Bytron was founded in 1984 by the late Richard Harris, a long-haul pilot, and his wife Irene.
Our first software, a strip printing program, caught the attention of NATS - the UK Air Traffic
Service provider. This application was upgraded to a fully-fledged Flight Data Management
System (FDMS) in 1989, and became the first computer based system in the world to
successfully promulgate, transmit and receive AFTN messages.
In 1989, Bytron installed the world's first route specific, integrated MET/NOTAM self-briefing
unit at Humberside Airport. From humble beginnings as a small team of aviation software
developers, industry professionals and pilots, we set out as bytron, with the aim of providing
effective, innovative and flexible aviation solutions.
Pictured: Hardware from the early days, the end result of our first venture into aviation
software - the first of many.
During this decade Bytron developed specific systems to meet airline requirements for
flight crew briefing. A truly integrated system for the secure and audited aggregation,
synchronization and dissemination of flight crew information was developed, and in 1999
a dedicated ISDN company briefing service was implemented throughout 15 UK locations.
It was in this decade that our AIS NOTAM Management System was developed for UK CAA,
and was subsequently implemented throughout many worldwide locations.
As the world evolved technically, so did Bytron. In 2001 we upgraded our services
to provide worldwide internet access. Early in the 21st Century we successfully
developed our crew briefing system to be an Internet delivered service - skybook.
In 2004, skybook was implemented on laptop - at that time known as 'less paper cockpit'.
Later that year it became skybook eFB and over the following years much time was
dedicated to developing our range of EFB applications, all built on proven synchronisation
technology and using our in-house flight data centre.
We were the first aviation software specialists to produce a best in class eFB product onto
the iPads within the cockpit. Since then, we've continued to grow and work with some of the
biggest names in aviation; developing some of the most cutting-edge, innovative
technologies to be used at the forefront of our industry today.
Much of 2010 was dedicated to the development of skybook.aero briefing
services and skybook eFB applications, which has been a huge success.
In 2012, we successfully sold our best-in-class skybook eFB application to
Sabre Airline Solutions, whom had identified skybook eFB as providing
optimal value for their requirements. The sale marked a significant step
forward for our company and increased the global reach of our brand
and our development team's capabilities; establishing Bytron as a pioneer
of aviation software solutions.
There are a lot of exciting opportunities on the horizon for Bytron, as we
continue to establish skybook as market leading software for airlines, airports
and ground handlers - with more pioneering aviation technology in the
pipeline which our airline software developers work on behind the scenes.
The early days of bytron truly helped to form the backbone of what has
become skybook today - an aviation cloud to take your data on a digital
journey making everything simpler, faster and more accessible than ever.
Bytron's history of standard setting, pioneering and development has been
reflected in the team's recent development of skylightES; an aircraft
turnround tool, our joint venture with partner company ACDM Ltd.
Not one to rest on our laurels, our aviation experts re-engineered our skybook crew briefing
software in 2016 to cover a wider spectrum of critical airline operations; essentially creating
the 'complete' solution for flight dispatch, crew briefing and journey logging within airlines -
'skybook aviation cloud'.
skybook makes it easy for users to access all airline dispatch, briefing and journey log data,
allowing airlines to fully integrate and centralise all of the information from their core systems...
Delivering the right data, to the right people, at the right time, to any device.
skybook as we see it today also includes independent modules for
crucial processes, including Airfield Watch (WX and NOTAM monitoring) and ETOPS Charts,
allowing airlines to get started using skybook within specific operational areas before
implementing the full system throughout their airline.
2017 was a big year for us, with headlines that included a supply partnership
with Jeppesen, who are now providing our solutions as part of their global
product line up, the delivery of skybook to a number of new clients across
Most importantly, our development roadmap is packed with a range of new
modules and functionality, which we will be starting to release early in 2018
when our standalone EFF/EFB application goes live, taking the flexibility and
scalability of skybook to a whole new level.
That will be followed by an all new user interface, Flight Following module
and E-Tech Log, all of which are being engineered in conjunction with our
clients and skybook Super Users.
2019 was our biggest year to date full of milestone achievements. The next big thing was
our E-Tech Log. Allowing crews to capture aircraft information and defects, E-Tech Log will
feed the data back to the engineers on the ground as it's recorded.
Further enhancements were developed for skybook including the ability to take photos in
some modules within the app. Push Notifications were added to the dispatch functionality
which allows a free, instant text message to be pushed to the Electronic Flight Bag.
2020 promises to be an even bigger year as we continue to roll out our growth plan and
Whether you are simply looking around or doing some serious research,
getting in touch is the first step to find out more about our EFB and flight dispatcher software.
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