With so much emphasis on digital technical publications these days, it might be easy to forget about some of the important tools that make an effective digital maintenance library tick. Simply digitizing technical documents is not enough today. A powerful indexing system, for example, is one of ATP’s invaluable tools in a digital maintenance library that helps the technician find all of the information required for maintaining and servicing a specific aircraft.

Qualities To Look For In A Modern Indexing System

Indexing systems are designed to account for changes and variations in product names or model designations, which in many cases differ from what is shown on the aircraft’s type certificate. For example, Cessna Aircraft Company’s entry-level business jet is branded as the “Citation Mustang.” However, its FAA type certificate shows it as the “Cessna Aircraft Company Model 510.

As airframes and engines mature, are upgraded, or come under new ownership or support organizations, rebranding could occur or different model numbers are assigned. An effective maintenance library service includes an indexing system that stores all of this information in a database and allows technicians to find information regardless of which name is used.

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For the aircraft mechanic, the ultimate technical publication search tool is one that eliminates the need to repeat searches using multiple model names or designations in order to access the complete digital library of supporting documentation linked to that aircraft. Without a powerful indexing system, a publication search using an older name or model number might return no results, and critical information could be missed.

The Ultimate Aviation Technical Indexing Solution

For the past 40 years ATP has captured indexing data encompassing nearly all general aviation aircraft models. This database includes the names of all original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) who have owned or supported the airframe, powerplant, avionics, accessories and appliances. It also includes the names of the companies that currently hold support responsibilities, and type certificates acquired from the original manufacturer-but do not necessarily produce the aircraft; along with all corrected or alternate names or numerical model designations for the aircraft or subsystems. Today, all of that data is cross-referenced by the PowerTrak™ Indexing System, a proprietary software tool from ATP.

The PowerTrak Indexing System

The PowerTrak Indexing System from ATP is the most comprehensive tool of its kind with the ability to cross-check data concerning alternate manufacturers, model designations and marketing names. Simply entering any name associated with an aircraft into the PowerTrak system will pull up all regulatory data such as FAA and European EASA certification and safety-related actions, including maintenance alerts, airworthiness directives, and safety bulletins, and all OEM documentation including manuals, parts catalogs, type certificates, STCs, and service bulletins.

Fully integrated into the Document Search tools in the ATP Aviation Hub™ Online Service, the PowerTrak indexing system enhances the mechanic’s productivity by saving hours of research time to find the most current technical data and support information under whatever name or model the aircraft is currently or previously known. The PowerTrak system can also help users know where to source parts and service, as well as find a complete history of any safety-related or regulatory issues.

About the Author: ATP

ATP is the leading provider of maintenance tracking, flight operations, inventory management, repetitive defect analysis, and troubleshooting software. The company’s applications help reduce operating costs, improve aircraft reliability, and supports technical knowledge sharing and collaboration within the business aviation, military/defense, commercial aviation, and OEM industries.

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