CrewLounge PILOTLOG grabs the OOOI (OUT, OFF, ON, IN) hours from the ACARS display.  Press the ACARS button on the Flight Add/Edit page in the mobile app.  No internet required, it works on-device (iOS).


The ACARS data capture feature is available in all plans of CrewLounge PILOTLOG, also in the free Student Edition. 



Technology


ACARS data capture is using OCR (Optical Character Recognition) technology in combination with IDP (Intelligent Document Processing).  


OCR is never 100% failproof. The success rate depends on several factors, such as;

  • camera resolution - use the highest available resolution
  • photo perspective - hold your phone perfectly parallel to the display
  • display reflection - avoid a reflection of yourself (white uniform), do not use a flash
  • display cleanliness - avoid combination of dust, stripes and sunlight


If you experience reading errors, please contact the Helpdesk with a copy of the image!



How to make a picture?


There is no need to capture the "screen only". It's okay to grab a few buttons or even the entire CDU keyboard, as you can see in the pictures below.  Some cameras cannot focus when you come to close, so it's actually better to keep some distance and make a sharp image.  



Document Scanner


The built-in document scanner will automatically detect and grab the CDU display, as shown here:






Camera


If the document-scanner is not available on your phone (iOS / Android / Huawei), or you just don't like it, you can also use the default camera.  


There is just 1 important key point:  You must align the camera with the top of the display!






Data Processing


When you press the Insert Data button:


Hours

  • Hours (Out/Off/On/In) from the ACARS are stored in your flight record.  Any hours that are already in the flight record, are overwritten.
  • Hours from the ACARS are converted from UTC to the time mode of your app (UTC, Local, Base).
  • Some avionics show current flight and last flight on the same page (e.g. Boeing 787 Dreamliner).  For these displays, the CURRENT FLIGHT hours are taken, if complete.  Else, the PREVIOUS FLIGHT hours are taken.

Airfields

  • DEP / ARR airfields from the ACARS are stored in your flight record, unless the flight record already has airfields logged.


Flight Number 

  • FLIGHT ID from the ACARS is stored in your flight record, unless the flight record already has a flight number logged. 
  • Depending on your airline, the Flight ID is not the real flight number, but your ATC call sign. 


Fuel 

  • Fuel from the ACARS is never processed.




Supported Devices


We currently support 40 different ACARS and AVIONICS systems. Here is an overview:


  • various manufacturers (Honeywell, EASy, Rockwell Collins, Teledyne, Thales, ...)
  • different aircraft models (Airbus, Boeing, Embraer, Dassault, ...)
  • different custom tailored layouts (Qatar, KLM, FedEx, Turkish, Saudi, ...)
  • different types of displays (FMS CDU, AVIONICS, EFB, ...)


If your ACARS type is not supported, send us some pictures and we'll try to add it.  Here are a few images:





Airbus - Honeywell FMS






Airbus 350 - Avionics





Boeing & Embraer - Honeywell FMS






Boeing 777-787 - Displays





Dassault Falcon - EASy




 


Boeing 737 - Teledyne ACARS