Star­tups helped to take flight

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - BUSINESS - CLAIRE HEANEY

START-UPS, “scale-ups” and dig­i­tal dis­rupters have a chance to rev up their busi­ness idea through a joint project be­tween Qan­tas and the Sling­shot Ac­cel­er­a­tor ser­vice.

Ap­pli­ca­tions are now open for the air­line’s Avro Ac­cel­er­a­tor pro­gram, which is in its sec­ond year.

Un­der the pro­gram, Qan­tas looks to sup­port in­no­va­tions that could help the car­rier and its em­ploy­ees.

En­trepreneur Chris Tip­pett com­pleted the pro­gram last year and has launched a startup busi­ness, Aeroster.

With a pi­lot for a fa­ther, Mr Tip­pett said the fam­ily strug­gled to keep up with his ros­ter and its var­i­ous air­line codes, in­ter­na­tional-date-line de­tail and other hard-to-read and of­ten cryp­tic in­for­ma­tion.

“Draw­ing on my own ex­pe­ri­ences, Aeroster was founded to make com­plex tech­ni­cal ros­ters easy to un­der­stand and con­ve­nient to use, so pi­lots and cabin crew can share with their loved ones where they are and when they’ll be home,” he said.

Mr Tip­pett, a tech­nol­ogy con­sul­tant, ap­plied for and was cho­sen to par­tic­i­pate in the ac­cel­er­a­tor pro­gram in Syd­ney.

He es­ti­mates there are as many as 22,000 Aus­tralian pi­lots and cabin crew who could make use of the app.

The app costs pi­lots and cabin crew and their ex­tended fam­i­lies, who want to be able to share their ros­ter, $4 each a month.

It is de­signed to be in­tu­itive in the way it tracks times and dates and pro­vides real-time flight track­ing. Mr Tip­pett said the app was be­ing used by all his fam­ily mem­bers.

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