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De Havilland Canada Chooses IFS to Integrate its Value Chain

De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (De Havilland Canada) is rationalizing its application landscape and replacing 300+ legacy business applications with an extended enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform from IFS. 

IFS Applications will be deployed in the cloud at De Havilland Canada’s facilities in Toronto and will support operational processes including sales and order management, manufacturing, materials management, procurement and finance, and aftermarket support.

“We chose IFS because of its impressive qualifications in the global aerospace and defense sector as well as the comprehensive nature of its technology,” said Anca Preda, vice president, Information Technology, De Havilland Canada. “By unifying our entire operations on the IFS stack we will get full control and transparency across mission-critical processes including sales, project manufacturing, materials management, procurement, finance, all the way through to aftermarket service. All using out-of-the-box, fully integrated functionality. This is a significant investment by De Havilland Canada that will help us increase efficiency and effectiveness while offering even more value to our customers.”

“Concluding an extensive bid process, IFS was selected among other reputable ERP solutions,” said Scott Helmer, president, IFS Aerospace and Defense (A&D). “De Havilland is a beacon in the aerospace sector and we are thrilled to be joining their journey of transformation and development. Our product offering has been tried and tested over decades by some of the largest and most demanding organizations in the A&D sector, making us the ideal partner for any business looking to optimize its make-to-order or make-to-stock operations and seamlessly integrate it with project management, finance, CRM, supply chain, service and beyond.”

The solution will be implemented by IFS partner Tsunami Tsolutions.

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Leading Global Helicopter OEM Selects Ramco Aviation

Global Aviation software specialist Ramco Systems announced that it will implement its flagship aviation software Ramco Aviation M&E MRO Suite V5.8 for a leading helicopter OEM, to digitally transform its global MRO operations.

Ramco will implement its unified enterprise application containing modules for Engineering, Maintenance, Supply Chain, Safety Compliance, MRO & Part Sales and Mobility for Warehouse and Mechanics.

Ramco  says their Aviation Suite will “enable high productivity and automation of MRO Operations by moving away from manual recording of data and enabling access to real-time information.” The application is designed to ensure high efficiency with next generation capabilities like straight through processing, mobility, hub-based architecture and secured technology. The system also enables task card digitization with electronic signature capability to achieve paperless operations with dual authentication.

“Having gained the confidence of seven of the top 10 Heli-operators, this win puts us on the front foot to lead the Heli MRO segment,” Virender Aggarwal, CEO, Ramco Systems, said. “We are thrilled to add a leading helicopter manufacturer to our growing clientele. Our focus on delivering digital transformation with quantifiable results continues to gain the trust of clients, globally. This has been possible because of the steadfast focus we place on innovation and infusing our application with AI, ML, chatbots, user based personalization and more.”

 

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Leading Global Helicopter OEM Selects Ramco Aviation

Global Aviation software specialist Ramco Systems announced that it will implement its flagship aviation software Ramco Aviation M&E MRO Suite V5.8 for a leading helicopter OEM, to digitally transform its global MRO operations.

Ramco will implement its unified enterprise application containing modules for Engineering, Maintenance, Supply Chain, Safety Compliance, MRO & Part Sales and Mobility for Warehouse and Mechanics.

Ramco says their Aviation Suite will enable high productivity and automation of MRO Operations by moving away from manual recording of data and enabling access to real-time information. The application will ensure high efficiency with its next generation capabilities like straight through processing, mobility, hub-based architecture and secured technology. The system also enables task card digitization with electronic signature capability to achieve paperless operations with dual authentication.

“Having gained the confidence of seven of the top 10 Heli-operators, this win puts us on the front foot to lead the Heli MRO segment,” Virender Aggarwal, CEO, Ramco Systems, said. “We are thrilled to add a leading helicopter manufacturer to our growing clientele. Our focus on delivering digital transformation with quantifiable results continues to gain the trust of clients, globally. This has been possible because of the steadfast focus we place on Innovation and infusing our application with AI, ML, chatbots, user-based personalization and more.”

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Getac Debuts V110 Rugged Laptop With Fast Connectivity Options

Getac Technology, a maker of rugged computing solutions, has released the latest generation of its V110 laptop aimed at professionals in such challenging work environments as law enforcement, emergency medical response, aviation maintenance, field-utility installation and repair, military, and manufacturing.

