Pratt & Whitney Joins SITA’S Data-Brokering Platform

Engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney and IT provider SITA have signed an agreement for full flight data retrieval and processing in support of predictive maintenance of aircraft engines. Many airlines will benefit from the new data-driven alignment between the two companies.

Rapidly available and actionable data about aircraft performance plays a crucial role in continuously improving airline operations. SITA’s cloud-based data-brokering platform e-Aircraft DataHub collects, transforms, and distributes full flight data collected from hundreds of sensors on the aircraft measuring, for example, engine section temperatures and pressures. This data shared with Pratt & Whitney facilitates Pratt & Whitney in providing its EngineWise Insights Plus engine health monitoring services to airlines.

Pratt & Whitney is the first Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) in the U.S. to join SITA’s e-Aircraft DataHub for big data analytics.

“Engine maintenance exists for the full life of an engine. Once an engine is produced, it then relies on Pratt & Whitney and our technicians to maintain, repair, and overhaul it whenever needed,” Joe Sylvestro, senior vice president of Aftermarket & Sustainment Operations at Pratt & Whitney, said. “Working with data delivery solution providers like SITA, our capability of collecting full-flight data is expanded to a larger aircraft population. More customers are able to benefit from our engineers’ and technicians’ expertise and data-driven insights leading to proactive, preventative maintenance.”

As the air transport industry’s neutral and open data-sharing platform, SITA’s e-Aircraft DataHub enables secure and easy data exchange between airlines and their operating partners such as Pratt & Whitney. Through advanced data processing, the platform provides structured, cleaned, filtered, coherent, and consistent output data across airlines and aircraft types without the need to add or modify aircraft equipment.

Yann Cabaret, CEO, SITA FOR AIRCRAFT, added: “e-Aircraft DataHub is a multi-fleet and hardware-free solution, allowing Pratt & Whitney to retrieve data from virtually any aircraft and any airline around the world, while these airlines remain in full control of their data. Through SITA’s unique data-brokering platform, Pratt & Whitney and airlines can collaborate effectively to gain invaluable, data-driven insights to improve their services across the board.”

CT Expands its 4.0 Solutions Portfolio with Acquisition of Infodream

CT announces the total acquisition of Infodream, a software development company, a milestone in the group’s expansion strategy. With this operation, CT adds three new delegations to its network of more than 25 offices: Aix-les-Bains (France), Bristol (United Kingdom) and Seattle (United States) and consolidates its software area, incorporating a team of engineers specialized in quality control and manufacturing processes. 

With more than 30 years of experience operating in Europe and the United States, Infodream offers Qual@xy Suite, a unique MES software solution specially designed for Industry 4.0, which has already been implemented by global groups, leaders in their sectors. Qual@xy Suite offers an accessible, cost-effective and scalable path towards developing a Smart Factory, always with the goal of improving quality and productivity. Currently, the application has more than 300 customers in sectors such as aerospace, electronics, automotive, defense and luxury, among others, with more than 20 thousand users. 

These capabilities reinforce CT’s expertise in the development of complex software systems using agile methodologies, and diversifies its portfolio of software applications in Integrated Logistics Support, Safety and computational fluid dynamics. 

Jesús Prieto, president and CEO of CT Group, has underlined the strategic importance of this acquisition. “Infodream reinforces our strategy of developing proprietary technologies, an objective that, together with our business model based on sustainable growth and internationalization, allows us to provide added value in the digital transformation processes of our customers. We are very proud to welcome our new colleagues and excited about the experience, capabilities and customers that this team brings to us.” 

For her part, Corinne Clesse, former president and CEO of Infodream, points out that “this operation is a great event which opens very new and exciting perspectives to Infodream: sustainable growth, international deployment, synergies with CT core business to achieve a worldwide Industry 4.0 Customer successfully.”

OASES Partners With Holiday Europe

OASES Partners With Holiday Europe

Airworthiness and MRO software developer OASES added a partnership with Holiday Europe, the Bulgarian airline based in Sofia recently. The company operates a fleet of Airbus A320s and has opted to implement a number of OASES modules including Airworthiness, Planning, Line Maintenance and Materials Management.

