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Airbus Helicopters has signed partnerships with two new maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) software providers — Aircraft Maintenance Systems and Lundin Software — that will enable its maintenance information systems (MIS) to be connected to Airbus, facilitating the two-way exchange of maintenance and aircraft data from Airbus to the customer’s MIS.
Aircraft Maintenance Systems (AMS software) and Lundin Software (Gannet) join MRX Systems, Rusada, Ramco and Traxxall, which were announced at Helitech in Amsterdam in October 2018, expanding the total number of MRO software providers connected to Airbus to six. In addition, Ramco and Traxxall will be upgraded to Premium status, meaning its number of interfaces with Airbus systems will increase.
By connecting with Airbus systems, MRO software providers can more quickly upload important rotorcraft data and technical documentation into the MIS, especially when a new helicopter is put into operation.
Helicopter operators as a result benefit from knowing that its maintenance software contains the most up-to-date information about their aircraft. Companies can also automatically transfer maintenance records into Airbus Helicopters’ database, enriching the analytics capabilities of HCare applications like the Fleet Keeper digital logbook and Flyscan predictive maintenance, avoiding manual transfers.
“Helicopter maintenance data is an important data set that tells us a lot about the health of an Aircraft,” said Matthieu Louvot, executive vice president of customer support & services at Airbus Helicopters. “Our partnerships with MRO software providers enable us to unite disparate sources of maintenance data in one global database, where we can perform a variety of analytics and gain new insights into maintenance planning that help our operators optimise costs, enhance safety and increase the availability of their fleets.”
For Airbus Helicopters-approved service centres and small- and medium-sized fleet operators without a dedicated MIS, Airbus Helicopters and Rusada offer Fleet Master, a turnkey homegrown MIS hosted by Airbus and based on Rusada’s Envision nGEN solution that seamlessly exchanges maintenance data with Airbus systems.
Today, more than 600 helicopters are sharing data with Airbus Helicopters. They represent just about every helicopter type in Airbus’ range — H125s, H130s, H145s, H155s, H175s, H215s, and H225s, among others — performing a wide variety of missions including emergency medical services (EMS), public services, tourism, training, private and business aviation, oil & gas and search and rescue.