Flight Data Analytics: Year in Review

Boeing's Flight Data Analytics team is excited to share some year-end updates from across our portfolio of data-driven solutions. The last six months of 2023 have been a whirlwind of activity with virtual and in-person events, new customer onboarding, and the release of enhanced features and functionalities.

Check out our recent portfolio news:

- FOQA/FDM, Advanced Safety Analytics, and Insight Accelerator “CONNECT” in Barcelona

- FOQA/FDM and Advanced Safety Analytics User Group

- FOQA/FDM and Advanced Safety Analytics: Latest Features

- Insight Accelerator Welcomes Korean Air

- Dashboard Editor: Drill Down Functionality Enabled

- SSA Introduces New Features

FOQA/FDM, Advanced Safety Analytics and Insight Accelerator “CONNECT” in Barcelona

 

At the end of September, the Flight Data Analytics team flew to Barcelona to showcase our FOQA/FDM, Advanced Safety Analytics (ASA) and Insight Accelerator (IA) solutions at Boeing’s annual global CONNECT event. Over the course of the two-day event, attendees were able to attend keynote and breakout sessions, engage with industry thought leaders and Boeing team members, plus get hands-on demos with Boeing solutions in the connection zone.

On day one, the Flight Data Analytics – FOQA/FDM team presented to members of airline tech and flight operations on the product’s two separate modules: FOQA/FDM, a basic, traditional flight data monitoring tool and Advanced Safety Analytics (ASA). Joining the team was new customer Equair, who shared their implementation experiences and the results they have realized using the FOQA/FDM solution. During the presentation, customers also learned how the ASA solution expands beyond traditional functionality by incorporating additional flight and tech ops data sources, such as weather and airport conditions, to provide deeper insight into flight events. These events include long landings, go-around phases, energy state and unstable approaches, taxi risks, and hard landings.

Insight Accelerator session from CONNECT in Barcelona

On the second day of CONNECT, current customer ANA joined the IA team to discuss how their airline leverages IA to enhance their maintenance operations and achieve time and cost savings through accurate and targeted prognostics created within the solution. The audience learned how IA employs augmented analytics to make advanced technologies, like machine learning and AI, accessible to both expert and citizen data scientists. They also discovered how IA delivers higher-quality prognostics, resulting in up to 90% precision and recall. A picture from the Insight Accelerator breakout session is on the right.

Insight Accelerator’s capabilities were also showcased in a predictive maintenance breakout session, along with the Self-Service Analytics (SSA), and Airplane Health Management (AHM) solutions. Customers gained insight into how these products work together and provide tailored solutions that suit individual airline objectives, data science maturity, and resource levels.

CONNECT is always a fantastic experience and we are grateful for the opportunity to demonstrate and share our products with existing and potential customers. The exchange of ideas and the ability to further learn about the operational pain points across different airlines is invaluable to our product development initiatives.

FOQA/FDM and Advanced Safety Analytics User Group

 

In Q3, the FOQA/FDM product team hosted its first user group, bringing together customer airlines from around the world to discuss their experiences with solution’s two modules: FOQA/FDM, a basic flight data monitoring tool and Advanced Safety Analytics (ASA), which enables proactive data driven decisions that expand beyond traditional analysis. Held over two virtual sessions to accommodate different time zones, the FOQA/FDM user group provided the opportunity for customers to share their success stories, best practices, and provide input for the product roadmap and future features and functionalities. The event also allowed participants to network and collaborate with their peers at other airlines.

Given the success of the first user group, the FOQA/FDM team is looking forward to planning the next virtual or in-person meeting in early 2024.

FOQA/FDM and Advanced Safety Analytics: Latest Features


This year, the FOQA/FDM team released several updates to the solution’s two modules. They included new features and capabilities to enhance the user experience and functionality of the platform.

FOQA/FDM:

  • Event / Flight List Filters - provides more flexibility in the safety analyst list view.
  • Event Creation and Configuration UI - provides customers with the ability to self- customize the platform to their unique flight monitoring needs.
  • New Parameters Analysis Cockpit Updates:
    • Revamped the page and created a more comprehensive way of visualizing second by second data, both graphical and within a table layout.
    • Information can now be played in synchronization with the flight animation.
    • Made it easier for the safety analyst to follow the flight path and validate an exceedance.

A woman sits in front of two computer screensAdvanced Safety Analytics:

  • Custom Data Points:
    • Provides the ability for customers to define platform datapoints using flight information and contextual data.
    • Data Dictionary:
      • Provides the ability to view existing defined data points on the platform.
      • Gives customers access to over 1,500 existing data points for custom analysis.
    • Data Quality Tools:
      • Enables data guardrails and other data quality tools to filter QAR/CPL data quality issues.

Insight Accelerator Welcomes Korean Air


In late September, we were proud to announce that Korean Air has adopted Insight Accelerator (IA) to enhance predictive maintenance operations across their entire 787 fleet. Boeing and Korean Air will work together to leverage IA to interpret full flight data, identify patterns of part degradation or failure, and leverage powerful machine learning capabilities to drive more informed fleet maintenance decisions. The IA team recently met with Korean Air to demo the latest custom data point features.  Read the full article here.

Dashboard Editor: Drill Down Function Enabled

 

Dashboard Editor is a feature that is used across the Boeing Flight Data Analytics solutions, providing customers with the tools to create custom dashboards and charts for tailored reporting. In the Advanced Safety Analytics and Insight Accelerator solutions, DE enables users to apply modeling, triggers, filters, and visualization options to parameters, and include new, calculated values to customize analysis.

The DE team recently introduced Drill Down functionality for a more detailed and granular view within the datasets they are analyzing, as seen here:


Examples of custom charts and dashboards for tailored reporting.

With Drill Down analysis enabled, customers can quickly jump to a second level of analysis from a summary display without having to create separate widgets, saving hours of manual customization work.

Flight Data Analytics customers leverage Dashboard Editor to extract and communicate powerful insights in a manner that is meaningful and efficient for their unique operating environment – and new features and updates are available on a regular basis.

Self-Service Analytics Introduces New Features


Airlines face a range of challenges when processing and managing large amounts of data. The Self-Service Analytics (SSA) solution enables maintenance planners, reliability engineers, technical service engineers and aircraft operation center users to easily and securely monitor aircraft service trends, identify performance anomalies, investigate root cause, and perform custom analysis – by parameter, tail, data collection group, flight phase, and issue group.

The Aircraft Condition Monitoring System (ACMS) samples, monitors, and records data parameters from significant aircraft systems and components, allowing operators to identify the type of fault and the instant when a defect appears in a particular component. Equipped with these insights, operators can plan maintenance activities in real-time and avoid potential failures and their consequences.

In SSA, ACMS/Snapshot Data provides select Airplane Health Management (AHM) customers with access to 31+ data fields for custom analysis and 36 months of data for all Boeing models, including 787, 777, 737 Max and 747-8 – along with the newly added 737 NG and 747-400.

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