The company says using OASES will enable Holiday Europe to “future-proof its business growth” while offering a unified and configurable platform for driving and monitoring their MRO operations, focusing on best practice and compliance procedures.

Implementing OASES brings advantages for Holiday Europe including streamlined airworthiness processes which can be planned, executed, accelerated, logged, and automatically captured for compliance monitoring and reporting; intelligent line maintenance, with the integration of data feeds from EFB, ETL, e-enabled aircraft and electronic operations systems, enabling the control of short-term maintenance planning, aircraft defects and the materials required to support rectification; and material management with the improved cost-effectiveness of stock control.

“We were looking for an industry-proven, all-in-one solution for our aircraft and OASES stood out from the crowd with its comprehensive functionality, excellent support structure and a development pathway that will future-proof our operations for years to come,” said Petko Christoff, CEO of Holiday Europe. “The implementation of OASES will help us bring major benefits to our customers through operational efficiencies, reduced maintenance, simplified processes and improved productivity. Our partnership will help us stay at the leading edge of technological innovation.”

Paul Lynch, managing director of OASES, said, “We are excited to partner with Holiday Europe on what we hope will be a long and successful journey with them.”

Holiday Europe will commence its OASES Cloud implementation in March and will go live with OASES shortly thereafter.

Japan Airlines Selects IFS for Aircraft Fleet Maintenance

Japan Airlines Selects IFS for Aircraft Fleet Maintenance

IFS announced the Japan Airlines maintenance and engineering subsidiary, JAL Engineering, has selected IFS to support fleet-wide long-range maintenance planning. The IFS solution, to be deployed in the cloud, will provide long-range planners with the unified information insights they need to quickly develop and share regulatory-compliant fleet maintenance plans that best support aircraft availability, task yield, and hangar utilization for nearly 200 aircraft.

The IFS fleet planning solution replaces a JAL Engineering legacy fleet maintenance planning process that required extensive manual intervention. The IFS solution will allow the engineering team to manage more aircraft with reduced human intervention due to an efficient user experience, reduction in manual processes, real-time alerts, and automated processes.

Deployed in the cloud, IFS’s planning and maintenance solution will improve visibility across the organization by providing real-time planning updates. JAL Engineering staff will now be able to effectively examine the impact of key strategic decisions in the organization – such as modifying aircraft induction/retirement, adjusting resource levels or changing utilization levels – while also comparing key performance indicators.

“After an extensive market review, JAL Engineering selected IFS for its experience in the industry, strong existing reference customers and its complementary fit with our long-term MRO strategy,” explained Ryo Tamura, president, JAL Engineering “With IFS fleet maintenance planning software JAL Engineering can automate processes that were previously manual and labor intensive, improve team collaboration by allowing planners to work on a single plan simultaneously, and ultimately decrease aircraft downtime and maximize task yield.”

Blockchain: The Future of Tracking Aircraft Parts?

Blockchain: The Future of Tracking Aircraft Parts?

Suspected Unapproved Parts (SUPs) is the FAA’s polite term for counterfeit aerospace parts — almost always of inferior quality — that have made their way into the supply chain, and into aircraft. If an MRO unintentionally uses SUPs, the dangers range from unexpected technical issues, causing Aircraft on Ground delays, to aircraft failures and fatalities.

SUPs are just one issue in the aircraft part supply chain. Another challenge for aircraft operators and MROs to contend with is the theft and resale of legitimate parts. The same is true for authentic parts that are either unserviceable or too old for use, whose provenances are then forged so that they can be resold to unsuspecting customers.

One possible solution to these problems is to assign every legitimate part a unique, easily accessible and fake-proof digital identity that accompanies it from manufacture to eventual disposal/destruction. Fortunately, such a solution already exists: Blockchain.

Mark Roboff , CEO and co-founder of SkyThread, stressed that aviation blockchains are private, not public and very different than those that are used in crypto.  Image by Joy Finnegan.
Mark Roboff , CEO and co-founder of SkyThread, stressed that aviation blockchains are private, not public and very different than those that are used in crypto.
Image by Joy Finnegan.

Originally created to provide a public ledger system for the sale and ownership of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, the secure accounting software that underpins Blockchain can be used to track and authenticate all kinds of real and virtual properties, including aircraft parts.

