Deployment of electronic technical logs (ETLs) in electronic flight bags (EFBs) is highly desirable but can take time. CrossConsense, which makes the ETL Crossmos, sold the intellectual property rights to its ETL software to Boeing in 2018. The airframe OEM plans to integrate CROSSMOS with its airplane health management and other tools. Meanwhile, CrossConsense is working with a number of its own potential ETL customers.
“We developed the eTechlog to accommodate the needs of all aircraft operators, for all fleet types,” explains CrossConsense CEO Udo Stapf. “During the last couple of months, we have signed a number of new contracts and are seeing increasing interest in Crossmos from airlines.”
At the same time, integration of ETLs with analytic applications could be very important to operators that plan to go fully paperless in the future. So, “together with Boeing, we see unlimited possibilities not only to integrate into already existing software solutions, but also to integrate into avionics and aircraft systems to enable data capturing, including real-time fault reporting, directly from the airplane itself.”
Thus Boeing plans to use Crossmos as the foundation of its new Boeing Mobile Logbook and has laid out a long-term roadmap integrating Crossmos with airplane health management, maintenance performance toolbox, STREAM, Jeppesen FliteDeck Pro and Jeppesen Aviator. “The sequence of integration and introduction into service will be based on customer feedback and market demand,” Stapf says.
Before the Boeing deal, Swiss International Air Lines went live with Crossmos in January 2016 and Edelweiss went live in 2017. And CrossConsense has now signed its own contracts with Aegean, AeroLogic, Air Dolomiti, Alitalia, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa, and Lufthansa CityLine, all of which are expected to go live this year or next.
But implementation can take some time. Stapf says an un-customized version of Crossmos can be implemented in two months. But airlines have their own procedures and usually want tailored implementations, which take a year to achieve. Carriers must decide on hardware, train users, manage changes and work with regulators, all of which take time. Nevertheless, Stapf is seeing indications that many more airlines will adopt ETL software in the future.
Boeing plans to release an iOS version of its Mobile Logbook in the fourth quarter of 2019. And CrossConsense is working on a new Check page in Crossmos. Pre-flight checks have been included in Crossmos from the beginning, but now there will be other checks such as daily checks, weekly checks, departure checks, and special cabin checks.