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AerData has announced a new arrangement under which its Secure Technical Records for Electronic Asset Management (STREAM) software will be fully integrated with Swiss AviationSoftware’s AMOS MRO software, providing customers with a fully-integrated software platform for a more efficient and complete aircraft electronic records management system.


In moving to a paperless future, the capabilities of the combined AMOS and STREAM off ering will allow airlines and MRO providers to manage records fully electronically.


The integration includes the ability to recognise AMOS Workpackages, Workorders and Task Cards. STREAM can display single Workorders or each Workpackage with associated Workorders and Task Cards contained within. Utilising a placeholder in STREAM will facilitate auto-archiving, including the ability to identify missing records. The integration also includes the ability to transfer electronically signed work orders, including e-signed PDFs. This can be triggered by configurable events such as work order closure. The files are e-Signed within AMOS, but directly stored in STREAM. All joint customers can benefit from this integration with the added benefits of a straightforward set-up requiring minimal migration effort.


AerData has announced that HNA Aviation Group of China has chosen its Corporate Management System (CMS) to support their fl eet of over 440 aircraft. CMS provides a single platform that will facilitate the consolidation and management of data from various sources enabling full control and oversight of asset value, maintenance reserve obligations, contract information and technical details.


Boeing and Teledyne Controls will combine their ground-based operational data products to create the new Fleetwide Data Manager program. This will set an industry standard for the transfer of navigation databases, software updates and quick access recorder (QAR) data between an airline’s maintenance facilities and its fleet. The solution is being developed after Boeing and Teledyne recognised the need for an integrated product to work across Boeing and non-Boeing airplanes in an airline’s fleet. Fleetwide Data Manager combines capabilities from Boeing’s Loadable Software Airplane Parts Librarian (LSAPL) with Teledyne’s Loadstar Server Enterprise (LSE). It is expected to be available from Boeing and Teledyne for the airline market in late 2017.


Boeing has announced that Yangtze River Express has signed an agreement to become the fi rst Chinese airline to use Boeing Maintenance Performance Toolbox Records to automate its maintenance record keeping.


Toolbox Records will eliminate paper-based maintenance records from the airline’s operations and will reduce operating costs through improved efficiency. Toolbox Records uses data analytics processes to help airlines make better operational maintenance decisions and manages scanned and digitally produced maintenance and flight records, with immediate access to critical files.


Simple access to Toolbox Records data, as a component of the Boeing Maintenance Performance Toolbox application, will improve workflow capabilities for the airline to better manage fleet-wide maintenance operations. Boeing and its subsidiary AerData are continuing to develop industry standards for the elimination of scanning paper maintenance documents in favour of fully digital data for use with its applications.


Toolbox Records integrates seamlessly into existing airline maintenance and engineering systems, providing increased operational efficiency and a unified user experience.


Boeing will implement its Optimised Maintenance Program service for the six Boeing 767-300s and nine Boeing 757-200s of AZUR air, the largest Russian charter airline. Powered by Boeing Analytics, the program will reduce scheduled maintenance labour costs, lower materials costs and improve airplane maintenance ground time. Through an evaluation of logbooks, scheduled maintenance data, component maintenance records and other metrics, Boeing will develop recommendations for maintenance program enhancements customised to accommodate the unique operating environments and specific operational goals of the airline.


Boeing technical consultants work directly with local regulatory authorities to secure approval and agreement on any recommended maintenance program changes. Boeing’s agreement with AZUR air also includes results monitoring following implementation of the programme.


Component Control has announced that Rotable Repairs, a UK-based wheel and brake services provider, will use Quantum Control MRO and Logistics software to enhance its customer service. With Quantum Control, Rotable Repairs can easily track and manage thousands of work orders. With the ability to generate comprehensive reports and tailor data, the repair station can make decisions rapidly to better meet specific customer requirements. The Quantum Control MRO and Logistics solution installed at Rotable Repairs operates on a highly scalable and secure Oracle database and is used for a variety of functions, including accounting, tracking orders, organising contacts and managing shipping. 


FLYdocs has been selected by Turkish carrier SunExpress to provide its aircraft records management platform as part of a long-term deal with the company. SunExpress has a predominantly Boeing fleet and recently placed orders for 60 aircraft from Boeing, including 50 firm orders and 10 options. The firm order includes 25 Boeing 737-800 and 25 Boeing 737-8 MAX for delivery between 2015 and 2021. Almost 50% of the current fleet will be swapped out over the coming years to make way for these new aircraft. Therefore, SunExpress required a more advanced system to manage the huge volume of associated work to ensure the successful on-time redelivery of the current Boeing 737-800 aircraft and protect its fleet asset value. In digitising all of their aircraft records within FLYdocs, SunExpress will drive significant efficiencies into their current operations. They will benefit from advanced FLYdocs functionality including automated records build, repair mapping and high speed search. FLYdocs has already delivered product training and data migration for the entire SunExpress fleet is now underway. The system went live in September 2016.


IFS has launched IFS Tail Planning, Optimisation & Assignment, a 24/7 tail planning and maintenance allocation solution that supports aircraft planning and optimally schedules maintenance events. It provides full visibility and dynamic optimisation within a single solution, well in advance of planned flight tasking and maintenance events. Planners can now handle a wider planning window and dynamically manage hard and soft constraints that affect aircraft scheduling, such as destination or maintenance requirements, and analyse the impact of these events on the flight schedule. Maintenance engineers now benefit from full visibility, ahead of planned maintenance events and available aircraft ground times. Airlines further benefit from access controls, dynamic role-based workflow management, and master data management for constraints, while taking into account service level agreements (SLAs).


Lufthansa Technik has launched Condition Analytics, which allows airlines to predict precisely when components should be replaced and recommends measures to be taken to avoid failures before they actually happen. Condition Analytics uses a multi-faceted approach to improve aircraft operations. Engineers and data scientists analyse flight and MRO data and use them as a basis for continuously developing analytics use cases. Once the analytical model has been developed, the system checks the customer data for relevant incidents and supplies the corresponding results to the customer automatically. 


Condition Analytics is an independent platform that is not tied to a support contract with Lufthansa Technik. It is an OEM-spanning tool whose highly sensitive data is safeguarded by Germany’s rigorous data protection laws. The customer selects the required fleet and the desired use cases and is given access to the online platform.


The use of Condition Analytics in actual flight operations has already produced beneficial results. For example, it is now possible to predict the life cycle of igniter plugs accurately. This ensures maximum performance and efficiency. The platform will be available to customers from the first quarter of 2017.


MROair has launched with an app that digitalises MRO processes, uses data mining and – eventually – augmented reality and artificial intelligence. By swapping paper manuals for an app, and printed work orders and parts requests for electronic messaging, the company aims to improve efficiency by at least 30%. KLM has already successfully tested the proof of concept with their engineers.


The technology behind MROair has already been proven having been used for 15 years as an effective front-office solution for Dutch housing associations; software company Zig Websoftware created the original product to improve the efficiency of heating system maintenance. 

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