A new Web-based tool for NBAA members provides business aircraft manufacturers and operators real-time information about business aircraft maintenance and performance.
Called the Forum for Enhanced Reliability and Maintainability Standards, Ferms allows individual operators to benefit not only from the compilation of their own aircraft data, but also from information contributed by other experienced fleet operators.
Ferms users can enter relevant maintenance information for their aircraft, including dates for significant maintenance events, flight hours, landings and the actual amount of time aircraft are out of service. Ferms then acts as a clearinghouse to allow for review and comparison of maintenance and performance information.
For example, an operator can compare an airplane’s performance data with that for other aircraft of the same type, or to different types of aircraft in the Ferms database. Before launching Ferms, NBAA uploaded the database with operator records for many aircraft models, so that reports would immediately be available. In many cases, NBAA will import into the database the printed and electronic data of operators participating in the Ferms program.