Airbus' Skywise data platform enhances safety, efficiencies

September 11, 2017
Written by Airbus
Several global airlines are finding new and dynamic ways to enhance efficiencies and safety with Airbus' Open Data Platform Skywise. Here are just some ways early adopters  are utilizing the technology.

AirAsia uses Skywise open data platform for large-scale fleet analyses
Airbus and AirAsia teams have been working closely in direct collaboration with users in reliability, safety, and operations. Together they have deployed the Skywise data platform, integrated data from across disparate sources, and developed new capabilities against AirAsia's specific and immediate needs, including time series analysis of large-scale DataBird sensor data, component reliability, and repetitive fault analysis. Key results include: The deployment of the data platform and integrated several years’ worth of AMOS data across all AOCs as well as PFRs; The deployment of component reliability, ‘rogue component’ and repetitive-fault applications which will allow reliability and maintenance teams to perform analyses at scale to improve the reliability of the fleet; Continuous training on ‘Quiver’ – a Skywise application which allows users to visualise and analyse large-scale sensor data to perform flight-ops analysis, predictive maintenance, and troubleshooting.

Delta Air Lines to work with Airbus on expanding the value of Airbus’ predictive digital solutions using the Skywise platform
Delta Air Lines and Airbus have been collaborating closely in developing advanced predictive digital solutions to boost and deliver airline efficiency. Starting in 2016, Delta has deployed Airbus’ Prognostics and Risks Management (PRM) application to support its Engineering and Maintenance Control Center activities, particularly for its Airbus A330 fleet. This has enabled Delta to effectively prevent in advance failures on components and systems and thus mitigate operational interruptions (OI). Building on this valuable experience, Airbus is now working to expand the power of predictive modelling by migrating PRM models onto the Airbus Skywise platform. In doing so, Delta (and other airline users) could in the future reduce their OI events by another 15 percent, compared with using the today’s standalone PRM solution.

easyJet deploys Airbus Skywise platform for fleet predictive maintenance
Airbus and easyJet have deployed the new Skywise data platform to enable a fleet-wide predictive maintenance capability. This capability has successfully prevented technical delays normally caused removals of aircraft components including integrated drive generators (IDGs), high pressure valves (HPVs) and radio altimeters. By working closely together with easyJet, the Airbus design office and the airline were able to address easyJet’s ‘top-100 operational issues’. This work has resulted in the building and deployment of a fully customized application which allows actionable items to be performed preventing unnecessary delays for customers. In addition, easyJet has been using ‘DataBird’ (launched at Paris Air Show with Rockwell Collins as “FOMAX”) on two aircraft with the richest aircraft technical data to support existing hardware, this has been accessed on the underlying platform directly using ‘Quiver’ to measure the effectiveness of maintenance actions and conduct fleet-wide analysis on aircraft technical and maintenance data.

Emirates uses Skywise for Real-Time Health Monitoring and predictive maintenance
Emirates is collaborating with Airbus to reduce operational disruptions by sharing data on the new Skywise open data platform. The airline is benefitting from the Airbus Real-Time Health Monitoring, providing predictive maintenance and enhanced diagnostic to improve its fleet performance, optimize its operations, and make quicker and more informed decisions. Moreover, in case of unexpected technical issues arising, this Airbus predictive and monitoring capacity allows prompt mitigation solutions while final fixes are being implemented. So far, the Airbus Real-Time Health Monitoring and predictive maintenance has demonstrated a significant gain in operational reliability of around one percent for Emirates’ fleet.

Application development for Skywise underway with Hong Kong Airlines
Airbus, and its dedicated flight operations subsidiary, NAVBLUE, are already working with Hong Kong Airlines, to develop a new data analytics tool which will help airlines to avoid fuel overconsumption on descent and approach flight phases. This solution is called “IDLE Factor Optimization Tool,” and is part of the new suite of applications within the new Airbus Skywise Open Data Platform which leverages customers’ data and provide then with added-value. IDLE factor automatically adjusts the aircraft’s flight plan computation of the flight management system (FMS) according to the aircraft’s actual performance in real-time. When fully deployed, application will help airlines to realize significant fuel savings of up to 70 kg. per descent per aircraft for a single-aisle aircraft, and as much as 210 kg. for an A380.

jetBlue deploys applications to harness the value of Airbus Digital Solutions and Skywise
JetBlue and Airbus have been collaborating closely in developing advanced digital solutions to boost and deliver Airline efficiency. Together they have deployed Maintenance Mobility application (to support line and base maintenance activities) in 2016 and joint work is ongoing to deploy scheduled maintenance optimizer (for optimizing heavy maintenance planning and costs) end of summer 2017. These new applications are complemented by the airline’s ongoing work with Airbus on Skywise with integrated data across disparate sources, to develop new capabilities encompassing engineering investigations, component reliability analyses, and enhancing maintenance operations.

Peach uses Skywise data platform to automate quality monitoring, and interactively visualize flight paths
Airbus and Peach have deployed Airbus’ Skywise open data platform. This allows data to be integrated from across the airline’s disparate sources and enables various capabilities required by the airline including quality reliability reporting, component reliability and safety analysis. In particular, the platform enables Peach to automate the quality monitoring process and produce key metrics grouped by ATA chapter and aircraft in seconds. Reports which used to take days are now produced in only a few clicks. For component reliability, another application uses data from the platform to track unscheduled removals over time, run “Weibull” distributions over the data, and determine the optimal replacement schedule. Another benefit to Peach from the platform is the capability to interactively visualise flight paths using a special application called “Flight Path 360” This can drill-down on select parts of a flight based on key sensor data measurement.

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