Managing Maintenance Resources

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  • December 21, 2015

It can take dozens of people on the ground to manage the maintenance of an aircraft. Ensuring efficient turn around, reducing the risk of an Aircraft on the Ground (AOG) situation and most importantly ensuring the work carried out and the aircraft itself are safe and compliant.

Maintenance involves all tasks required to restore or maintain aircraft systems, structures and components to an airworthy standard. The condition and maintenance of an aircraft must meet the regulation standards to which that aircraft is registered to. This establishes a consistent standard for repair, overhauls and alteration. Operators therefore are required to establish an airworthiness maintenance program with work carried out by qualified individuals whom are certified to issue an airworthiness certificate ensuring compliance with Part M regulations.

The challenge facing organisations is the ability to evaluate and demonstrate competency and compliance of their contractor work force, whom they may not have had any previous experience of working with. Gaining access to training records and work experience can be a time-consuming and resource draining process coupled with the on-going industry concern over fraudulent certificates.

The introduction of a competence management application, such as ELMS, provides organisations with instant detailed insight over their workforces’ competence by having access to training and qualification documents and full validated task record history, making resource management and Part M compliance more efficient.

The Electronic Logbook Management System (ELMS) allows individuals to build a complete digital profile where they can upload their:

  • Personal details;
  • Training records (including certificates);
  • Qualifications (including certificates);
  • Licence info;
  • References;
  • Employment history and;
  • Experience records in the form of a digital logbook (validated by Supervisor)

Quality departments and appropriate managers are able to evaluate the competence of individuals or groups of individuals (in the form of sets) based on a number of key reporting modules that are consistent with Part 145.A.30 (e) ‘Personnel Requirements’.

  • Training and Qualification Assessment: provides a record of an individual’s training, qualifications and certification that can be evaluated against a pre-determined requirement
  • General Competence: takes into account user submitted experience and activity records, that are reported against activity types, maintenance types, aircraft types and the ATA iSpec 2200 methodology using the last five years’ worth of experience records
  • Competency by Task: takes into account user submitted experience and activity records, that are reported against activity types, maintenance types, aircraft types and the ATA iSpec 2200 chapter, sub-chapter and subject methodology, using the last two years’ worth of experience records
  • Recency: demonstrates experience within the last 24-month period as required to demonstrate compliance with EASA Part 66-A-20

A range of management reports including Gap Analysis and Resource and Competency reports provide instant insight into skill spread, recognising where further and recurrent training and development is required, ensuring sufficient supply of appropriately qualified staff.

The integration of ELMS into the aviation industry will provide a means of efficiently monitoring and evaluating competency, to enable swift resource deployment based around data driven decisions. This solution to competency management finally provides a means to minimise risk whilst maximising efficiencies, control and compliance throughout the whole industry. To read more about the benefits click here.

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