Blockchain Basics

First things first: What exactly is blockchain? According to the Lisk Foundation, the nonprofit group behind the Lisk blockchain application platform, “Blockchain owes its name to how it works and the manner in which it stores data, namely that the information is packaged into blocks, which link to form a chain with other blocks of similar information.”

“It is this act of linking blocks into a chain that makes the information stored on a blockchain so trustworthy,” according to the foundation. “Once the data is recorded in a block it cannot be altered without having to change every block that came after it, making it impossible to do so without it being seen by the other participants on the network.”

Saravanan Rajarajan, Ramco
Saravanan Rajarajan, Ramco

Saravanan Rajarajan is director of aerospace & sefense aolution consulting & presales at Ramco Systems. He offers a simpler answer: “Blockchain can be described as a digital way of managing information neutrally for all by decentralizing it, thereby ensuring that the information cannot be manipulated.”

Mark Roboff, SkyThread
Mark Roboff, SkyThread

Mark Roboff is CEO and co-founder of SkyThread, a company that is building a blockchain data exchange network for commercial aviation. “I believe it’s very important to highlight that the blockchains being used in aviation are very different from those that are used in crypto,” he noted. “Aviation blockchains are private in nature, not public. Information in an aviation blockchain will be secure, controlled by the data owners and originators, and only available to those that data owners grant access to see.”

Blockchain in an Aviation Context

Blockchain can provide a trustworthy, robust solution to tracking all kinds of items and information, and this includes aircraft parts. They can be given distinct digital blockchain identities by recording their serial numbers along with all the data created about serialized parts — including transactional data, maintenance records, and 8130 tags.

Aircraft parts can be given distinct digital blockchain identities by recording their serial numbers along with all the data created about serialized parts — including transactional data, maintenance records and 8130 tags.
Aircraft parts can be given distinct digital blockchain identities by recording their serial numbers along with all the data created about serialized parts — including transactional data, maintenance records and 8130 tags.

“Serialized parts are already tracked per regulatory requirements,” said Roboff. “The issues blockchain solves include reducing the costs associated with tracking those parts, and avoiding the costs (which are very substantial) that occur when parts can’t be suitably tracked via today’s offline and often disorganized means. Hundreds of millions of dollars in perfectly good, serviceable parts are being scrapped or set aside because of missing data, which is required to sign off on airworthiness. Creating an industry recording of all this data eliminates this in its entirety.”

The efficiency of this solution explains why accounting and consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers is working with airlines, OEMs and MROs to evaluate blockchain’s use in the aviation industry, along with larger digital strategies such as digital twins and data analytics.

Blockchain is particularly well-suited to aircraft parts registration, tracking and authentication — even across multiple owners and territories — because it is “a distributed digital ledger,” said Scott Thompson, PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Global Aerospace and Defense leader. “Each transaction, or ‘link’ in the chain is recorded and securely locked. This information is then shared on a ledger to users with access or permission to the information.” Since transactions recorded in blockchain ledgers are “securely locked very quickly, it is considered nearly impossible to hack, therefore creating a reliable and trusted source of information,” he said.

Scott Thompson, PwC
Scott Thompson, PwC

This strong resistance to hacking means that parts with blockchain identities can generally be trusted to be what they claim to be. The reason: “Blockchain creates an immutable, shared ledger that can provide a history of parts transactions back to manufacture,” said Roboff.

In contrast, “the reason fraud can exist today is because the tracking of parts as required by regulators is offline, disjointed, and fraught with mistakes,” he said. “Bad actors take advantage of this scenario by passing off old parts as new, or by forging 8130 tags. Again, it’s about the data more than the physical part itself. By having everything in a secure blockchain, we eliminate the vectors in which fraud can occur, solving what you correctly identify is a critical safety risk.”

SUPs or stolen parts won’t be able to pass the blockchain test. Their falsified documentation won’t stand up to a search of the appropriate blockchain ledger, if they appear in it at all.

