FliteTrak Brings Predictive Maintenance to Aerospace

ViatorAero can monitor individual seats for temperature, passenger movement and seatbelt closure as well as lock overhead containers, detect mobile phone activation and provide an environmental overview of the entire cabin interior.

FliteTrak joint managing director Trevor Lea
FliteTrak joint managing director Trevor Lea
Developers of aviation’s first working ‘smart seating’ technology are set for a Europe wide lift-off despite the UK’s Brexit from the EU.
Hampshire and Buckinghamshire-based FliteTrak is leading the way with its cutting-edge ViatorAero which streams live information from airline seating and cabins directly into the hands of attendants and pilots.
It can monitor individual seats for temperature, passenger movement and seatbelt closure as well as lock overhead containers, detect mobile phone activation and provide an environmental overview of the entire cabin interior.
ViatorAero also brings predictive maintenance benefits for greater fleet efficiency and continuous service.
 
The company is working with two aviation interior companies to develop seating for the market. It is also joining forces with The Institute of Experimental Psychophysiology in Dusseldorf on passenger comfort analysis using data from ViatorAero.
 
FliteTrak executives recently attended the Airline Purchasing and Maintenance Expo at Olympia in London, with positive discussions taking place with a key UK aerospace company.
 
They will also be at the Paris Airshow from June 16 to 25 in Hall 2b on stand F158.
 
Trevor Lea, joint managing director of FliteTrak, said: “Innovative technology delivering personalised service for passengers and efficiencies for airlines is the future of air travel.
 
“Underpinned by award-winning core technology, ViatorAero is aviation’s first ‘smart’ remote condition monitoring system of its kind which has been proven to work.
 
“It is unique technology which propels the Internet of Things into the sky, giving visionary airlines and suppliers the edge in an increasingly competitive market.
 
“Now we are working with leading aircraft interior companies to bring ViatorAero to market on a pan-European basis.
 
“Although based in the UK, the impact of Brexit will be minimal with strong continental relationships and clients in place, and an ambitious long-term growth strategy.”
 
FliteTrak unveiled ViatorAero at the Hamburg Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) 2017 in April.
 
The cutting-edge technology ­­uses wireless, lightweight sensors below seats.
 
Live data is sent to a flight attendant’s tablet, FAP or mobile device showing individual seat and cabin activity. 
 
Examples of ViatorAero use:
· Highlights to attendants which passengers have seatbelts open.  This can save valuable time during visual checking, especially during turbulence. 
· Movement sensors to allow monitoring of passengers who are unwell, in need of assistance, agitated or disruptive.
· Passenger movement during flights can be analysed after the flight
· Logging of broken equipment such as trays, seatbelts and screens can be recorded and the data transmitted to maintenance crews for rapid correction
 
Data is also logged for later analysis and can provide useful information to help improve maintenance turnaround times on major components and enhance the flying experience for passengers.
 
ViatorAero is based on advanced iBlox technology which uses small sensors to monitor any function on an asset.
 
FliteTrak is based in the UK with its head office in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, and its innovations hub at Solent Business Park in Whiteley, Hampshire.
 
All of its systems, sensors and services are designed and managed in the UK with security and data integrity of paramount importance.
The names of the partner companies have not been disclosed at this point for commercial reasons.
Visit http://www.flitetrak.com and http://www.aircraftinteriorsexpo.com/ or emailsales@FliteTrak.com and call +44(0)1494 432444 for more details.  Follow FliteTrak on Twitter under @flitetrak.
Watch the FliteTrak ViatorAero video at https://youtu.be/v1dk_6gp4pw or https://vimeo.com/212778673
Visit FliteTrak at the Paris Airshow from June 16 to 25 in Hall 2b on stand F158.
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