Inmarsat has certified PACE’s Pacelab Flight Profile Optimizer (FPO) application for use in its SwiftBroadband-Safety (SB-S) platform to provide real-time flight optimisation updates.

The certification was granted through Inmarsat’s Aviation Certified Application Provider (CAP) Programme that offers several connected operations and safety applications.

It will allow airlines to focus on digitisation without worrying about the integration of third-party applications.

The Pacelab FPO uses live aircraft and weather data to keep the flight crews informed on the most cost-efficient speeds and altitudes to fly.

The Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) application uses real-time IP connectivity provided by Inmarsat SB-S to evaluate live weather, avionics and aircraft performance information to optimise step climbs and step descents, as well as improve efficiency.

“Our airline customers can now make use of Pacelab Flight Profile Optimizer to inform better decision-making in the air.”

It is designed to enable flight crews to respond quickly to unexpected situations or identify a more efficient altitude en route, reducing fuel consumption and flight delays.

Inmarsat Aviation Safety and Operational Services vice-president John Broughton said: “PACE is already an important player in the EFB world and serves many of the world’s leading airlines.

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“We are delighted to welcome them on board as a certified application provider for Inmarsat’s SB-S platform.

“Our airline customers can now make use of Pacelab Flight Profile Optimizer to inform better decision-making in the air, reaping tangible rewards in the form of improved on-time performance, fuel savings and reduced emissions.”

Inmarsat’s SB-S is delivered using a constellation of L-band satellite payloads.

In April this year, SB-S entered commercial service as a global aviation broadband solution for operations and safety communications for airlines worldwide.

Airbus has selected the platform as a Light Cockpit Satcom (LCS) solution for its A320 and A330 families of aircraft.