Jeff Staub, Maine Pointe
Jeff Staub, Maine Pointe

“Blockchain promises to give aviation consumers the confidence of knowing the provenance of the parts they want to purchase,” said Jeff Staub, CEO of Maine Pointe, a global supply chain and operations management consulting firm. “It has the potential to be a single source of truth to monitor each part through every transaction that it goes through. In doing so, blockchain makes it easier to automate and collaborate in the platform, systems, and parts procurement process across the aerospace industry, especially when it comes to multi-party arrangements (e.g. JVs, fragmented ownership), MRO, performance-based logistics, and maintenance efforts.”

Aviation Blockchain in Action

Let’s get specific about what blockchain could do for aviation.

“At this stage, blockchain is only being used in aviation in very limited test cases,” noted Thompson. “However, the technology is being evaluated because blockchain has the potential to create an enormous data-lake for aircraft information. This information could be used to automate many transactions which are currently manual, thus improving efficiency and accuracy.”

“For example, blockchain has the potential to provide a complete dataset about every aircraft and every flight,” he said. “It could tell you the history of every part of an aircraft — and there are tens of thousands of parts on an aircraft and its engines.”

Blockchain is particularly well-suited to aircraft parts registration, tracking and authentication — even across multiple owners and territories — because it is “a distributed digital ledger,” according to PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Scott Thompson. The ledger can then be shared with trusted users. PwC image.
Blockchain is particularly well-suited to aircraft parts registration, tracking and authentication — even across multiple owners and territories — because it is “a distributed digital ledger,” according to PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Scott Thompson. The ledger can then be shared with trusted users. PwC image.

Additionally, blockchain could tell aircraft part consumers the entire history of every single part that they buy. This could include “where it was made, who were the workers that made the part, every aircraft and flight that part has been on, where it was maintained, the exact maintenance procedures, who performed the maintenance and where, and their credentials and work history of those employees,” said Thompson. “This information could provide essentially a digital twin of the aircraft.”

Finally, the data collected can be used to spot SUPs at any stage of the procurement process. “Fake parts entering the aviation stream is a real concern for safety, and for military aircraft national security in particular,” he observed. “So having confidence in the source of a part is very valuable.”

Blockchain Benefits

Without a doubt, Benefit No. 1 is restoring trustworthiness to the parts procurement, inventory and usage process. Blockchain incorporates both aspects of the proverb that President Ronald Reagan liked to quote about arms negotiations with the Soviet Union: “Trust, but verify.”

The key to blockchain’s trustworthiness is its use of a distributed digital ledger. “Blockchain has certain properties inherent in its design that enable data to be trusted by multiple parties without there being a central organization managing the data,” Roboff explained. “This enables a shared source of truth.”

“Blockchain information cannot be manipulated due to the system’s underlying cryptographic technology,” said Rajarajan. “This technology makes it extremely difficult to manipulate the data, including data that is vital from an economical or airworthiness standpoint.”

At the same time, the data within a given blockchain ledger is collected from every single user of the system as they use it. This ensures that users have access to a reliable snapshot of every component in the system in near-real time.

The second benefit offered by blockchain being used for aviation parts tracking is based on the data it collects, which reflects the actual lifespans, performance, and problems of parts within the system. This data can be harnessed to improve predictive maintenance for aircraft, rather than using rigidly defined service/replacement schedules that may be more strict than necessary, and thus cost aircraft owners/operators more money and downtime than needed to keep their airplanes safe.

“By utilizing blockchain to store information that can be assessed using data analytics, it allows us to make much better predictions about that aircraft and its individual components,” Thompson said. “By deploying data analytics and developing artificial intelligence to crunch all of this data, you can improve predictive maintenance and improve aircraft availability, while reducing Aircraft on Ground situations. After all, there are currently mandatory maintenance schedules for aircraft and their components that provide built-in safety buffers. But these maintenance schedules are imperfect, which is why the airline industry still experiences many flight disruptions due to unscheduled maintenance.”

A third area where blockchain could make a difference, and one that is very relevant in a time of overstrained supply chains, is supply chain management. “Start with availability challenges that we are living through with the global semiconductor shortage,” said Staub. “Then factor in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia that is impacting nickel, titanium, tantalum that is used in aircraft parts and capacitors, and others. There are real issues for the aviation industry about how to gain visibility and influence across a multi-tiered and complex supply chain. A blockchain system could help provide a common, trusted and accurate source of visibility to where, how much, and what is the allocation methodology for available demand, while also detecting SUPs and other counterfeits.”

