OASES Launches New Secure Private Cloud Platform

OASES, a modular software for airworthiness maintenance and control, is now available via OASES Cloud, a secure private cloud platform for existing and new customers alike.
The new software as a service (SaaS) brings the complete portfolio of OASES modules to customers’ devices via the Internet, bringing with it significant performance improvements, an ever-green IT model and, more importantly for companies recovering from the pandemic and the upheaval within the aviation industry, cost savings over the traditional on premises OASES software.
“COVID-19 has accelerated the aviation industry’s move to digital operations” explained Paul Lynch, VP New Business Development “and the next few years will see a significant increase in digitally enabled aircraft which means MROs and CAMO need to be more agile and responsive to expectations of operational efficiencies. In addition, there is now an increased need for fleet agility in response to rapidly changing market conditions; This will see aircraft being re-purposed; both within fleets and between carriers on a more frequent basis.” 

He added “OASES Cloud enables companies of any size to make the entire knowledge base within their organization available to all who need it, without the need to switch from system to system, consult colleagues to verify information, or cross-check against their own schedules.”

The Cloud and Infrastructure team at OASES are rolling out the new service to existing customers on an ongoing basis with the first four going live this month.

JSSI Acquires SierraTrax

Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI) has acquired SierraTrax, a provider of aircraft maintenance tracking.

SierraTrax provides maintenance tracking software for business aircraft worldwide through its modern technology interface. As a Textron Aviation recommended provider of maintenance tracking services, the SierraTrax platform is used extensively by Cessna, Beechcraft and Hawker operators. The company supports most turboprop, light and midsize aircraft, but will now focus on extending the service into the super-mid and large-cabin segments, to align with JSSI’s coverage of virtually every make and model of business jet, turboprop and helicopter.

“The SierraTrax team has done an incredible job establishing a leadership position in a crowded maintenance tracking space in just five short years,” said Neil Book, chairman and CEO of JSSI. “Their remarkable rate of growth has been fueled by great technology, an easy-to-use interface and a commitment to customer service, innovation and data transparency.”

“We started SierraTrax to provide a modern maintenance tracking solution at an affordable price. We share a common value system with JSSI centered around exceptional customer service. Together, we will take the business to the next level and extend our offerings to a broader customer base bringing modern, accessible technology and pricing to operators worldwide,” added Jason Talley, CEO of SierraTrax.

JSSI supports more than 10% of the world’s business jets on its Hourly Cost Maintenance Programs and oversees more than 10,000 maintenance events per year. The company also provides parts, engines and APUs to hundreds of operators across all makes and models through their JSSI Parts & Leasing business. This strategic move into the maintenance tracking space will blend insight from SierraTrax with more than 30 years of JSSI operating cost data and complement the company’s existing portfolio, which also includes JSSI Advisory Services and Conklin & de Decker.

“This exciting new partnership will enable the JSSI platform to deliver a full suite of highly complementary services to the market that will simplify and optimize the entire maintenance experience, allowing owners and operators to manage their aircraft more efficiently,” concluded Book.

American Cancels Hundreds of Flights Over Father’s Day Weekend

American Airlines cancelled hundreds of flights due to several factors including maintenance, staffing shortages and employees out sick. Around 300 flights were cancelled during the weekend with more expected today, Monday, June 21, 2021. The airline said it may continue to adjust the schedules and cancel dozens of flights throughout the summer.

American released a statement saying: “We made targeted changes with the goal of impacting the fewest number of customers by adjusting flights in markets where we have multiple options for re-accommodation.”

A surge in travel amid COVID vaccination success has together led to similar dilemmas for most airlines. After offering incentive packages for employees to retire early and many taking the early out as well as layoffs and furloughs, it is taking some time to adjust the staffing needs of the return of travelers.

Southwest Airlines also cancelled numerous flights after experiencing network connectivity problems earlier this month. The airlines attributed their cancellations to the ripple effect of that event.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is also reporting staffing shortages and asking some current employees to volunteer for positions such as onboarding new employees.

Bristow Group Selects Ramco

Aviation software provider Ramco Systems announced it will implement its Aviation M&E MRO Software V5.8 to help digitally transform the maintenance and engineering operations of Houston-based Bristow Group Inc. Bristow is among the world’s largest helicopter operators providing offshore transportation, search and rescue (SAR) and aircraft support services to government and civil organizations worldwide.

