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03 Mar 2020

Automating the aviation business with Leon

At the inception of Leon in 2005, we already knew that the aviation business needs a simple, streamlined solution, reflecting our everyday workflows, but without the tedious, manual hassle. 15 years later, we are still faithful to our original principles. From automatic FTL calculation during crew assignments, to passenger tax calculation during the charter quotation, Leon bristles with functionality created for saving time of your daily schedule.

Leon automations

Without any further ado, let’s jump straight into our list of top 5 process automation features in Leon.

1. Dispatching a flight

The whole dispatching process requires a lot of moving parts to connect. With tens of operations each day, we are aware that in order to dispatch a flight you need to have all the comprehensive data in one place. More than that, you need smart and simple solutions, reducing time required to schedule a flight to a matter of seconds. Leon will auto-suggest flight time and STA basing on either GCD or GCD with average winds and if there is enough historical data on that particular route, it will also provide suggestions in that regard. If your crew is already on duty with that particular aircraft, it is possible to assign them automatically to the flight.

Preparing the data for handling requests or fuel requests has been automated as well, speeding up the process of contacting your providers to a large extent (and yes, automated permit requests will be added very soon!). Leon remembers your preferences on handling agents, FBOs, hotels and other suppliers for each particular airport, so you don’t have to enter all the data again and again. Of course, all the necessary flight documents, such as PAX Manifest, GenDec, or Trip Sheet are generated automatically and as usual when it comes to documents in Leon, you can customize their template according to your expectations.

2. Automated notifications

Notifications are usually one of the best methods to efficiently address any possible issue and keep the communication between parties involved clean and tidy. If configured properly, Leon will keep everyone in the loop by sending automated messages on almost any aspect of flight operation. Flight’s STD is approaching and there are still some unresolved matters on the checklist? Expect a notificiation email from Leon. Any last minute change to the flight schedule? Flight crew and other parties involved will receive an appropriate information, either via Leon mobile app (currently available for crew members, with a new owner app scheduled for release in the next few months) or directly on their email. Or maybe one of crew endorsements is about to expire? This has also been taken into account, alongside with some rulesets allowing to define when and how such notification should be propagated.

Managing notifications provides Leon users with a lot of flexibility. Being able to define a different rules for even slightly different situations gives a room for additional customization of the communication with your team or third parties. Brokers and owners will receive appropriate take-off and landing reports, while your flight crew will stay updated about any unforeseen circumstances before take-off actually takes place.

3. Integrations

This is an obvious one, yet extremely important if you are planning to make a full use of Leon and any other software in your digital infrastructure. After all, no platform is good at everything and we also prefer to focus on core aspects of Leon, developing a top-of-the-line solution for scheduling, crew planning or charter sales.

Integrated services work great in terms of process automation, providing both input and output of data in a seamless, elegant way. Leon feeds Avinode (and 18 other marketplaces) with your aircraft availability and empty legs, while quote requests from Avinode appear directly in Leon Sales for further handling. Your flight schedule in Leon can be automatically sent to flight planning platforms, such as RocketRoute, PPS, or ForeFlight. The flight watch data can be imported from EUROCONTROL, or as an auto-read from MVT e-mails (SITA, SATCOM, ACARS). With flight watch data imported, Leon instantly recalculates crew FTLs. The list goes on.

4. Feasibility checks and warnings

Some automations work a bit differently, operating in the background and giving you a little heads-up should they encounter any potential issues. We call them feasibility checks, or simply warnings, as they allow Leon users to have all the critical information in one place and quickly address those issues without the need to monitor the data feed from various sources.

Leon checks tens of possible variables in order to verify the feasibility of each flght, starting from possible flight duty time violations, expired or missing aircraft documentation, opened HIL restrictions, up to overlapping flights and incomplete crew roster. It works great for both your Sales (with the feasibility check information available for each leg in the quotation panel) and your OPS departments. You can even specify types of warnings or cautions that should be displayed in the Table and Calendar parts of the OPS module.

5. Reporting and documentation

We have mentioned earlier some great customization options for flight documents in Leon. Report Wizard is another tool that saves a lot of time for your analytics and compliance teams. Having access to the amount of data processed in the system, you can create advanced custom-made reports using various scopes of data and then share and distribute them with your team, or third parties. Easily done and very accessible, not to mention that we have just added another layer of customization, allowing the tailoring of report templates.


Don’t shy away from contacting our Sales team directly for additional details about Leon’s impact on your business.

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