Posted on: 06 August 2015 by Ross McSweeny
Smart4Aviation has announced the successful implementation of its Smart LOAD automated load planning and weight-and-balance solution by Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, Horizon Air, Martinair and Sky Regional Airlines (pictured).
Smart LOAD (together with its integrated Smart COMM system) is claimed to be the industry’s first fully automated “Exception Based” weight-and-balance solution which fully automates the entire load planning, monitoring and execution process. Through the union of the Smart LOAD and Smart COMM applications, tasks such as loading restrictions, irregularity handling, and direct communication “are no longer challenges for any airline,” says the company.
As the system receives real-time information from the flight planning, passenger reservation, check-in baggage, cargo, as well as other systems, Smart LOAD automatically performs weight-and-balance calculations which are continually recalculated throughout the loading process. Once certain pre-defined milestones or thresholds are achieved, the system will re-issue new fuel, loading instructions and/or final load number to the crew.
The solution is designed to ensure the best possible centre of gravity and the exception-based functionality means that the only time that any part of loading process requires manual interaction is when one of the exception rules is broken, If no rules are broken, Smart LOAD will complete the entire process from issuing estimated zero fuel weight, fuel to the supplier, loading instructions to the ramp, issue final numbers to the crew plus any other departure messages.