Ramco shares a decade-long relationship with Era Group (Era). Bristow’s merger with Era makes them the largest civilian offshore, SAR solution provider and the largest operator of helicopter models S92, AW189, and AW139. Ramco will deploy its aviation software to track inventory and manage maintenance, engineering and operations on a single integrated platform.

Compliant with global regulatory standards, the multi-country roll-out of Ramco Aviation says their software will help Bristow comply with multiple regulatory bodies, will provide cost savings while increasing efficiency and reducing potential for human error, as well as helping them achieve their goal of paperless engineering and operations.

Bristow’s staff will also be able to interact with the solution on Ramco’s mobile application, Ramco AnywhereApps and operational Electronic Flight Bag features, which will enable them to manage their operations and receive alerts on the go, enabling greater flexibility and quicker response time. Bristow will also be able to create a collaborative network of suppliers with real-time visibility and seamless performance tracking, thereby helping them improve their power by the hour (PBH) and consignment tracking abilities.

Ramco also says the implementation of their software will enable Bristow to achieve smart inventory, maintenance management and streamline organization-wide warranty tracking processes. The seamless integration of the solution with Bristow’s financial application will help the company achieve on-time billing and financial closure.

“When Bristow and Era merged, we had a decision to make on the go-forward software,” Stuart Stavley, senior vice president, Global Fleet Management, Bristow Group Inc., said. “Era shared a decade-long partnership and has been pleased with Ramco’s robust compliance and inventory management solutions. Our experience with Ramco’s proven global solutions was key in our selection. We look forward to our journey with Ramco.”

Virender Aggarwal, CEO, Ramco Systems, said, “Our partnership with Bristow underscores Ramco’s track record as a leading software provider for the rotor wing segment. By harnessing the innovative features of our software, we are confident Bristow will be able to optimise its operational efficiency and accelerate its digital transformation strategy.”



Iraqi Airways Chooses Ramco’s MRO Software

Global Aviation software specialist Ramco Systems announced that it will implement its aviation software, Ramco Aviation M&E MRO Software V5.8 at Iraq’s national carrier, Iraqi Airways Company.

Ramco will implement its complete Aviation Software including modules for Maintenance & Engineering (M&E), CAMO, Materials Management and Quality & Safety. The cloud-based software will automate the operations of the Iraqi national carrier, manage complete records of its aircraft, and enable the airway’s staff to manage their operations and receive alerts on the go through its Mobility module, providing greater flexibility, optimized aircraft availability and reduced friction. Ramco Aviation Software will also be integrated with enhanced inventory tracking and stock visibility capabilities enabling better resource management, unified employee records, and control operations end to end, on a single platform.

“We were seeking a best-in-class Aviation ERP software that would deliver quality results and help us embark on a digital transformation journey. We are happy to partner with Ramco as our technology partner in this journey.,” said Captain Kifah Hasan Jabbar, CEO, Iraqi Airways Company. “As the world slowly recovers from the pandemic and air travel returns, it is vital for airlines to adapt and prepare to serve customers with a robust digital infrastructure. We are excited to be working with Ramco in building such a platform at Iraqi Airways.”

Virender Aggarwal, CEO, Ramco Systems, said, “We are happy to partner with Iraqi Airways to digitally transform their business. Infused with Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning capabilities, our Aviation ERP has gained the trust of leading operators in the industry. We look forward to working with Iraqi Airways to reduce inefficiencies and future-proof their operations through our innovative features.”

Bluetail Celebrates First Anniversary with Introduction of Business/GA MACH Search Capability

Bluetail, Inc., announced that the company is celebrating its first anniversary with the introduction of its newest and most powerful digital records search and automation tool, MACH Search.

“A year ago, we marked the anniversary of Charles Lindbergh’s flight across the Atlantic by launching Bluetail. By making it easy and affordable to digitize aircraft records, we set out to revolutionize the way business and general aviation (B&GA), aircraft owner/operators organized, shared, and protected valuable records,” says Stuart Illian, Bluetail co-founder. “Today, I’m very happy to say that in the past 12-months, even with COVID restrictions, and other challenges, we’ve exceeded our original goals.”

