Ireland’s Ryanair has signed up with CEFA Aviation for a flight replay app that its pilots will be able to use in the cockpit once the aircraft is parked.

For CEFA Aviation, a French company specializing in flight replay via animation, the Irish LCC is the second customer of its Aviation Mobile Services (AMS) product.

The tool is a tablet app enabling pilots to virtually re-live their flight immediately after landing. The animation of a chosen flight sequence can then be used for relevant post-flight crew discussion.

The crew can choose the flight segment they want to replay. Download time is about 1 minute for each minute of flight to be animated—depending on local internet connections, CEFA said. Flight data is recorded, sent to the carrier’s flight data center and then forwarded to CEFA’s cloud. A central server in the CEFA AMS system then creates the animation and transmits it to the crew.

The resulting computer-generated video features representations of customer-selected avionics and controls, as well as terrain and airports. The crew essentially sees the same view as they did from the aircraft cockpit. They are accompanied by views from outside the aircraft, typically a forward-looking view from the tail and a side view.

Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) has been the first user of AMS, helping with development since early 2017.

Ryanair’s contract for the app is a six-year agreement. The app “will set new standards for delivering constructive feedback to our crews in a way that would have been impossible to imagine without the innovative approach to secure data processing that has been delivered by CEFA Aviation’s team,” Ryanair director of flight standards & chief pilot Ray Conway said.

Over the next 12 months, Ryanair will monitor pilot performance based on an agreed set of key performance indicators. “The implementation of CEFA AMS [reflects] Ryanair’s ... desire to lead the shift of the pilot training paradigm as advocated by EASA,” Ryanair’s head of crew training Andy O’Shea said. “Our airline has high hopes for CEFA AMS, which integrates into our Operational Flight Data Monitoring system.”

Ryanair is looking to harmonize pilots’ skill levels as they join from airlines with different standard operating procedures, as well as reducing training time and cost. The airline has 5,500 pilots and operates a single type, the Boeing 737.

Thierry Dubois, thierry.dubois@aviationweek.com