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Live Data Available To Ground Ops From Flights.

Mon Nov 21, 2005 2:03 am

I have heard that you can download a lot of useful information from software on the flight decks after flights, but is there any system that would allow ground ops to take data from an aircraft already in flight if there was a problem? I can't see it being a particularly technical challenge to do so, I was just interested to know that if a pilot said "engine 3 is running strange" they could get ground ops to see the data live and tap into the information to do an instant diagnosis?

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RE: Live Data Available To Ground Ops From Flights.

Mon Nov 21, 2005 3:46 am

Ground ops wouldn't be interested in that.
Engineering can, and do, download real-time data from the Central Maintenance Computer of the 744 and 777 for troubleshooting purposes.
A recent example would be the BA 3-engined 744 where Maintrol (Maintenance Control) and Powerplant Engineering analysed the 3 good engines before clearing it to continue to LHR.

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