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.
What to Look for?
In assessing maintenance tracking systems, aircraft operators should weigh several factors, including:
- Quality of technology
- Caliber of support
- Accuracy of data
Cloud-based TRAXXALL 360 is fast, robust and secure. It delivers rich functionality via a simple and intuitive interface. “Smart” tracking guarantees data accuracy and drag-and-drop functionality generates customized dashboards and reports. TRAXXALL’s mobile app conveniently extends full fleet visibility to your tablet or smartphone.
TRAXXALL has assembled the most-experienced team of aircraft maintenance analysts in the business. Each client benefits from a dedicated team of analysts who brings a wealth of aviation maintenance experience to their role and a second set of eyes to oversee your aircraft. A good analyst is an integral part of your team.
With thousands of aircraft enrolled, TRAXXALL accesses information from a comprehensive and richly-detailed database. For example, Bombardier, TRAXXALL and Scale AI recently partnered to use artificial intelligence (AI) to better predict the demand for spare parts for the maintenance of Bombardier business aircraft. This initiative reduces the risk of supply shocks and benefits both clients and suppliers.
TRAXXALL 360: The Clear Choice
TRAXXALL 360 streamlines workflows, reduces aircraft downtimes, increases operational efficiencies and protects aircraft resale values. It is the choice of business aircraft operators in over 60 countries, including Jet Linx – North America’s second largest operator of business jets – and is approved by OEMs including: Textron Aviation, Airbus Helicopters and Piaggio Aerospace.
TRAXXALL was designed “from scratch” by an unparalleled team of maintenance experts and tailored to the tracking requirements of business aircraft.
Since it was first launched in 2013, TRAXXALL has been updated and upgraded on an ongoing basis. This commitment to continuous improvement is at the heart of everything we do.