Maintenance software provider Commsoft is now offering its Oases software package to the U.S. business aviation market. The UK-based company has been providing maintenance planning and control software to the airline industry since 1971. The software has also been in use by European and Asian corporate FBOs and continuous airworthiness maintenance organizations for the past five years, and the company has now adapted it for individual corporate operators in the U.S. market and has an unspecified launch customer.
Rockwell Collins’s Airshow 4000 v2 moving map has gotten a major facelift, and the company brought in some of California’s top video game programmers to make sure designers got the new version right. The new v2 is a software upgrade, and the entirely new mapping includes some two hundred 3-D enhancements and makes use of satellite-derived topographic data from NASA.
One of the major irritants with software is that few maintenance programs interact with one another. Users might have to log maintenance with one software program and manipulate parts inventory and ordering with another, while keeping track of labor management with a third. But this is about to change.
Houston-based handling agent Universal Weather & Aviation has purchased Cornerstone Logic, creator of software package FBO Manager. The software company will continue to be based in Edgewater, Fla., and its founder, John Nelson, has been named its vice president.
Smartsoft recently released Flight WTK 2.1, a new version of weight-and-balance software for cellphones that support Java scripts. The software performs both helicopter and airplane weight-and-balance calculations, and users can either download data for their aircraft model or manually input aircraft data. In addition, the $59.95 Smartsoft software can calculate runway crosswind and headwind components.