West Star Aviation is issuing Apple iPads to more than 600 of its technicians to increase efficiency and decrease aircraft downtime, the MRO provider announced this week. Loaded with Camp Systems' Corridor Go software, the iPads allow technicians to perform their duties away from fixed workstations.
Besides the capabilities provided by Corridor Go, the iPads provide updated technical information from vendor-issued apps and OEM maintenance manuals covering airframes, avionics, non-destructive testing, and windows. Parts ordering can also be accomplished through the iPads, in addition to internal communication and supplemental training.
“This substantial investment in technology is aimed at simplifying workflow wherever possible by providing a more digitally enabled work environment,” said West Star v-p of human resources Katie Johnson. “By providing hardware that provides quick access to technical data, training material, and safety certification content in the hands of the technicians, we are continuing to empower our people to succeed.”
West Star first beta-tested the iPads with Corridor Go last fall at its site in Perryville, Missouri. It finished distributing the iPads at its Grand Junction, Colorado, location this week, and further plans to have iPads distributed to its technicians in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and East Alton, Illinois, by the end of May. A company spokeswoman told AIN that techs at West Star's satellite locations will also be outfitted later with iPads.