Better collaboration between OEMs and airlines on the issue of data is a key priority of today’s aviation landscape, a panel at MRO Europe heard on Thursday (Oct. 5).
In an aircraft update session including representatives from Boeing, Airbus and Embraer, the growing presence of OEM digital solutions in the market was discussed, with the panelists emphasizing the importance of meeting the collaboration challenge around data.
“Data collaboration is key and we need to find ways how to do this effectively,” says Gustavo Souza Ribeiro, CRM & technical services director at Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer.
“Collaborating with data will bring more mutual benefits for airlines and MROs, but how to do this effectively between the parties is the real challenge.” David Longridge, VP services sales for Boeing, agreed with Ribeiro’s viewpoint on the issue of data collaboration.
“No airline wants 50 different applications to look at its aircraft - ideally they’d like to use one or two” Longridge says.“Collaboration is the most important thing along with understanding what airlines expect from a digital service which is simplicity and the ability to integrate it into their current systems which can prove a real challenge.”
Meanwhile, Joachim Mirabaud, head of FHS engineering and pool management at Airbus, says the aircraft maker through its open data platform SkyWise - announced in summer 2017 - is looking to simplify the way it is implemented into the IT systems of airlines. “There are some airlines running off 40-year old systems and it can be difficult to connect the old with the newer generation systems.”