Atech and DECEA introduce Flight Plan submission via Mobile Devices

12 January 2018

The FPL-BR app went operational on last October, 23, and already shows in excess of 11,000 downloads from Google Play and Apple Store. It's an advanced tool for filing, validation, presentation and updating of flight plans via the internet and got widespread accolade from the flying community.

Both Civil and Military Pilots, as well as other interested parties, may freely download the iOS or Android version of the application, developed jointly by the Brazilian Commission for implementation of the airspace control system (CISCEA) and Atech, of Group Embraer. Actual Flight Plan filing, of course, is subject to previous registration with the Air Navigation Management Center and the appropriate Permit by the aviation Authorities.

Through "FPL-BR" pilots may further consult their flight plans and submit related messages, such as changes (CHG) and delays (DLA), with corresponding notifications of approval or rejection by Air Traffic Control, as well as cancellations (CNL). The app also allows for integration with systems of airport management and civil aviation supervisory agencies, e.g., for checking regularity of aircraft registry and other administrative situations. Indeed, a wealth of data may be accessed nationwide, including weather and aerodrome information, sunrise and sunset tables, all summing up for sound enhancement of the whole flight planning process and therefore generating positive impacts to safety.

The official introduction of the FPL-BR app in the Brazilian airspace control system was preceded by a 6 months test period, performed by over 2,000 civil and military pilots, on a voluntary basis. These "early users" provided many useful opinions, of paramount significance for the successful introduction and almost astonishing current acceptance of the system.

DECEA, the Brazilian ANSP, received very positive comments and feedback regarding the FPL-BR app, which is obviously another good example of the modernization of air navigations services in this part of the world. Atech's experience and track record with flight data processing systems, combined with its operational and technical expertise, were instrumental in developing the FPL-BR app and solving the challenge of seamless integration of flight planning with air traffic control and flow management operations. As a turnkey provider, Atech will also manage and support all future evolutions of FPL-BR app, for example, in the context of the advanced "Flight Object" concepts and fully integrated information management.

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