The Oceanic Position Tracking Improvement & Monitoring (OPTIMI) project was launched by the SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU) after the tragic accident of Air France Flight 447, that occurred over the South Atlantic in June 2009, showed improvements were needed in the monitoring of air traffic in oceanic and remote low density airspace and in coordination between Air Traffic Control (ATC) and Search and Rescue (SAR) services in these oceanic areas.

FLYHTStream™ is a proprietary Emergency Streaming Mode providing proactive risk management for aircraft awareness and incident analysis.  FLYHTStream automatically transmits four-dimensional GPS-based position and flight data recorder information when automatically triggered by an airborne event, initiated in the air by the pilot or on the ground by the airline. The real-time streaming of critical flight data to the ground creates a “virtual black box”, allowing the data to be analyzed immediately.

The Business Case for FLYHTStream

Alerting & Improved Search and Rescue Reaction Times  – Personnel are automatically notified via an urgent email, text message, or through visual or audible notification on FLYHT’s UpTime™, airline operations software, or flight tracking suites. This is important since it eliminates the chance of key personnel being unaware of an emergency due to misinterpreted maintenance messages that may not indicate the severity of the incident. Data can be immediately analyzed in order to determine the severity of the situation. With immediate event reporting and position tracking it is possible to enhance the provision of appropriate procedures and resources to improve SAR reaction times.

Immediate Analysis & Diagnosis – When FLYHTStream is activated, an automated process sends real-time position and critical flight data recorder (FDR, black box) information to the ground. Flight Data Parameters, as determined by aircraft type, are transmitted including: location, altitude, airspeed, pitch, roll, yaw, engine information, and airframe indicators. The data arrives from the aircraft within 15 seconds of the event. Streaming is critical for building situational awareness of an airborne event in progress, or for post flight analysis in cases where the FDR cannot be recovered.

Unlike conventional aircraft messaging systems, FLYHTStream is available worldwide with no gaps in coverage.