Software’s success has pilot’s pals flying high

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 20 Dec 2017

AN aviation support solution has earned a northern Lincolnshire company a prestigious accolade at the 2017 Digital Entreprenur Awards.

Bytron Aviation Systems has won Software Innovation of the Year with its Skybook, a programme that pulls together flight dispatch, crew briefing, journey logging and airfield monitoring for pilots.

The Kirmington company, which earlier this year formed a partnership with Boeing’s navigational arm, Jeppesen, has put 30 years of industry experience into the development.

Shane Spencer, Bytron Aviation Systems’ managing director, said: “I am so proud to have Skybook recognised in this way on such a grand scale and it makes all of the effort put in by our team back at the headquarters all the more worthwhile. This award is recognition for us all.

“It means a lot to us. We have worked really had over the past three years, producing and re-inventing a long-established software  product. We have launched to the market and had an amazing response from clients. The team that backed us has been fantastic. 

“Everyone works hard each day to deliver our innovative modules, ensuring Skybook helps all of our clients achieve their objectives.”

The Digital Entrepreneur Awards have been recognising and honouring Britain’s online entrepreneurial talent for more than a decade with a specialist panel of judges working to unearth entries that showcase the most cutting-edge use of the modern web.

Having entered, Bytron was shortlisted to seven, ahead of the gala event in Manchester.  

“We were not sure what to expect but determined to have a good night and remember that it was an honour to have Skybook recognised as a finalist amongst a number of other specialist providers who had all brought their ‘A’ game to the awards,” Mr Spencer said, not expecting a win, but admitting  “my heart was in my mouth and as I looked left and right at my colleagues” as the winner was revealed. 

The firm was first founded in 1984 by the late Richard Harris, a long-haul pilot, and his wife Irene.

Based at Concorde House, Skybook allows airlines to have up-to-date information such as pre-flight information for crews, from which a targeted route briefing is devised.

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