Again, SUPs are a real issue for the aviation industry and one that is difficult to manage using current approaches.

A case in point: Back in the 1990s, the U.S. Department of Defense established a “Trusted Foundry” program to identify and ensure dealings with trustworthy IT suppliers. Unfortunately, the number of microelectronics purchased by the DOD is minuscule when compared with the industry’s other customers. “As a result, they haven’t been investing,” said Mark J. Lewis, then-director of defense research and engineering for modernization at the Pentagon, during a 2020 presentation reported on the DOD’s website. “The chips that we buy, the microelectronic components that we buy from those trusted foundries, are in some cases two generations behind what’s available on commercial state-of-the-art.”

To make matters worse, the trusted foundry approach left DOD open to security risks at a supplier level. “We’ve seen a number of examples where the biggest threats that we face often are the insider threat,” Lewis said. “It’s the people inside the fence line, behind the guards, who we think we’ve cleared. They’re the ones that pose the biggest threats to us.”

As a result of these issues, the DOD has abandoned the Trusted Foundry approach and moved to a “Zero Trust” model instead. This approach assumes that every single part the government buys is suspect until proven otherwise by validation and verification testing.

“You depend on data, you depend on validation and verification, you depend on standards that will make sure that what you have has no surprises, doesn’t have back doors that are going to injure you or damage you, and doesn’t act in a malicious way,” said Lewis. “We’re actually extremely comfortable now — we believe that the technologies already exist for us to be able to do that.”

Staub characterized the DOD’s past and current attempts to keep SUPs out of its equipment as “a very expensive and tedious process. Blockchain would be an option for managing this problem in a much more seamless and efficient way.”

Safety enhancement is a definite blockchain benefit. “Aviation is already incredibly safe — about one in every 16 million flights has a fatality — but data analytics enabled by blockchain could further improve safety,” Thompson said. “Yet again blockchain could lower costs by reducing unnecessary maintenance while improving aircraft availability — thus reducing the disruption, cost and customer service issues associated with unscheduled maintenance.”

Obstacles to Blockchain Deployment

With blockchain offering all these benefits for aircraft parts control, an obvious question emerges: How soon can the aviation industry get this system into place?

It could take awhile, said Thompson, and not just because the system’s software and IT infrastructure have to be fleshed out. There’s also the question of who’s going to pay to build a blockchain system (or systems) for the aviation industry, plus how its ongoing maintenance and operations will be paid for.

“Even in a highly automated environment, there is still a cost to collect and maintain data,” he said. “Then the question becomes: How much of this information is really valuable and worth collecting? Perhaps it is best to just start collecting information that is believed to have the most value, such as data on Life Limited Parts, and expand from there.”

Other issues to be resolved: Who gets access to this data, and under what conditions/restrictions? “Before an airline, OEM or MRO will choose to share their data, they will want to know who gets access, how it will be used, and how they get compensated or otherwise derive value from their data,” said Thompson.

Then there’s the issue of human greed and self-interest: “How will suppliers and customers try to use the data to gain an advantage in commercial transactions?” he asked. “There’s a lot of potential for distrust in the supply chain that could impair the blockchain process. The key is to create win-win scenarios for everyone where airlines can improve reliability and reduce cost, while at the same time OEMs and MROs can increase margins, but that’s easier said than done.”

One way to ensure a level playing field is to create a unified blockchain system for the aviation industry, with a “neutral custodian” accepted by all players in charge of it. “SkyThread is poised to be that neutral custodian — a company of the industry but not in the industry; i.e. not an airline and not in the supply chain,” said Roboff. “With this setup, aviation stakeholders can work together without exposing competitive interests or conflicts.”

One last obstacle to blockchain deployment, which won’t come cheap, is competing priorities. “For the past two years, the aviation industry has been focused on liquidity and surviving COVID,” said Thompson. “Post-COVID, there is an enormous emphasis on achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050, or sooner. That’s also going to take a lot of resources — and it’s a market imperative. Of course, there are other priorities as well, such as upgrading aircraft.

