Anyone who has spent time managing aircraft maintenance or operations knows that staying on top of all the maintenance-driven requirements to keep aircraft compliant and available can at times be challenging. Being aware of what maintenance is coming due and when, and what it will take to satisfy or comply with it, naturally becomes the focus of the individual tasked with that responsibility.
Managing scheduled and preventative maintenance, and regulatory requirements and their completion is a complicated process. This is why maintenance professionals find it necessary to use technology to assist them in the successful execution of these responsibilities.
Importance of Choosing the Right Tracking Tool
After spending almost 45 years in the industry in many different types of maintenance operations, I have found that choosing and using the right tool is so important. It’s the difference between success and failure. Technical publication revisions, ADs, SBs, approved maintenance schedules, mixed fleets, inventory, and logistics add to the complexity of this challenge.
This is why many of us choose to use one of the very powerful web-based tools that are available for tracking and managing maintenance. It’s important to choose a product and vendor who can support your aircraft and operation.
For the most part, tracking aircraft maintenance by computer through the use of an industry-driven application is now taken for granted. Stating that “long gone are the days of index cards and white boards” can be said with confidence for most fixed-wing aircraft operations. Typically, an owner/operator makes a choice of providers, and by using the tools developed by his vendor of choice, learns the ins and outs of the application. The outcome is successful maintenance tracking, right? Well, if you are a fixed-wing operator, this is the expectation and typical outcome. Capturing those calendar, hourly and landing/ cycle-driven requirements set forth by the manufacturers is a simple exercise for