Whenever you send an email, you generally use a single application that you have come to know and understand through consistent use. But just imagine a world in which each time you sent an email to a different person, you would have to use that person’s specific email application, such as AOL, Yahoo, or Google – each of which operates differently. If that were the case, sending and receiving emails would become a slower, less effective process, and it’s a safe bet that fewer emails would be sent.

Complexities With Managing Traditional Technical Documentation

An aircraft maintenance technician who is not using a single source for document access is up against the same situation since almost every OEM has its own way of enabling access to – and searching – technical documents. In addition, data may reside on CDs or DVDs, on network servers, or may only be made available via proprietary web applications.

If documentation has to be accessed using multiple methods from multiple manufacturers, the chances are the mechanic will not become proficient in every method, or get comfortable using the variety of software in which proficiency will be required. This not only hinders productivity but is directly related to the use – or non-use- of the technical data, which raises serious safety concerns. In fact, it has been shown that when technical data is easily available, mechanics are more likely to use it. That’s why, if all technical publications can be located within a single source, managed by a single subscription, and accessed by the same software interface, productivity and safety will be greatly enhanced.

How You Can Streamline Information Management With A Modern Maintenance Solution

The ATP Aviation Hub™ Online Service uses a single URL and brings all the information from multiple sources into a single service which consolidates information and allows advanced cross-searching and indexing across publications for almost every general aviation aircraft make and model. All the technician has to do is enter a single username and password to see document content from various manufacturers and regulatory bodies, presented in a single, standardized view, with standardized search, navigation, and compliance tools.

Aircraft Maintenance Mechanics Moving through Hangar. Holding Tablet Computer

For example, if a technician is looking for information pertaining to a Cessna 152L using the ATP Aviation Hub Online Service, he would simply key in “Cessna 152L” and all documentation related to that aircraft will be displayed. That documentation includes the type certificate and all technical data and regulatory information on the airframe, including airworthiness directives, service bulletins, type certificates, maintenance alerts, master minimum equipment lists (MMEL), safety bulletins, and maintenance publications.

The Underlying Benefit Of A Single-Source Application

In the same way that having a single application makes your email a convenient and valuable service, having all your technical and regulatory information in one application from one source also improves productivity and safety for aviation maintenance. Since all of the data is purchased and managed under a single subscription, providing unified access and a common interface with all manufacturer and regulatory documents, the mechanic will spend the majority of his time working on the aircraft and will be more likely to find and use all available documentation.

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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