ABACE Convention News

New Aircraft Maintenance Tracking Solutions on Display

 - April 15, 2018, 10:00 PM
Aircraft maintenance is increasingly all about documentation, inventory tracking, health monitoring, and a variety of other information-intensive, data-rich disciplines. While it is still vital to know how to spin a wrench, understanding software is growing in importance.

With mandated periodic inspections, replacement of time-limited components, and myriad unscheduled repairs, aircraft maintenance presents a complex tracking task, and most flight departments and operators rely on dedicated tracking software and services to handle the responsibilities. At ABACE 2018 a trio of the field’s leading firms—Camp Systems International and sister company Corridor Aviation Service Software (Booth H1103) along with Traxxall Technologies (Booth P517)—are showcasing the latest upgrades in their ever-evolving digital maintenance tracking solutions.

Camp Systems’ maintenance management tools are used by operators of more than 20,000 aircraft and 31,000 engines. The U.S. company’s roots (the name is an acronym for “computerized aircraft maintenance programs”) go back to the mid-1960s, when the founders introduced model-specific computerized maintenance tracking for early business jets. Today, it’s the factory recommended maintenance tracking provider for Boeing BBJ, Beechcraft, Bombardier, Cessna, Dassault, Embraer, HondaJet, Piaggio, Pilatus, and Socata.

Camp recently acquired several smaller maintenance trackers (Cescom, CMP, Avtrak, and Daniel Systems) and its latest release, Camp Connect, on display here at ABACE, integrates their systems with Camp’s flagship Maintenance Management tracking tool. Camp also recently introduced a maintenance tracking solution for helicopter operators, sure to be of interest at ABACE given China’s rapidly expanding rotorcraft fleet.

Camp’s suite of Aircraft Health Management solutions covers aircraft health, shop-floor efficiency, and market knowledge, with engine health monitoring integrated directly into Camps\’s maintenance tracker. Camp is the exclusive engine condition trend monitoring provider for all Pratt & Whitney Canada and Honeywell TFE and HTF engines, and customers can view engine data within the Camp application. Camp expects to add more engine brands to this service coverage.  

Canada’s Traxxall Technologies is showcasing enhancements to its Traxxall Aircraft Maintenance Tracking System that “take technology up to another level,” said Mark Steinbeck, Traxxall’s president. The system is designed for business aviation operations, and can be used for aircraft “from an [Cirrus] SR22 to a BBJ,” fixed-wing or rotor, single aircraft or fleet. The latest updates allow maintenance technicians “to go completely paperless on the hangar floor,” Steinbeck said. The analyst-supported maintenance and inventory tracking solution features customizable reports and dashboards along with tablet and smartphone apps. Offered based on an annual per-aircraft service fee, the system is more affordable than many competing products, according to Steinbeck, and compatible with the widely used Rockwell Collins FOS.

Corridor Technologies offers CAAC-approved software designed to streamline aviation maintenance operations, improve control and visibility, reduce turn times, and increase profitability for aviation service providers.

“We have plenty to show both existing and prospective customers about how we help them address many of their day-to-day business challenges,” said Mike Greig, Corridor’s vice-president and general manager.

Corridor automates functions such as maintenance operations, inventory tracking, and maintenance record keeping, and supports customers from training and implementation through ongoing use. Here in Shanghai, Corridor is showcasing its latest and soon-to-be-released products, including the Corridor v11.5 release, which features customer-requested tools such as formalized pricing and availability requests from the shop floor, enhanced vendor quoting and additional integration to StockMarket.aero, along with customer portal improvements. Greig noted that as a result of the company's 2015 acquisition by Camp, Corridor customers can now automatically generate job estimates and quotes via Camp Connect; all data loaded into Corridor is automatically uploaded into the Camp system.