According to Mike McMahon, Getac President, the next-gen V110, which is available from select resellers now, combines the functionality of a laptop with the convenience of a tablet via a proprietary hinge design that enables users to shuttle between tablet and laptop mode in a single step.

“The new V110 is significantly ahead of conventional laptops which are basically either tablet computers with limited-function cable connections or Bluetooth keyboards, or touch-screen equipped laptops,” McMahon says. “The V110’s water- and shock-proof keyboard, by contrast, is a full 56 percent larger than the typical 10.1-inch [screen] rugged laptop’s keyboard. It also has 88 standard-sized, red-backlit, island-style independent keys that provide an unmatched premium feel and increased durability.”

Other outstanding standard features of the latest V110 include a more powerful Quad-Core processor, a revolutionary 11.6-inch Getac LumiBond 2.0 widescreen indoor/outdoor/direct-sunlight display, a high-speed, rugged-mount PCIe SSD, dual hot-swappable batteries for virtually unlimited runtime and Getac’s unprecedented three-year bumper-to-bumper warranty with accidental damage coverage.

As the use of Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth-dependent devices has skyrocketed in both the consumer and business sectors, cutting through conflicting signal clutter to meet their time and place responsibilities has become an increasing challenge for mobile workers, particularly – and most critically – first responders.

“Our family of fully rugged laptops are the first choice for in-vehicle computing systems for many of the most technology-aware police and fire departments, hospitals, ambulance companies, and utility- outage repair crews in the world,” McMahon says. “With the new V110 we’ve ratcheted up the outstanding connectivity our Enterprise customers know and trust another notch by incorporating the latest 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 technology for up to three times the wireless data speeds of prior units and increased performance in dense or congested environments.”

“We believe the V110’s  combination of WLAN, WWAN, Bluetooth, 4G LTE, GPS, and advanced onboard technology to lower power consumption, even when connected, will ensure that users can get online and obtain a workable, accurate, productive data connection anytime, anywhere. This holds true even when extreme channel-clogging and bandwidth-overload plague competing communications-and-computing devices in the area, causing chronic failures to connect, as well as timing out, broken-data stream errors, and frequent dropouts.”

Other configurable I/O data capture-and-sharing options include Getac’s unique KeyWedge Barcode Reader Utility for generating clear readings from barcodes obscured by grease or debris, plus an RFID reader, USB3.1 Gen 2 Type C connections, and an 8MP rear camera.

In addition, the optional Getac antenna tri-pass-through solution provides more accurate GPS and faster connectivity to WWAN when used with a V110 joined to a secure vehicle dock.

Tri-pass is a veritable “golden tool” for utility field-force workers and engineers.  Weighing in at less than five pounds, the magnesium-and-polymer-clad V110 is compact enough to be easily employed wherever field engineers need it, while its extensive connectivity options make it possible to transmit important data from any location. The device also supports powerful mobile geographic information systems (GIS), enabling the display of surveying and mapping schematics directly on its crystal clear, outdoor-legible, and all-weather touchscreen display.

Timely and effective support for remote users in industries such as public service and power-cable installation and management can literally mean the difference between life and death. GDMS, like the KeyWedge, is part of an ever-expanding group of core options available through the Getac Select program.

GDMS is a Software As A Service (SaaS), on-demand solution that tracks which devices on a network are working optimally and which aren’t. By spotting potential issues early, GDMS can highlight potential issues before they eventuate, resulting in substantial savings in repair costs and network downtime.

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Sapura Technics Goes Live with AMOS

On November 29, 2019, Sapura Technics obtained its first Part 145 provisional approval from the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM). In parallel, the company signed for the AMOS MRO Edition to take advantage of the latest AMOS pure MRO features in order to manage its line and base maintenance activities.

Started in January 2020,this new AMOS implementation projectc onsolidates Swiss-AS’ presence in Malaysia and the APAC region. Sapura Technics represents a newborn star in the region’s MRO market, and working in a close relationship with their young and motivated team was an exciting and productive way to focus on the key success factor and the potentials of AMOS in their pure MRO business.

