtech is an international, leading global provider of flight operations solutions, serving more than 400 airlines and aviation services customers.  Navtech's product suite includes aeronautical charts (paper and electronic), navigation data solutions, flight planning, aircraft performance software, and crew planning solutions. 

These products directly support millions of flights each year and maximize efficiency, reduce costs, and ensure compliance with complex national and international safety regulations for customers.  Navtech’s corporate office is located in Canada’s technology center, Waterloo, ON, with an additional office in London and satellite offices around the world.  To learn more about Navtech, visit our website, view our LinkedIn page and follow us on Twitter @Navtech.

About Schneider Electric
As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in Utilities & Infrastructure, Industries & Machines Manufacturers, Non-residential Building, Data Centers & Networks and in Residential. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the Group's 170,000 employees achieved revenues of 25 billion euros in 2014, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations make the most of their energy.

Aleksandra Kulik