Boeing Announces Partnership with the Red Arrows
- New partnership will provide the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team access to Boeing’s integrated suite of digital flight performance, planning and management tools.
- Use of smart technology will further enhance the safety and expertise of the Red Arrows as they undertake their spectacular displays across the globe.
RAF Scampton, July 16, 2021 - Boeing [NYSE: BA] will support the Royal Air Force (RAF) Aerobatic Team (RAFAT), the Red Arrows, under a new partnering agreement, which includes access to its suite of integrated digital tools to further improve flight performance, planning and management and increase pilot situational awareness, as the RAF moves towards its vision of a “paperless cockpit.”
Pilots from the Red Arrows will access Jeppesen FliteDeck Pro and ForeFlight Military Flight Bag (MFB), which are both software applications on a portable device as they transit between engagements and airshows across the globe this summer and beyond. The team, which is participating at this year’s virtual Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT), showcases the excellence of the RAF and represents the United Kingdom at home and overseas. Already in 2021, the Red Arrows have performed flypasts and displays to hundreds of thousands of people across the country and in mainland Europe.
“Across all aspects of our operations, the Red Arrows are always looking for more innovative ways to carry out core activity and introducing new, smarter technology is key” said Wing Commander David Montenegro, Officer Commanding, Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team. “Adding Jeppesen FliteDeck Pro and ForeFlight Military Flight Bag to our planning and ways of working is a great example of this, digital-first, approach. Collaborating, through this contracted sponsorship, with Boeing demonstrates how both organisations share a common vision of world-leading aviation excellence, safety and precision.”
FliteDeck Pro will provide the pilots with navigational charts, manuals and documents through an en-route map display. ForeFlight MFB offers access to flight planning, checklists and weather, and alerts aircrew to nearby aircraft. Focused on flight safety, the tools are designed to help to reduce distractions in the cockpit and provide critical information in an easy to use and intuitive digital display.
Used together, the technology applications also assist with rapid decision-making for route changes due to air traffic or weather. The enhanced functionality will increase pilot’s situational awareness when arriving or taxiing at new or unfamiliar locations. The flight planning capability takes into consideration airspace and weather to provide efficient routing to reduce carbon emissions.
“This new partnership between Boeing and the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team is an important next step in Boeing’s long-standing relationship with the UK. By enhancing their digital capabilities, the Red Arrows are leading the way in aviation innovation”, said Steve Dowell, managing director of Boeing Digital Solutions for the UK. “These digital tools ensure precise flight performance, planning, reduce fuel consumption, increase situational awareness and allow pilots to safely reach their destinations even during the most demanding flying conditions.”
With over 40 years in the UK and now located at Boeing’s hub in Crawley, Jeppesen provides advanced flight information solutions and computerised flight planning software for the global aviation community, serving the needs of pilots and flight departments all over the world.
ForeFlight develops high-performing integrated flight applications for pilots. Founded in 2007, the Boeing company has become the leading application for individual pilots, professional crews and flight departments in personal, business, and military aviation through its record of innovation and unfaltering commitment to serving customers.
About Boeing in the United Kingdom
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About the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team
Officially known as the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows comprise 11 pilots, nine of whom fly in the display, and more than 100 support personnel and technicians. Each of the pilots has previous fast-jet, operational experience flying the Tornado, Typhoon or Harrier, enabling the RAF to secure the skies and protect the nation and its interests, 365-days a year. One of the world’s premier aerobatic teams, the Red Arrows had completed nearly 5,000 displays, in 57 countries, by the beginning of 2021 and fly the BAE Systems Hawk T1 fast-jet. For more information on the Red Arrows, follow @rafredarrows on Twitter, like the team’s Facebook page at RAF Red Arrows, view pictures on Instagram @rafredarrows or visit www.raf.mod.uk/reds