Ronald Schaeuffele, CEO of Swiss-AS, states that “the commitment of the Sapura Technics’ project team during these difficult times deserves full recognition and respect. At all times during the implementation,the project team remained focused on their ultimate objective to successfully implement AMOS within time and budget. Sapura fully embraced the performance of online sessions such as“Virtual Instructor-Led Training”, which in part,helped them to navigate the challenges presented by the Covid-19 crisis.”2/2SWISS-AS.COM

After a six month implementation phase, Sapura Technics successfully went “live”with AMOS release 19.6 on the 1stof July 2020. The completion of this milestone enables Sapura Technics’ supply chain and commercial department to use AMOS productively in their day-to-day operations. It also opens up the AMOS system to the engineering and planning end users for the definition of detailed customer requirements and work instructions, and the facility and resources planning operations respectively.

It is expected that the first heavy maintenance check to be carried out by Sapura Technics will be in the next quarter, assuming that there will not be another major wave of the current COVID-19 pandemic. As agreed with the customer, this launch event will see our AMOS APAC team providing its on-site support at Sapura Technics hangar facilities located at Senai International Airport –provided the easing of the travel restrictions to Malaysia is realized.

Syahril Shariffof Sapura Technics, says, “we are excited to have the AMOS system“live”on time despite the current global pandemic. Starting with AMOS from the onset as a new MRO, allows us to embark on industry best practices utilizing new applications and big data technologies such as paperless MRO delivering fastest turn around time of aircraft base maintenance. Other than the expected efficiency in the areas of planning and production,the MRO system will allow faster response time to market for quotations and digital advantage of sending and receiving packages from our customers in electronic format.” After a period of stabilization, Sapura Technics will launch the implementation of AMOS mobile to equip its mechanics with a functional platform that supports daily line and base maintenance paperless activities. With this fully integrated AMOS add-on, staff has access to live data and is given the chance to record all activities directly at the aircraft, without having to go to the office for reporting.

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Companies Using ARCdocs Pass 1,500 Milestone

Now used by more than 1,500 companies and flight departments, ARCdocs from ARC Safety Management is an aviation document management and distribution software and app with read and initial tracking and permissions controls. With ARCdocs, aircraft operators can store aircraft and operations documents of any file type or size, while ensuring that everyone has the most up to date versions. 

The company says their app is easy to navigate and can be used offline, so content is always available. ARCdocs is part of the ARC Safety Management software/app suite, a convenient platform for flight departments to manage their entire Safety Management System (SMS) online. Administrators of ARCdocs can lock files to make them private or to restrict access, thereby adjusting content visibility depending on the user.

Another feature is read and initial tracking, which offers the ability to mark a document as required reading, as well as the ability to track and acknowledge that something has been received and opened. “ARCdocs is included for free with any manual from AviationManuals and is a far better document management tool than other widely used free storage solutions, given functionalities like permissions controls and read and initial tracking,” said ARC Safety Management CEO Mark Baier. “ARCdocs is the only digital distribution software and app that can be delivered with quality content from AviationManuals, our sister company. It can also be bought on its own for only $850,” he added. 

ARCdocs is part of ARC SMS software and app, a scalable SMS platform for flight departments. It complements other ARC modules such as ARCaudit, ARCmetrics, ARCrisk, ARCreport, ARCquiz, ARCsurvey, and more. ARC is fully modular so operators can adapt their SMS to their operation as needed.
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Lockheed Martin Skunk Works Completes First Go-Live with iBASEt

iBASEt, a leading provider of manufacturing, quality, and MRO solutions that enable digital continuity, today shared the success that Lockheed Martin Skunk Works has achieved with its implementation of iBASEt’s Manufacturing Execution System (MES). The first site went live without customization in just eight months, a remarkable achievement considering the complexity of such a project. Future sites are expected to go live even faster.

Lockheed Martin’s iBASEt MES deployment delivers leading-edge digital continuity across the company’s manufacturing engineering, process planning, shop floor execution, and quality management operations. Over the coming years, iBASEt says MES will be deployed across multiple Lockheed Martin sites. 

“Our digital continuity strategy consolidates multiple existing systems into a single platform, allowing for the necessary retirement of many outdated legacy systems,” explained Brad Leech, senior manager, MES Implementation at Lockheed Martin Skunk Works. “The improved capabilities of the system allows our team to quickly adapt, delivering more value to our customers.”

“It has been exciting to work with Lockheed Martin along their digital thread journey. Together, we have redefined how a successful MES solution can be deployed within the complex discrete aerospace and defense manufacturing industry,” said Naveen Poonian, CEO and president at iBASEt. “In times of change when facing extreme challenges, leaders rise to the occasion and innovate to take the industry to the next level – we are now experiencing this firsthand and have learned a great deal as part of the process.” 