“So, the question becomes: How much investment, in time and money, can the industry afford for blockchain development considering competing priorities, and therefore how quickly can it move?”

Where Blockchain Stands Now

Just how close is the industry to an actual blockchain deployment?

“It’s very early days,” Thompson said. “There have been a limited number of blockchain experiments in the aviation industry and those have been internal — namely testing the technology for data collection.”

At Ramco Systems, “we are working on proof of concept to demonstrate the use of blockchain to digitally track and record the movements and maintenance history of parts across airlines, lessors, original equipment manufacturers such as engine producers, logistics suppliers, and maintenance providers,” said Rajarajan. “Results are promising, and we are addressing the challenges of standardization.”

“Blockchain itself is only one element of realizing adoption: It’s getting everybody to come together to agree on what the standards and information should look like,” Staub said. “They also have to agree on how to fund it, and be willing to work together, which can be a problem given the competitive nature of the industry. The capability and infrastructure of the supply chain also dramatically falls off as you transition from OEMs and prime contractors to Tier 2, 3, and 4 suppliers.”

Thompson isn’t even sure that blockchain will catch on. “I firmly believe that the aviation sector will increasingly develop data-lakes and data analytics to improve the safety, reliability, and cost of aviation,” he said. “But it’s still very unclear whether blockchain technology will be dominant or some other technology. It’s also very unclear how fast this will develop, given the challenges around data sharing and competing priorities.”

All these factors considered, blockchain — or an equivalent system — does offer a way for the aviation industry to resolve issues associated with aircraft parts registration, tracking, usage and security.

Lufthansa Technik Chooses Xeditor

Lufthansa Technik, the world’s leading provider of service in the field of civil aviation, now uses the XML editor Xeditor for the creation and editing of job cards. In the aviation industry, job cards serve as the basis for all of the activities in production.

During its selection process for the XML editor, Lufthansa Technik focused specifically on ensuring a web-based architecture, which would allow for easy integration into its existing CMS. In this regard, Xeditor offers the perfect solution. As a web-based system, it can be connected to the infrastructure and deployed in an extremely short time. The job cards are available centrally and digitally.

“The professional and solution-driven approach of the entire Xeditor team ensured swift, hassle-free integration into our CMS,” says Ralf Thändert, head of IT at Lufthansa Technik. “Thanks to the web-based XML editor, our users can now work digitally and without any constraints in terms of time or location.”

flydocs & Wizz Air Announce a Five-Year Partnership Renewal  

flydocs announced a five-year extended agreement with the ultra-low-cost carrier, Wizz Air. Under the renewed agreement, flydocs will continue to provide Europe’s fastest growing and most sustainable airline with digital records management and technical services.

flydocs says Wizz Air will continue to benefit from their “seamless interface of AMOS and flydocs’ support, with aircraft records auditing of over 140 aircraft.” The interfaces between flydocs and AMOS offer enhanced features that enable customers to substantially reduce the time required to manage aircraft compliance.  

“We are delighted to announce the renewal of our long-standing collaboration with Wizz Air which, for us, is a demonstration of delivering advanced software, highest levels of quality technical expertise, and exceptional support to our clients,” said John Bowell, chief commercial officer, flydocs said. “It’s a proud moment for us to continue as their partner of choice which is a great sign of trust and confidence shown in flydocs. We will continue to foster this relationship with utmost commitment and flawless delivery.”  

Heiko Holm, chief operations officer at Wizz Air said: “flydocs has been a valued partner for us and we’re pleased to continue working with industry leaders. With their innovative approach to the digitisation of aircraft maintenance records, we will continue to generate significant cost and efficiency. With our seamless digital pilot-to-maintenance application, which will enable us to deliver our goals to become a paperless airline, we’re hopeful that this long and successful alliance with flydocs will enhance Wizz Air’s technical and operational performance.”   

flydocs and SGI Aviation Join Forces

flydocs announced its strategic alliance with SGI Aviation Services BV (SGI), to develop its financial asset management software solution. The enhanced offering will cater to a diverse range of aviation asset owners through flydocs’ digitized asset management tools. 

SGI Aviation will continue to benefit from the comprehensive solutions that flydocs provides out of aircraft maintenance data and its digital capabilities to ensure smooth integration with their systems and industry offerings.

