Air Wisconsin Deploys AIRS for APIS Submissions

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Air Wisconsin, the largest privately held regional airline in the United States, has selected AIRS as its choice for filing Advance Passenger Information Service (APIS) submissions. AIRS is a multi-solution data communication/data integration appliance designed for flight-critical aviation messaging created and marketed by AvFinity LLC.

In the last year, AIRS has successfully managed tens of thousands of APIS submissions for multiple North American airlines including Air Wisconsin.

Air Wisconsin recently implemented the AvFinity Integrated Router Solution™ (AIRS™) to manage Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) filings for international flights.

AIRS is a multi-solution aviation data communication/data integration appliance designed for flight-critical messaging that was created and is marketed by AvFinity LLC.

Federal law requires that all aircraft that leave or enter U.S. airspace must file pre-departure flight crew manifests under the APIS program administered by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

Air Wisconsin, the largest privately held regional airline in the United States, selected AIRS as its APIS choice in early 2011. The patent-pending software technology that resides on AIRS powers AvFinity’s APIS Navigator. This AvFinity service, as well as services for flight plan filing, NOTAMs, weather, and Collaborative Decision Making, are a few of the flight-critical solutions available to airlines with AIRS.

AvFinity is authorized by CBP as a pre-departure message provider. In the last year, AIRS, which comprises AvFinity’s patent-pending software technology operating on an industry-standard Cisco router, has successfully managed tens of thousands of APIS submissions for multiple North American airlines including Air Wisconsin.

As an integral part of AIRS, APIS Navigator provides airlines with expertly-designed features that make manifest filing highly efficient and worry-free. As an example, the AvFinity software technology on AIRS integrates with an airline’s backend system to retrieve crew manifest data, saving both time and human effort.

Before the manifest is finalized for submission, APIS Navigator scans the data for accuracy. If the analysis finds inconsistencies, APIS Navigator alerts the airline. Examples of such unintentional errors might include an expired passport number or an incorrectly formatted birth date.

This valuable feature can prevent fines that CBP may impose for erroneous or incomplete information on manifests.

If needed, APIS Navigator also provides data conversion to the required UN/EDIFACT APIS format.

Air Wisconsin uses AIRS to connect with CBP via IBM WebSphere MQ. Avfinity was among the first communications providers to connect directly to CBP using WebSphere MQ, the aviation industry’s de facto communications protocol. AIRS also accommodates all other known communications protocols including most proprietary ones.

As the message is sent, the customer can monitor the transmission in real time through a web-based interface. AIRS also can send out SMS and email alerts to authorized airline personnel tracking the APIS submission for a particular flight.

In addition to CBP, AIRS also currently connects airlines to CARICOM (the Caribbean Community). AvFinity is cooperating with Air Wisconsin and other airline customers to secure a connection to the Canadian Border Services Agency after CBSA completes its transition from the legacy Type B message format in the fall of 2011. In addition, AvFinity will add connections to other government border authorities as APIS requirements grow worldwide.

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About Air Wisconsin: Air Wisconsin, the largest privately held regional airline in the United States, operates as US Airways Express, scheduling nearly 500 departures per day to 70 cities in 26 states and two Canadian provinces. The fleet includes 70 Canadair Regional Jets (CRJ-200). Additionally, Air Wisconsin performs ground-handling services for United Express at United’s Washington Dulles International hub and 22 other cities throughout the country.

About AvFinity: AvFinity makes aviation communications and integration consistent and reliable. AvFinity has multiple communications solutions including AIRS™--the AvFinity software technology residing on an industry-standard Cisco router. AIRS, built by a product team with a century of combined aviation messaging experience, provides solutions that are proven through thousands of hours of operation in actual flight environments. In addition, AIRS is flexible enough to support all communications types and protocols while easily handling the frequent changes and additions to messaging and communications systems that carriers experience. Because of its standards-based design, AIRS is implemented quickly and without any impact to a carrier’s existing IT infrastructure. For more information on all AvFinity’s services, visit

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