The benefits of tight integration between flight operations and aircraft maintenance technology

Imagine a world in which key flight operations information can be automatically transferred between an easy to use platform and an existing maintenance system. 

Such a world would be an easier place to work in, a more cost efficient environment to operate within and an overall ‘smarter’ place to be. 

Certainly, the whole ‘get smart’ approach is something that many aviation companies are embracing right now, by investing in next-generation products and adopting lean processes, in a bid to become more cost-effective. 

For example, handheld technologies like the Electronic Flight Bag are hugely popular because they can store important information, streamline processes and aid communication between key business areas, particularly between an aircraft and engineers on ground. 

Unsurprisingly the pressure to adapt and adopt new advanced tools and tighter operations is fiercer now than ever before, which is why airlines are always on the hunt for something new, to help them achieve a competitive edge and lower overheads. 

Additionally, an IT MRO solution like Rusada’s ‘Envision’ is a great example of an innovative product that allows an airline to enjoy significant financial savings, through its single yet comprehensive platform that can manage multiple areas of their business. 

While many of today’s airlines have taken a step forward and adopted an IT system like Envision for maintenance planning, their continuing need to cut costs, remain competitive and stay relevant, constantly increases their appetite for innovation. 

And new and exciting products that can be easily integrated into current business set-ups are some of the most desirable options out there. 

So, could a solution that can host important flight operations data (including fleet health, crew schedules and flightlogs) and then integrate this information into an existing maintenance system wet their appetite? 

Could there be a one-stop shop with all the answers? 

Whether an airline has a fleet of 10 or 100 aircraft, their flight operations will involve transporting passengers and/or cargo, crew and baggage to destinations around the world. Therefore it’s crucial for an airline to ensure that it’s running a safe fleet and monitoring everything from aircraft health to crew rosters efficiently. 

In order to do this all of the data associated with operating an airline needs to be up to date, accurate and reliable. 

In addition, it’s crucial for this key information to be accessible by other areas of the business whenever it’s needed, such as within a maintenance hangar during an aircraft on ground (AOG) situation. 

But while owning good data is something to be proud of, pride alone will not instantly deliver accurate information to the engineers on ground. 

Therefore, if a ‘one-stop shop’ style product existed that allowed an airline (and its engineers) to record and access information on flight records, crew rostering and tech logs and then combine this data with the scheduled maintenance information in an existing IT maintenance system, airlines would be able to monitor, plan, forecast and organise operations far more efficiently. 

A product that allows for tighter integration between flight ops and maintenance technology could play a huge role in shortening lead times in AOG situations, because during these time-sensitive events a tool that can deliver real-time tech log information, for example, could save an airline tens of thousands of pounds.

 Ideally, such a tool would automatically populate any flight records or tech logs stored within an existing maintenance system with accurate flight operations data. And by delivering real-time data to the hands of engineers, airlines would be able to eliminate error and improve that all-important air-to-ground communication. 

Also, an easily accessible tool like this would help to improve an airline’s business-wide operations. 

To conclude, a fully integrated web-based flight operations tool that can work together with an end user’s existing IT MRO system most certainly has a place in today’s aircraft maintenance business – not to mention that of the future.

2016-02-10T16:38:28+00:00February 10th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

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