The Avdex Aircraft Maintenance Planning (AMP) system has grown to become a South African Aviation industry standard. This system is widely used by AMO’s and Operators to track and manage aircraft maintenance. The Avdex team realized that documentation of aircraft history is critical to ensure an accurate reflection of the status of maintenance.
Record keeping is often a problem when an aircraft changes owner or AMO. As many aircraft remain on the AMP system when owner or AMO changes, it would be ideal to keep records in a common cloud archive linked to the aircraft through the AMP system. This central archive has huge benefits to the responsible person involved. Answering audit queries or verifying maintenance becomes much easier.
The cloud archives are maintained by the AMP users directly and documents, logbooks, work packs, certificates etc. can be added at any time. An aircraft report is available showing all documents in the archive with a direct link for downloading of the documents at a later stage.
Due to the critical nature of these documents, a secure cloud server has been selected for storage of this data. Although uploading large files could slow the system down, the total available space for the aircraft archive is unlimited. Storage space is based on a fair use policy and has no additional cost to the client. The archive facility is immediately available to all existing users. Contact Avdex at email@example.com to activate your account per user login and more detailed instructions for the implementation of an aircraft archive.
Avdex have again improved the AMP on-line maintenance tracking site by adding related documents to scheduled tasks. AMP provides a complete, objective and independent aircraft maintenance tracking solution for aircraft owners and operators in order that they may comply with the Civil Aviation Regulations for the maintenance of their aircraft.
Avdex have now added document links to tracked tasks to allow AMO’s to access the original source documents faster and simpler. Avdex monitor all the publications for base line schedules built for client aircraft types. The relevant document or listing is then linked to a task to allow viewing or downloading, giving the AMO immediate access to the source document. If a maintenance document, SB or AD is issued or revised, the base line schedule is amended and the source document is linked to the task item.
Your feedback on the AMP user interface enabled us to improve the user interface for our users. The new interface is now live and we would like to get your feedback. We are excited about the new format as we have been working on the interface for the last couple of weeks to ensure a smooth transition.
The site layout is still the same, but we have incorporated the following improvements:
- We have changed the hosted server to a more modern and powerful server and added a second domain.
- Each site now has a SSL certificate which allow access on https, which are more secure.
- Page refreshing time has dramatically been improved as we have changed the page update structure significantly.
- Aircraft sections remain active between window. This improves the user experience as users will normally work on the same aircraft between multiple windows.
- Reports will now open on a second window tab, which will allow you to open more than one report or continue working while a report is loading in the background.
- Report processing time has been reduced as we have streamlined the amount of data transferred especially on longer reports.
We have also added a dashboard feature on the home page. This will display interesting information about AMP and specific status information to give a quick overview of the aircraft linked to a user login.
The dashboard shows user specific information related to AMP Renewal dates, aircraft usage capturing and aircraft when last maintenance was captured on aircraft components. The existing domain: amp.avdex.co.za is still functional, but a second site has been added: avdexamp.co.za. Click here to visit the new site now.
One of the functions of maintenance planning is to be able to forecast items and tasks becoming due at a future date or time. The time can be aircraft hours, cycles or landings, engines hours or cycles as well as a date for calendar limited items.
In preparing a work pack of due items, it is essential to clear items that will become due before the next anticipated schedules inspection. AMP enables users to do this by calculating the average usage of the aircraft and its components, based on the immediate past usage stored in AMP. When printing AMP status reports, Due item lists and Due task cards, it is essential to use the calculate button to reset all due times for components. Users then select the report time period for the forecast ie 1 Month, 2 Months 6 Months or 12 Months to cover the period till the next foreseen scheduled maintenance.
Sometimes however, an aircraft may be about to be placed in service where the average usage will increase (or decrease) substantially from the recorded values. AMP users are able to reset the average usage to a pre-set value for the reports.
To do this:
- Go to the Usage window in the AMP interface.
- Select the aircraft from the dropdown, and select the ‘Set Average Usage’ tick box.
- Enter the expected average monthly usage in the value fields.
- Press the ‘Submit Usage Averages to database’ button.
- Press the ‘Calculate All Due Dates’ button.
- Go to ‘Reports and print the desired reports.
All due times will be based on the new average usage values entered. Calendar based tasks will always be due by the elapsed calendar time. Hour, Cycle and Landing Tasks will now be forecast by the Average usage as entered.
For those Tasks which are due by Hour, Cycle or Landing and Date, and the H/C/L task is forecast is due after the Calendar due date, the Calendar due date will be used as due date. If the H/C/L Task is before the Calendar due date, both dates will be shown as the H/C/L task is the first limiter and can change due to varying usage.
To reset Average Usage to AMP calculated values, recalculate due time or add new usage.
Avdex staff have just returned from a successful sales and training visit to Gaborone, the capital and aviation center of Botswana.
With the growth of aviation in Botswana, the industry has seen the addition of new training schools, transport tourist companies and AMO’s.
Avdex staff conducted training with the staff of Aviation Maintenance Center, Major Blue Aviation, and Flying Mission, all of which provide pilot training as part of government sponsored programs to provide additional qualified aviation personnel.
Avdex provide workshop administration and aircraft maintenance tracking software to the aviation industry and are pleased to be associated with the expansion of aviation in Botswana