The concept for APC was born from Adrian’s personal experience working in charter sales at one of Europe’s largest business aviation operators. During his time there he regularly experienced significant issues and inaccuracies resulting from a lack of accessible and structured airport and handling pricing data.
“I knew what a game-changer it would be for operators to quickly and easily incorporate actual airport and handling charges into charter quotes.” said Adrian, highlighting what was the catalyst for APC. “I decided to combine my past experience in software development and my business aviation domain knowledge to take on this challenge, and we are very proud of how it all came together.”
Currently APC boasts pricing data coverage for more than 700 airports and over 350 handling agent stations, with more than 915 unique methods of charging for over 220 services at these locations.
In addition, ADS has built a comprehensive aircraft and engine dataset covering all business aviation types from single-engine turboprops up to the Embraer Lineage 1000.
Aircraft types are broken down into variants, which includes key data on weight, noise and emissions metrics. “This is key to accurate cost calculation,” says Adrian, who also flies an Eclipse 500.
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In creating this new platform the biggest challenge ADS has faced is gaining the trust of handling agents. “It is imperative they feel comfortable disclosing their price lists to us, which is completely understandable due to the highly sensitive nature of this data” says Adrian.