PDC FlightOps is an Airline Operations Control Module. The integrated Gantt display and overall functionality have been designed with a focus on efficient:
- Flight Traffic Monitoring
- Flight Message Distribution
- Disruption Handling
I value PDC’s proximity to their customers which is also demonstrated during the Annual User Group Meetings. Every year we are invited to meet with PDC and Colleagues from other Airlines. Being updated on the latest program news and PDC’s plans for the future has great value – but it is also beneficial to meet and discuss with Colleagues.
Kenneth Norling, Operations Controller at Air LEAP
Flight Traffic Monitoring
PDC FlightOps displays the information using different colors to indicate the different status of each flight. This provides the operator with an immediate overview of the operating schedule. Alerts are triggered and made visible in case of disruptions caused by flight departure and arrival delays or diversions.
A dedicated “Flight Traffic Monitor” is available on a secondary screen where all top priorities are monitored and handled. The integrated Gantt display and overall functionality have been designed with a focus on efficient traffic monitoring and disruption handling. If there are no flights on the monitor, there are no delay, weather, ASM or other operational issues pending the dispatcher’s action.
Rule Manager – Keeps track on MEL’s and limitations on performance.
Slot Management – The FlightOps Slot Manager keeps track of the 80/20 rule. Automatically sends cancellation of Slots, avoiding penalties.
Weather Module – Receives weather data from NOAA with METAR and TAF in order to be proactive in managing the Day of Ops.
Flight Message Distribution
Movement information is received either as a standard Type B message, ACARS, E-mail or updates from pilot log in PDC CrewConnex.
The traffic flow is updated automatically as MVT, LDM and other telexes are received in the form of related Sita Type B messages or via E-mail, which can be used instead. The same goes for handling of other standard IATA messages like PNL, PTM, and LDM which can also be received via E-mail.
PDC FlightOps ensures that handling of ad hoc changes are distributed to all internal departments so that they are immediately aware of changes as they happen, eliminating the need for unnecessary paperwork.
Movement messages (MVT), initiated directly from PDC FlightOps will automatically show the relevant MVT message type for the status of the flight. Once completed, the addresses key will produce an address mask in which the relevant addresses can be entered.
Handling of NMOC/CTOT/ATC messages (SAM, SRM, RDY) and delays involving more than one flight can be handled simultaneously. PDC FlightOps adjusts the display, using the minimum turnaround times to assess the effect on subsequent flights. PDC FlightOps also maintains a record of all delayed flights for both arrival and departures. This on-screen information allows operators to view the information by specific date and time periods and switch between departure and arrival delays.
Report Generator – Accurate reporting is a key element for any Airline’s Management. PDC FlightOps includes a Report Generator for generating Statistics and Punctuality Reports (Flight Statistics, Delay Statistics, Load Statistics and Productivity Statistics).
Custom Report – It is possible to create new reports/layout with data from the database.
Flight Disruption Handling
In case of flight operational disruptions, a comprehensive Decision Support Module analyses all the possible repercussions of that irregularity and advises the Operator with a list of possible solutions. These recommendations are tailored to suit your Company Policy and can be rated in order of cost index, individual aircraft delay, fleet disruption, etc. The recommendations fully consider numerous criteria which include, but are not limited to, aircraft capacity, operational or performance limitations, connecting passengers, Aircrew rotation, etc.
This enables the correct decision to be made quickly and efficiently, which minimises passenger inconvenience or limits the overall cost of the disruption.
Problem Solver – In the case of delays or operational disruption, it is possible to get back on track by using the Problem Solver. This can be done within the affected aircraft, aircraft type, sub-type or entire fleet. It is possible to parameterise it so existing maintenance, sectors and connections will be resolved. It is also possible to change the default turnaround time, with x minutes, if feasible. The Problem Solver finds a solution automatically. The Solver will come up with more suggestions and an economic overview of possible scenarios.
Revenue Cost Module – PDC FlightOps can store cost information for calculation of flight sectors and ad hoc changes. These cost factors may be stored against both fixed and variable items and may be assigned to aircraft type, airports and passenger numbers.
- Better on-time performance and increased productivity
- Streamlined operations control and schedules planning from a single source of information