“With the introduction of our revolutionary MACH Search capability, we are taking a major leap forward in bringing the most advanced OCR (Optical Character Recognition) machine-learning capabilities into the world of business and private aviation,” adds Roberto Guerrieri, Bluetail co-founder. “Building on our cloud-native AWS (Amazon Web Services) platform, MACH Search enables true ‘rocket science’ level business process automation, sorting, storing, and searching. Bluetail’s MACH Search now makes record-keeping the easiest part of your aircraft operations.”

Guerrieri explained that MACH Search is the culmination of input from a long list of the company’s customer base, including Fortune 500 flight departments, Part 135 charter operators, individual owners, aircraft brokers, and flight schools.

“To ensure that MACH Search would be live upon launch for our customers, we ran their records in parallel to the technology’s development,” he added. “To date, we’ve run over 1,000,000 client records through the MACH machine learning code.”

About Bluetail MACH Search:

• MACH Search combines document workflow with auto-OCR machine learning to streamline the ingestion, organization, and search of detailed aircraft operations and maintenance records.

• MACH Search recognizes handwriting and lets you search by A&P signature or inspector sign-offs.

• MACH Search lets you easily upload records from your phone, tablet, or computer.

• MACH Search lets you search all of the digital records by numbers, text, or form.

• MACH Search lets you save your search criteria as a new search profile.

• MACH Search features are based on the most advanced enterprise security protocols.

FLYHT Signs Waltzing Matilda Aviation’s New Brand, Connect Airlines

FLYHT Aerospace Solutions announced a multi-year contract with U.S. charter operator Waltzing Matilda Aviation for its new scheduled air carrier branded, Connect Airlines.

Under the terms of the five-year agreement, FLYHT will install AFIRS and Actionable Intelligence (“AI”) services on Connect Airlines’ entire fleet of DHC-8-Q400 turboprop aircraft. FLYHT’s Actionable Intelligence solution includes voice and text communications, engine and airframe exceedances, situational display as well as automatic movement messages in the initial installation. Future AI services are expected to include fuel management, turn and airport apron operations, integrated flight plan and emissions tracking, as well as features currently under development with other AI launch customers. The initial installs will commence within 45 days and will be part of the certification of the new airline brand. The contract is expected to generate revenue of approximately $1.0 million to FLYHT, provided that all services are delivered over the 5-year term of the agreement.

“We are excited to begin a new relationship with Waltzing Matilda for their new brand, Connect Airlines,” Bill Tempany, CEO of FLYHT, said. “As a provider of critical infrastructure for communications and operational insights for Connect Airlines, we are committed to providing the products and services needed to support their launch and subsequent business growth for years to come. It is also great to be part of the unfolding recovery of aviation in North America.”

David Marcontell, COO of Connect Airlines, said, “After an exhaustive review of alternatives, we chose FLYHT because it provided our flight crew and operations team the technology, data, and analytics to operate a highly efficient and reliable airline, right out of the box. We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with FLYHT as we connect our guests to family, friends and colleagues with the highest standards of air transportation service and reliability.”

Connect Airlines, a new airline commencing operations in October 2021, will offer convenient service ideal for the day-tripping US business traveler direct into Toronto’s downtown Billy Bishop airport.

U.S. Navy Selects Lockheed Martin and IFS to Deliver Intelligent Ship and Aircraft Maintenance

The U.S. Navy is working with Lockheed Martin and enterprise applications company IFS to deliver an intelligent maintenance solution that they hope will help power its digital transformation of multiple legacy systems into a single, fully modernized and responsive logistics information system. The solution will ensure personnel spend more time focused on the mission and less on aircraft and ship repairs.

The IFS solution comprises capabilities for planning and executing maintenance, repair, and overhaul of more than 3,000 assets including aircraft, ships, and land-based equipment. The Naval Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (N-MRO) solution combines artificial intelligence (AI), digital twin capabilities and predictive analytics to anticipate and react to potential equipment failures before they happen, which will contribute to the enhanced support of maintenance, supply logistics, real-time fleet management and other business functions for more than 200,000 sailors.

