19 Mar 2017

Ultramain Helps Exploit Big Aircraft Data

Ultramain has provided the maintenance and engineering software for Cathay Pacific Airways. Its electronic logbook (ELB) application installed on A350 Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs) helped Cathay with the new aircraft’s entry into service.

Ultramain President Mark McCausland explains that his ELB is designed to operate onboard in a standalone mode while disconnected, or when connected to ground systems. The Ultramain ELB complies with SPEC2000’s Chapter 17, which defines the two-way interface standard with M&E systems. The application thus ensures redundancy and reliability whether operating in connected or standalone mode.

“We worked with Cathay Pacific Airways for their A350 entry-into-service project where the software operates on the front glass,” McCausland says. The A350’s EFB display is on main panels in front of pilots, not on a separate, side-mounted EFB. But Ultramain has also worked with Boeing on multiple 787 entry-into-service projects with the side-mounted 787 EFB.

The Ultramain president says other A350 entry-into service projects are coming up. And he as a number of mobile-device implementations underway with Ultramain’s ELB 2.0. The new version uses lessons learned from ten years of experience with Ultramain’s ELB 1.0 and works with mobile devices as well as built-in EFBs.

The Ultramain software is designed to support any aircraft model because it is data-driven. McCausland says its takes only a few weeks to adapt the ELB for a new model or type.

In addition to ELB 2.0, Ultramain offers other mobile apps, Mobile Mechanic, Mobile Inventory and Mobile Executive. The company has been picking up customers and has more in the pipeline. McCausland says his firm is hiring at most of its locations in Ireland, India, Hong Kong, Singapore and in the U.S.

Source : Aviation Week Network | Penton

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