How SkyNet Flight Records Management improves your operations.


Flight data is the lifeblood of any successful aviation organisation. What your aircraft are doing now, what they did yesterday, where they are, what the status is of every cost and compliance factor involved – it’s all flight data and it’s all crucial.

To achieve efficient and profitable operations, you must streamline the processes of how you capture and capitalise on all the disparate pieces of information.

The Flight Records Management module for SkyNet’s REACH Aero Day Of Operations platform is designed to do just that. But what exactly is Flight Records Management and how can it benefit you?

Here’s everything you need to know about SkyNet’s Flight Records Management module: what it is, how it works, and how you can harness the ethos of “knowledge is power” for operational success in aviation.

What is Flight Records Management?

Accurate flight records delivered back to base in a timely manner are essential to the running of any aircraft fleet. You need to know flight times, crew information, client details and more. You also must have the ability to process and report on this information.

The Flight Records Management module for SkyNet’s REACH Aero Day Of Operations platform is a powerful tool that records and aggregates flight data in real time. Wherever and however the data is generated, the Flight Records Management module can integrate it all into a single, powerful stream of live data.

This breakthrough in immediate reporting allows fleet managers to maintain proper engineering standards, flight crew duty times, billing cycles and more. It also ensures all records are maintained through a centralised process.

SkyNet CEO Jon Davis says the module means you can stop the rounds of inter-departmental email chains and scraping multiple spreadsheets. Instead, all reporting is pulled from REACH Aero Day Of Operations itself.

“We have called this REACH Aero module Flight Records Management because it goes far beyond what is usually called flight history,” Davis says.

“Rather, we see that Flight Records Management better sums up the benefits for clients who are offered a richer, deeper understanding of all their flight data.”

How SkyNet aggregates flight data

In essence, the SkyNet Flight Records Management module is a data warehouse that aggregates and structures data from multiple sources. This aggregation facilitates analytical reporting and comparison with an eye toward greater business intelligence.

Crucially, data warehouses differ from standard operational databases in their design. While databases are optimised to maintain the accuracy of data through rapid updates, data warehouses are designed to give a longer term view.

This trade-off of transaction volume prioritises data aggregation, allowing businesses to better understand the nuances of the data that’s collected.

The importance of flight data

Flight data is the backbone of successful aviation in the 21st Century. It ensures safe and smooth day-to-day operations while giving valuable insights into the future.

At SkyNet, we developed the Flight Records Management module because we could see that while operators like you increasingly had access to new sources of data, there was little in the way of solutions to harness it all.

However, now with the Flight Records Management module, you can:

  • Assign flight categories
  • Connect client contract IDs
  • Apply client billing record profiles
  • Record flight time
  • Connect pilot and crew information
  • and more

Simply, SkyNet’s Flight Records Management module turns the data you’re generating into an asset you can use. You’re able to generate specific reports, connect different records and maintain your data in a centralised location.

A boon for remote operators

The Flight Records Management module really shines when applied to remote flight operations. With its ability to centralise and update data records in real-time, operators with multiple remote bases will never find themselves in the lurch when it comes to crucial flight records. All flight data remains accessible and relevant.

The module also suits operators where the consumption of flight time depends on the customer and job specifics. Because all records can be linked directly to the client, all reporting maintains context and specificity.

Real-time data at your fingertips

By design, the module combines the agility of a centralised database with the robustness of a data warehouse. All flight data is recorded in real-time via satellite or ADS-B receiver, ensuring the data being accessed is up to date, relevant and correct. This, in turn, ensures that all reporting is accurate to-the-minute, from takeoff to touchdown.

Real-time, centralised flight data facilitates better end-to-end business processes, from management strategy to billing to maintenance.

Need a way to streamline your billing processes? Flight Records Management can fast-track your flight reporting, so you can bill your clients as soon as the skids or wheels touch the ground.

Need to automate your maintenance procedures? Flight Records Management lets you better track your engineering standards.

Bill on time, every time

Streamlined billing processes are the holy grail for any aviation business. Any tool that helps you bill your clients faster is one worth taking note of, so SkyNet’s Flight Records Management module should pique your interest.

“A lot of the problems customers talk to us about are around being unable to effectively bill their end customers in a reasonable amount of time,” Davis says.

“With Flight Records Management, as soon as their accounting team wishes to extract the data, it is available.

“You are not waiting for paperwork to be filed from someone operating in the jungle and then delivered to base by courier. Sometimes that takes weeks and you carry that unbillled work on your books.”

In achieving this streamlined process, Flight Records Management is able to flag any aircraft threshold state within its system. This means data is collected at engine start, wheels up, touchdown and so on.

All relevant flight data is then copied via satellite to the centralised data warehouse. From there, you’re just a short report generation away from billing your client using your preferred accounting software.

Part of a bigger picture

The SkyNet Flight Records Management module is part of the overall REACH Aero Day of Operations suite. This solution subscription service comes with the full set of tools you need to build, deploy and edit flight routes, schedules and flight numbers. It also lets you see your full global fleet disposition in real time from one easy view.

Crucial as it is, Flight Records Management is just one component in the larger game of running your fleet, so SkyNet is there to ensure you have all your bases covered.

From evaluating post-flight performance to turn-around reporting, the SkyNet REACH Aero Day of Operations suite can do it all.

Ready to try SkyNet Flight Records Management?

With SkyNet’s Flight Records Management module, you’ll ensure your flight records are up-to-date, centralised and ready for reporting. It will shift the goalposts in your operations.All you have to do is contact us to learn how it can help. To find out more about Flight Records Management, contact the team at SkyNet.