Following a comprehensive and competitive evaluation process, the U.S. Navy selected Lockheed Martin together with IFS’s acclaimed industry-specific functionality already used by some of the world’s largest aerospace and defense (A&D) organizations. With the added support of software developer Beast Code, the solution will initially be fielded at multiple U.S. Navy sites to help sailors and Marine Corps maintainers break down operational silos and work towards a common maintenance workflow across all ship and aircraft platforms.

The digital transformation of the U.S. Navy’s maintenance systems will see a consolidation of assets and parts data in a central repository visualized to the users through an intuitive, mobile-friendly experience. This initiative will lead to increased data accuracy, streamlined workflows and ultimately less asset downtime and fewer unscheduled maintenance events. Enabling Total Asset Readiness through N-MRO will ensure information is always readily available to help the U.S. Navy achieve its desired materiel readiness and operational availability objectives. For instance, Navy personnel will be empowered to document faults, request parts, and report work completion at the point of maintenance, thereby reducing asset downtime while increasing data accuracy as an enabler of enhanced planning and procurement.

“Our goal is to provide capabilities that create real value across the Navy’s complex, multi-site operations and optimize its mission-critical maintenance processes,” said Reeves Valentine, Lockheed Martin vice president of Enterprise Sustainment Solutions. “We want to empower Navy personnel with tools that are easy and effective to use with intuitive interfaces, streamlined workflows and timesaving, intelligent features. IFS distinguished itself by providing all of these capabilities through a single, commercial-off-the-shelf solution.”

Scott Helmer, president, Aerospace & Defense, IFS, added, “We are proud to be part of N-MRO, which will set a new global standard for Total Asset Readiness and the way defense organizations manage asset maintenance and logistics, both ashore and afloat. A&D has been a key focus industry at IFS for decades and this landmark deal stands as testament to the success of our long-term strategy and determination. Working with Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Navy, we are already making great strides and look forward to a long and successful collaboration.”

AeroLogic to Use CrossConsense

AeroLogic signed a contract with CrossConsense not only for the data ingestion process provisioning, but also for hosting of the data warehouse and support provided by CrossConsense. As AeroLogic already is an AMOS Support Customer of CrossConsense, the partnership between the two companies is of mutual benefit because the cargo airline will also support CrossConsense to further develop the functionalities of AviationDW.

Airlines, like almost every other industry, are more and more facing the problem of being flooded with data. The challenge is to make this data accessible for the ongoing improvement processes. With CrossConsense, Aerologic says they have now found a partner who will support the cargo airline in bringing additional structure to the mass of data that can be drawn from AeroLogic’s MRO backend system, AMOS.

AeroLogic already uses standard off-the-shelf BI tools and has simply attached AviationDW as an additional data source. Behind the scenes, the AviationDW data transformation jobs are running to prepare raw backend MRO system data for easy access. Data is exported by AMOS and sent to AviationDW. The full control over all data export activity stays with AeroLogic.

Cross Consense Touts ACSIS as a Collaborative Workspace Tool for Troubleshooters

CrossConsense software product ACSIS is designed for predictive and preventive maintenance and can support troubleshooters to detect current and predict future problems of aircraft regardless of whether they are in the office or working at home.

The company says ACSIS monitors all systems defects in real-time and analyzes data from pilot and maintenance reports. All the data are processed into graphs so that the problem(s) can be identified at a glance. As soon as a problem recurs, an automatic alert is sent to the responsible person and they can immediately start to further analyze the problem. Following this, AOGs can be avoided because it is possible to visualize the AC/fleet status in a single diagram and recognize if it is a single tail sign or a fleet problem.

With the ACSIS delay probability tool, the probability for a delay due to a certain problem on a specific aircraft to happen during/prior the next flight can be calculated so that maintenance teams can be prepared with tools, materials and personnel before it comes to a delay or even an AOG. It uses sophisticated algorithms which are far more accurate than standard alert levels per ATA and it provides comprehensive reports for engineering and CAA at a click of a button.

ACSIS also now provides a full list of all scheduled and unscheduled component removals for a specific problem “at the click of a button” and collaborative workspace enhancements like fields where engineers and troubleshooters can exchange information.


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