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AeroMates GmbH goes for AMOS

AeroMates is a Part-145-certified start-up company that specialises in Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul of aircraft components including Wheels (MRO).
Since the two founders both have gained vast AMOS experience from their former careers, the decision was quickly taken in favour of AMOS. This valuable know-how has also allowed AeroMates to implement AMOS in an extremely quick and streamlined approach according to the special needs of a start-up with a limited number of users and a lean set-up.

“It’s an honour for us when experienced AMOS users decide to rely on our software when building up their own business. Implementing AMOS at a start-up company once again confirms that AMOS is the right choice for any aviation business regardless of size and scope. AMOS is able to bridge the gap between complex multi-entity companies and lean start-ups, and everything in between, when it comes to managing their aviation maintenance business,” states Ronald Schaeuffele, CEO of Swiss-AS.

“Quality and reliability are extremely important to us as an MRO,” Patrick Mohr, CTO and co-founder of AeroMates, said. “With AMOS, we have exactly the right partner at hand that also offers us the necessary flexibility and adaptability.”

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Salus Aviation Taps Ramco for Software

Software specialist Ramco Systems announced that it will implement its flagship aviation software Ramco Aviation M&E MRO Suite V5.8 for the Salus Aviation Group, one of New Zealand’s largest aviation services providers.

Ramco Aviation software will offer different modules on the cloud such as Maintenance and Engineering, MRO Services and Part Sales, Supply Chain Management, and Compliance, bundled with Finance and Manufacturing offerings, while delivering simplified user experience via Hubs, the company says.

New Zealand-based Salus Aviation has seen consistent growth due to regular expansion and acquisition activities. This growth has led to a large and a specialized employee base throughout the entire group supporting the helicopter and fixed-wing industry from locations across New Zealand and the United States.

In order to improve operational efficiencies, Salus embarked on a digital transformation initiative and chose Ramco’s integrated Aviation Suite to provide a single platform across the business, ensuring group-wide operational visibility and discipline, with the hope of improving overall efficiency.

“We chose Ramco as our preferred ERP supplier as it provides an end-to-end solution backed by next-gen technology in real-time,” Rab McLean, head of IT, Salus Aviation, said. “We believe that this will help us achieve a successful digital transformation. We look forward to working with their team to see how its software can solve our company pain points while improving overall efficiency.”

Virender Aggarwal, CEO, Ramco Systems, added, “We are pleased to have been chosen by Salus Aviation for our Aviation Suite among different vendors, underscoring our track record in the aviation industry. Since Salus manages operations across multiple locations and value streams, it requires a holistic overview of all the operational processes in real-time to make better decisions. We at Ramco are glad to be able to fill this gap for them.”

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Breeze Airways Selects Vistair to Provide Safety Compliance

Vistair Systems announced a partnership with new start up airline, Breeze Airways, to support their enterprise-wide safety management approach.

Based in Utah, Breeze Airways is the latest airline of JetBlue Airways founder David Neeleman, which plans to begin operations at the end of 2020.

The decision to select Vistair reflects Breeze Airways full commitment to a data driven and proactive, safety and compliance culture, through an integrated safety management system that is used by some of the safest and best airlines worldwide, including Delta Air Lines, easyJet and the UK Ministry of Defence.

Breeze Airways says it has a strong focus on the latest technology and digital experience for their operational systems and tools. Identifying and partnering with reputable and expert aviation suppliers is a key strand of their strategy.

“With ambitious growth plans for the future, we needed a modern, scalable solution that will support our advancements and growth,” David Neeleman comments.

Ian Herbert, CEO at Vistair adds: “At Vistair, we believe in providing an enterprise-grade, fully supported SaaS solution that will advance the future of aviation safety. Underpinned by a modern, scalable and highly secure cloud-first architecture, our modular suite of SMS solutions creates an integrated information environment for the global airline industry to identify, monitor and mitigate safety risks.”

The agreement further includes ASAP support functionality, that will enable Breeze Airways to submit ASAP and incident reports through an easy-to-use, mobile first platform.

The carrier has ordered 60 brand-new Airbus A220-300 aircraft, with deliveries beginning in April 2021, and has leased Embraer E195 aircraft, which will be delivered in October 2020.

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