Solving the Babel of Aviation Communications Issues

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In an effort to gain a cost or efficiency advantage—even for the short-term—different airlines and government agencies continue to adopt different IT solutions. This approach has led to a babel of communication protocols, diverse message formats and disparate network systems. To access this scene of confusion, airlines must rely on a combination of legacy and more modern IT architectures as well as legacy Type B and more modern (TCP/IP) messaging suppliers.

The result is daily challenges to an ...

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Why use an OPEN Communication Hub

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AIRS is now installed in about 50% of the regional airlines in North America. Many of these airlines are codeshare partners of major airlines.

AvFinity is currently introducing its Open Communication Hub that addresses the need for simplification, knowledge transfer and collaboration within the logical framework of a major airline and its code-share partners.

With the OPEN Communication Hub, AvFinity simplifies host-to-host and outstation-to-host messaging, data and application communications.

The solution is designed to ...

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3 Key Challenges to ‘Open’ Airline Messaging

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We’re often asked: “What makes AvFinity unique among aviation messaging companies?

We think three qualities stand out that make us stand out in an industry that has long been offered limited choices.

  1. We simplify things: Our communications experts have spent years deconstructing the aviation messaging system in order to better understand its legacy roots and how it functions through today’s cutting edge technologies. As a result of those efforts, we have developed software technology that enables each airline to control its own ...
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Breaking the lock-in of legacy airline messaging

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At a recent IT Summit held in Brussels, Jaan Albrecht, CEO of the STAR Alliance, highlighted one of the aviation industry’s major problems: Type B – a legacy messaging protocol. What became obvious from his message is that airlines need to escape from the lock-in to this type of legacy messaging.

Every day, airlines seek to improve and modernize their communications and messaging systems. The most appropriate way forward is to migrate from legacy proprietary systems and toward adoption of ...

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AvFinity AIRS Adds Air Wisconsin To List of APIS Customers

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Air Wisconsin, the largest privately held regional airline in the U.S., has joined the growing ranks of carriers that have implemented AIRS™ to manage Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) filings for international flights.

AvFinity is an authorized U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) pre-departure message provider. We designed AIRS so that it provides airlines with connectivity to CBP, CARICOM and soon to the Canada ...

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AvFinity’s AIRS APIS Solution Helps a Regional Airline Avoid Costly Fines

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Recently a regional airline was faced with numerous USCBP (United States Customs and Border Protection) fines because of their legacy email method for filing APIS manifests. The airline’s email filing method did not have sufficient checks and balances on the manifests, which caused around three million dollars in USCBP fines to accumulate against the airline.

Fortunately the airline was aware of the issues with the current APIS manifest submission method and had been in contact with AvFinity about our ...

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Don’t Have Your APIS Sender ID?

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AvFinity recently provided timely assistance to a charter jet company that needed to file on the eAPIS website but had not yet received an APIS ID.

This charter operator planned to fly from an airport in Florida to a Caribbean destination and back but didn’t realize it takes 5-8 days for CBP to issue an ID after initial registration. As the charter’s clients were flying in the next morning to immediately take the charter to the Caribbean, ...

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The FAA’s CMHP

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AvFinity recently implemented CMHP (Common Message Handling Protocol) as a replacement for the common legacy X.25 synchronous connection for connectivity to NADIN II. CMHP offers many advantages not previously offered by X.25. Leading the list is the massive throughput advantage in the range of four to six flight filing strips per second.

In addition because CMHP utilizes IP versus the analog X.25 synchronous connection, high availability is enhanced significantly. CMHP allows you to retire the dedicated Telco circuit ...

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AvFinity Announces Preferred Partner Agreement with SITA

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AvFinity is privileged to be selected as a preferred partner of SITA’s operation-critical communications solutions to the air transport community in the U.S. and Canada. We at AvFinity believe the combination of our AvFinity Integrated Router Solution (AIRS) with SITA’s comprehensive messaging services instantly extends unprecedented communications efficiencies to North American air carriers.

SITA’s offerings available to AvFinity as a preferred partner include Type B, Type X, and EDI messaging; SITATEX; and SITATEX software development kit.

This is ...

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