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Flight Operations

The term ‘flight operations’ encompasses the processes and procedures carried out by airlines, operators and airports during each stage of flight. This can include, but is not limited to:

  • Aircraft communications
  • Flight planning
  • Passenger data transfer
  • Flight support services
  • Scheduling
  • ATC communications

More information about passenger data transfer.

Regulatory conditions and aviation security compliance

A flight operations team often have to follow a framework of regulations set by government authorities and border agencies. Part of this may be the capture, storage and transfer of passenger data prior to flight departure as a part of an enhanced air transport security program.

An increasing number of countries are participating in the Advance Passenger Information initiative, in order to screen passengers in advance of travel. Mandatory in the U.S., significant fines are in place for failure to comply with regulatory requirements of up to $5000 per passenger.

In the UK, airlines must comply with the exchange of interactive Authority to Carry Requests and responses with Border agencies, and in 2016, agreed to the mandatory exchange of API data with Ireland in a collaborative attempt to track persons of interest around the world.

Find out more about Authority to Carry Requests.

In addition to fines, flights may be grounded while passengers and their baggage is removed from the aircraft, resulting in expensive ground delays.

The requirement of the provision of Passenger Name Records is also in place in many countries, with similar consequences for non-compliance.

More about Passenger Name Records.

Passenger data exchange is also regulated across the world, with requirements for the secure collection, storage and transfer of data.

Advance Passenger Information System secures the transfer of passenger

The Advance Passenger Information System, also known as APIS in the aviation industry, is the internationally-accepted standard method of passenger data exchange, relied upon to transmit millions of pieces of passenger data every day.

Find out more about Advance Passenger Information System (APIS).

Using APIS aviation security software enables airlines to exchange passenger data reliably, securely and fast – typically within one second.

Providers of APIS are obligated to provide flight operations management with the means to conduct passenger data transfer under strict conditions, in order for their customers to meet with mandatory regulations.

More about passenger data exchange.

How Rockwell Collins’ ARINC AviSec airline operations software can help

For the secure and reliable handling of flight operations airline passenger data, thousands of customers rely on Rockwell Collins’ ARINC AviSec aviation security software. Operating over the largest private global network, AviSec offers airlines a high-performance solution at a flat monthly rate, delivering cost effective passenger data transfer for air transport security.

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See also:

ARINC AviSec Commercial
Advance Passenger Information Guide

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