New apps for air­line pi­lots


Rolls-Royce has launched a range of new apps to give air­line pi­lots a bet­ter in­sight into their en­gines.

Key features in­clude in­for­ma­tion re­lat­ing to oil con­sump­tion, op­er­at­ing en­gines in a va­ri­ety of en­vi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions and man­ag­ing de­r­ate.

The apps are de­signed for tablet de­vices with An­droid, iOS or Win­dows op­er­at­ing sys­tems. They are be­ing made avail­able through Google Play, iTunes and Mi­crosoft Store. Pi­lots will be re­quested to con­firm their de­tails with Roll­sRoyce to en­able use.

Tom Palmer, Roll­sRoyce Se­nior Vice Pres­i­den­tSer­vices, Civil Aero­space, said, “We want to pro­vide cus­tomers with ser­vice ex­cel­lence and to do that we need to work ever more closely with them. This app – which we be­lieve is unique in the in­dus­try – is an­other ex­am­ple of that, shar­ing best prac­tice with the pi­lot and flight oper­a­tions com­mu­nity and sup­port­ing our goal that ev­ery Rolls-Royce pow­ered air­craft ef­fi­ciently takes off and lands on time, ev­ery time.”

The first apps avail­able cover the Trent XWB, which pow­ers the Air­bus A350XWB and the Trent 1000 which pow­ers the Boe­ing 787 Dream­liner. Both air­craft man­u­fac­tur­ers have sup­ported the app de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme. Fur­ther apps for the Trent 900, Trent 700 and Trent 7000 will fol­low in the com­ing months.

Phill O’Dell, Roll­sRoyce Di­rec­tor of Flight Oper­a­tions, said, “It is com­ple­men­tary to the work we al­ready do with air­line flight oper­a­tions teams and re­in­forces the pro­cesses al­ready in place, but pro­vides in­for­ma­tion in a fresh, user-friendly, in­ter­ac­tive for­mat.”

There are just un­der 4,000 Rolls-Royce en­gines in ser­vice to­day and this is ex­pected to in­crease to around 8,000 by 2027.

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