Singapore Airlines flies ahead with ViaSat DM

Singapore Airlines has selected ViaSat's AeroDocs document management system to distribute its digital documents in a secure, controlled manner, with advanced workflow tracking to help maintain aviation regulatory compliance.

AeroDocs is a modular, aviation-grade document management software system that gives airlines complete control over the editing, distribution and viewing of their documents. It is designed to handle a mix of fleet sizes and aircraft types, enabling it to scale with Singapore Airlines. The software's pilot document iPad viewer delivers a best-in-class document viewing experience.

Don Buchman, Vice President and General Manager, Commercial Mobility business at ViaSat, added, "The AeroDocs system was designed around end-user needs with a focus on getting correct, updated documents to pilots. In working with the award-winning Singapore Airlines, we are tailoring the AeroDocs software system to help them maintain their operational excellence through greater compliance, collaboration and usability."

The AeroDocs document management software system was acquired by ViaSat in November 2016, through ViaSat's acquisition of Arconics, a provider of software solutions to the aviation industry. Through this transaction, ViaSat gained key aviation-grade software and mobile applications to make flying safer and more efficient for pilots, cabin crews and flight operations teams.

AeroDocs is scheduled to go live on Singapore Airlines in the first half of 2017.

ViaSat is also supplying Qantas with technology used to introduce its first in-flight W-Fi trial on a Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

ViaSat claims to offer the best in-flight internet in the sky, with typical speeds 10 times faster than traditional in-flight Wi-Fi services. The faster connection speeds - which enable streaming - are made possible through the nbn Sky Muster satellites, the only satellites servicing Australia with the capacity to offer enhanced services. The Sky Muster satellites represent a significant upgrade over older satellite technology accessed by most airlines around the world.

The in-flight internet service uses excess idle data capacity, with the signal reaching the aircraft as it flies through the satellites' spot beams. ViaSat and nbn have had a long-standing partnership, as ViaSat designed and built the ground infrastructure portion of the nbn satellite network.

The ViaSat satellite equipment is currently installed and flying on one trial Qantas Boeing 737-800 aircraft connected to the ViaSat/nbn test network. The full production internet system is expected to be switched on later this calendar year. The rest of the airline's domestic fleet of Boeing 737 and Airbus A330 aircraft is projected to be outfitted with the ViaSat equipment starting in 2017.


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