A pilot not only has the responsibility of landing airline passengers safely to their destinations, but they also have to operate multiple avionic systems, in order to navigate the aircraft safely, as well as log a plethora of flight data along the way.
Any data that is logged can then be used in wider operations such as maintenance, therefore its accuracy is highly important.
Before the 1990s, pilots would regularly sift through files and lug bulky flight bags around with them, packed with charts, flight plans, airport data and other important documentation, and these bags could weigh as much as 18 kilos.
Nowadays, since its first introduction in the early 90s, the electronic flight bag (EFB) has become a welcomed addition to the modern day cockpit (and to a pilot’s life!).
The EFB allows a pilot to carry out tasks far more efficiently, eliminating the stress associated with sorting through large paper files. And with an EFB weighing just pounds, it certainly makes way for a more comfortable way to travel.
What’s more, an EFB can host applications and IT solutions such as Rusada’s Envision software, which facilitates better company-wide communication, especially between aircraft and ground.
The comprehensive suite of tools that are featured within Envision can help an airline improve its internal set-up, from fleet management and operations management (including crew rotas and tech logs) to maintenance management.
Indeed, a pilot can truly benefit from an airline adopting such a solution, thanks to the better document management that it brings, which ultimately delivers fleet-wide documentation straight to the cockpit, with the touch of a button (via an EFB, for example). And by having a better process in place, an airline can really enjoy significant cost savings.
In addition to the frustrations associated with having masses of paper in the cockpit (and industry in general), long flying hours are also a huge area of concern for pilots.
Many pilots are expected to fly for long periods of time before there is an opportunity to rest or sleep, which is why Rusada’s solution offers the tools to combat this.
Through its ‘Operation Manager’ module, Envision employs Flight Time Duty Limitation (FTDL) rules, so that it can automatically check and re-check crew capability against scheduling requirements, thus ensuring flight safety is not affected by pilot exhaustion.
Additionally, the platform can serve a pilot or end-user with information on fleet scheduling, charter requirements, journey control and monitoring, and crew tasking. But it doesn’t stop there, because it can also deliver alerts for scheduled maintenance work, to further save money and increase operational efficiency.
And, as all airlines and aviation organisations must abide by industry rules, the software ensures that a company is compliant with any prevailing regulations, both internally and from external regulatory bodies.
Users can also access effective crew rosters when integrated with the ‘Configuration & Resource Manager’ and manage classes, courses and examinations from the platform.
Finally, the Operations Manager module can also be linked to Envision’s ‘Fleet Manager’, module, where completed flights are logged against registrations and the respective registration logbooks are automatically updated.
To conclude, an airline can certainly benefit from adopting an IT MRO solution like Envision, and not only because of the money that it will save through improved maintenance processes but also for the notable benefits that it will bring to all of its workforce – from engineers to pilots!
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