SkedFlex offers several additional modules which automate and streamline different aspects of crew and operations management. With the addition of these modules, SkedFlex becomes a very powerful all-in-one crew, flight, and operations management system. These modules can also be mixed and matched in any combination, greatly increasing the range of actions that can be performed in SkedFlex. Included modules are available at no additional cost.
eTT Aviation has partnered with Sisense, a worldwide leader in business intelligence (BI), to integrate BI across the entire SkedFlex Air Operations Suite. The SkedFlex Business Intelligence module provides the tools to exponentially improve situational awareness and evaluation of data by joining multiple, disparate data sources and processing them using state of the art analytics engines. The SkedFlex BI module is so robust, scalable, and adaptable, that any number of complex reports is handled with unparalleled speed and minimal system impact.
eTT Aviation has also innovated an “Intelligence Marketplace” which is a private community where SkedFlex customers browse for free BI reports and buy reports other airlines have created. And when a customer chooses to create a new report, a substantial portion of the proceeds goes back to that customer to recoup the development time and effort.
The SkedFlex Qualification and Training module provides the ability to automate flight crew training, currency and qualifications, by providing the ability to create and view a wide variety of qualifications (including One-Time, Recurring, Threshold, or Currency). Master qualifications can also be created. Administrators and schedulers can track, schedule, and sign off on qualification completion events easily and intuitively.
The Training Scheduling page allows training managers and supervisors to see and manage training from a summary page and see the status of all crewmembers under their control. Training completion dates can be tracked, including base, grace and early month calculations when applicable. Shifts and Trips of crewmembers will be displayed on the page, along with schedule codes to assist in assigning Training events. Warning notifications can be auto-generated and sent to the crewmember, training manager or any other interested party.
The Go/No Go page summarizes the qualifications, currencies, flight time and duty issues for all crew members scheduled on any given day. A scheduler can see a problem with a qualification, identify exactly what the issue is, solve the issue, and notify anyone who needs to be notified, all within minutes.
The SkedFlex Crew Pay Module allows for crew input, supervisor approval and proper accounting of various factors in order to automatically determine crewmember pay. Many pay factors can be auto-calculated, meaning both crewmembers and administrators will need to spend less time filling out forms. The automated Crew Pay Module is extremely accurate.
The Pay Module allows for the creation of pay triggers that can be set up to either automatically activate in the appropriate circumstance, or be manually activated. A pay rate table can be set up that can be used for determining hourly pay based on position and company longevity. New pay codes can be added at any point, without incurring any additional cost.
Pay data can also be exported as required into specified formats for upload into an external payroll system, such as Ultimate Software’s UltiPro system.
The SkedFlex Line Bidding Module allows crew schedulers to build lines of flying and reserve shifts for monthly bidding by the crewmembers and publish them for bidding. Crewmembers can then preference the bid lines for their category (Base/Equipment/Position) during a bidding window using drag/drop capability and/or using criteria from a standing bid. After the bid window closes, a crew scheduler sees the bid lines for each category listed with crew in seniority order allowing line repair operations before assigned lines are published.
Allocation of flying and reserve coverage can be better controlled through line leveling techniques of bid lines before publishing to crewmembers for bidding. Crewmember morale and quality of life is improved because their personal desires as well as their seniority are factored into the scheduling process.
The SkedFlex Fleet Management module provides aircraft schedulers and maintenance personnel the comprehensive tools they need to create and manage aircraft fleet schedules for both aircraft and, arriving in 2017, other schedulable assets. The module consists of two major components: Aircraft Inspections Tracking and Fleet Schedule Management. It creates customized inspection types and assigns them to aircraft using an intuitive interface. Total aircraft time, cycles, and calendar data is readily available. Display of relevant information is provided in several formats for ease of interpretation. The inspection data “heats up,” providing visual indication of approaching inspection intervals.
This module also integrates inspection tracking to display comprehensive aircraft scheduling and maintenance information in one place. Alternate easily between day-of operations and long-range scheduling to manage the fleet or schedulable assets. Swap aircraft or assets as needed to improve utilization or recover from unplanned maintenance, routing, or weather events. The Fleet Schedule page view options provide multiple levels of detail and functionality to promote efficient workflows, and when combined with the capability to import flight schedules routing problems become apparent, and resolutions are as simple as drag and drop.
Maintaining schedule integrity for arriving and departing flights requires the timely orchestration of sequential events. Running late on so much as a single event can delay an entire operation. Quick remediation of problems is the key to getting back on track when something goes wrong, and alerting and activating the right people at the earliest possible time is essential.
The Airport Operations Management module was developed to provide the command, control, reporting, and delay remediation functions necessary to ensure on-time airport arrival and departure operations.
A graphical listing of events across a Gantt-style interface readily displays event completion, delay, and remediation statuses. Real-time data collection, notification and alerting of event statuses means operations personnel on the local, regional, national, or global level are compelled to take action at the first sign of trouble.
Coupled with business intelligence, powered by Sisense, the Airport Operations Management module further provides granular analysis of operations – and with it, the ability to improve scheduling integrity, efficiency, resource management, frequency of operations, and profitability.