There’s an old saying in aviation: An aircraft is only as good as its maintenance.
Impeccable aircraft maintenance reduces risk for passengers and crews. Plus, it demonstrates an aircraft’s airworthiness, which permits seamless flight operations.
To effectively manage maintenance, aircraft operators must keep on top of numerous variables, including:
- Planning and budgeting for scheduled maintenance milestones
- Preventative/unscheduled maintenance
- FAA-issued airworthiness directives (ADs)
- OEM-issued service bulletins (SBs)
- Capturing calendar, hourly and landings/cycles data
- Accurate processing of squawk sheets, task cards and work orders
- Managing availability of replacement parts
- Keeping all logbooks up-to-date
Particularly for rotorcraft, additional factors may also impact maintenance, including stopping/starting in high winds, high levels of sand or salt in the air, extreme cold temperatures and low cycle fatigue stress.
To maintain safety standards and operational compliance, aircraft operators must track their maintenance very precisely. Between airframe and powerplant considerations, maintenance tracking is no small task.
Historically, maintenance tracking was done with rudimentary tools such as index cards, whiteboards and paper logbooks. Computerized aircraft maintenance tracking systems were first introduced in the 1960s.
Given the sophistication of modern business aircraft and the complexity of managing numerous maintenance requirements, leveraging the latest Web-based software technology would seem a good choice for aircraft operators and corporate flight departments.
Why Implement a Web-Based Maintenance Tracking System?
Web-based software systems automatically track and store data to create a highly-detailed maintenance history for each aircraft. Cloud-based architecture eliminates the need for hardware and software administration and updates. Easy access is available from any Web-enabled device, including tablets and smartphones. Password-protected data may be accessed by several people simultaneously.
Even for single-aircraft operators, the benefits of a Web-based software maintenance tracking system become apparent when contrasted with “home-made” solutions such as manually-updated spreadsheets.
Furthermore, Web-based maintenance tracking systems offer value to your entire team. Owners and finance professionals may more easily assess the current value of an aircraft and accurately forecast operating costs, pilots benefit from an easy system for sharing feedback on specifics of aircraft performance, Directors of Maintenance (DOMs) gain total visibility onto the maintenance status of all aircraft in their fleet, and aircraft maintenance technicians (AMTs) enjoy superior communication thanks to standardized task cards, work orders, etc.