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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter Qantas is gearing up for the rollout of inflight Wi-Fi on about 100 of its domestic aircraft.As part of the work happening behind the scenes, its Flight Operations and Engineering teams are looking at how they can use inflight connectivity to improve aspects of your flight beyond Instagram and live sport. Here’s some examples:Reducing turbulence – At the moment, pilots download the latest weather maps on their iPads just before takeoff. They also have onboard radar to help them track storms as well as getting any major updates via radio. Having internet in the cockpit takes this to the next level. Pilots can stream richer information on real-time weather conditions expected along the flight path. They can use this to dodge areas of turbulence and make better use of tailwinds to reduce flying time.Real-time maintenance – Modern aircraft generate huge amounts of data. A single hour of flying can create several gigabytes of information from hundreds of sensors, particularly from the engines. Pilots are alerted to anything important, but a lot of other data can’t really be accessed until the aircraft is on the ground. By streaming this information back to base via the internet, our engineers can closely monitor the technical performance of the aircraft in real-time and be ready if something needs attention. If they detect a replacement part is needed (like, a new fuel filter) they’ll get a head start on making sure it’s available when the aircraft lands.New connections – When flights are delayed, it causes problems for passengers who have an onward connection. Qantas have a team inside its Integrated Operations Centre that looks after rebooking passengers when this happens, but you often can’t get this information until you land. With onboard Wi-Fi, we’re looking at sending passengers an updated itinerary inflight so that they have more certainty and can make any other arrangements ahead of time.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img

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