“We’re excited to be collaborating with SGI Aviation to disrupt the asset management sector with this new product,” said André Fischer, CEO, flydocs. “At flydocs, we are committed to supporting our clients to maintain the highest value of their assets with the use of advanced technology and providing exceptional support to our clients. In SGI Aviation, we have found a trusted and industry-wide respected partner supporting us in producing the best-in-class asset management software to meet the growing demands of the aviation sector. Digital asset management is an emerging way through which aviation assets can be financially, contractually, and operationally administered effectively and with our innovative approach, we will continue to generate significant efficiency gains with flawless delivery.”

Commenting on the announcement, Paolo Lironi, CEO, SGI Aviation stated, “We, at SGI, have been actively involved in setting industry standards, on digital documentation for aircraft and engines, for many years. I am particularly proud to be an active member of the IATA paperless initiative working group and I believe this cooperation with flydocs perfectly fits the SGI strategy to continuously ramp up its ESG contribution. This new software solution will surpass current offerings that lack the simplicity and ease of use that flydocs are known for. We consider it to be a major milestone, reenforcing SGI Aviation’s position as one of the industry’s leading independent asset management companies.”

easyJet Switches to flydocs with Ten-Year Digitization Deal

flydocs, the global leader and partner of choice in digital aviation records and data management, today announced the signing of a comprehensive deal with easyJet to digitise the records and asset management of its entire aircraft fleet.

Under the ten-year deal, the European airline will utilise flydocs’ AMOS integration, a tailored software package, and digital records migration to further modernise their operations and support aircraft transitions.

“Our focus for this year has been to truly cement our place as the partner of choice for digital records management in the industry, and this latest announcement proves that the hard work of the entire flydocs team is truly paying off. The first step of our partnership involved supporting their aircraft transitions, and we continue to provide a range of other in-demand flydocs services, said John Bowell, chief commercial officer at flydocs. “We’re absolutely delighted to welcome an airline of easyJet’s calibre to become our latest partner, and are committed to helping them stay at the forefront of technology advancements in aircraft maintenance.”

Swaran Sidhu, head of Fleet Technical Management at easyJet, said: “At easyJet we remain focused on finding ways to be ever more innovative and data-driven in our operation, and we are already seeing benefits from our operation resilience processes, predictive maintenance and maintenance planning. We are delighted to now be working with industry leaders flydocs, whose innovative approach to digitization of aircraft maintenance records will support us and our fleet of over 300 aircraft across Europe, and further reinforce our efforts to this commitment.

Falcon Aviation Services goes live on Rusada’s ENVISION

Emirati Oil & Gas and business aviation services operator Falcon Aviation Services has gone live with Rusada’s ENVISION software.

Falcon Aviation Services provides bespoke charter services to the Oil & Gas industry, as well as VIP and Helicopter Sightseeing Tours using a diverse ultra-modern fleet consisting of 29 helicopters including Bell, AgustaWestland and Airbus, and 6 fixed-wing aircraft including De Havilland, Gulfstream, and Embraer. It also offers a wide range of operational and aviation support services including, MRO, CAMO, FBO, Aircraft Management and Heliport Management, amongst others.

After a successful implementation project conducted by Rusada’s Middle East division, Falcon Aviation Services are now live on the system. They will use ENVISION to manage their airworthiness, maintenance planning, maintenance execution, and inventory through its Fleet Management, Base Maintenance and Inventory Management modules.

“We selected ENVISION because we needed a system that could effectively link our airworthiness, maintenance and inventory activities. Previously, these functions were working in isolation and weren’t benefiting from the shared knowledge that ENVISION provides,” said Captain Ramandeep Oberoi, chief operating officer at Falcon Aviation Services “Migrating to a new software platform can always be challenging but the team at Rusada and our team here have gone above and beyond to make the transition as smooth as possible and guarantee this project’s success.”

Julian Stourton, CEO at Rusada added, “I’d like to congratulate the teams at Falcon Aviation Services, and here at a Rusada for an incredibly well-executed project. After the inevitable slowdown in implementations due to Covid, we are now seeing projects kick into gear again, with this being our third go-live in the last 3 months. We look forward to even more in the year ahead.”

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