Advances in MRO planning and scheduling systems

Effective planning and scheduling of an airline's MRO requirements are vital both for its finances and the satisfaction of its customers. Airlines need to benefit from solutions that simplify the complex range of MRO processes – scheduling, forecasting, replenishing inventory, repair & overhaul and delivery of serviced aircraft – thereby increasing efficiency and delivering substantial cost savings.

Recent trends in IT systems for maintenance have been directed towards access for mobile devices and web-based applications, tighter integration of modular elements, and the capacity for long-term planning and forecasting.


Dallas, Texas-based Omega Aviation Software has just released version 5 of its Ames planning and scheduling software. The main change is that Ames 5 is entirely web-based, says marketing director Michael Formby: “We’re hosting the solution for most of our customers, so there’s no longer anything to put on the customer side. Basically they log into a web page and they can get all the functionality that we offered before.”


Unlike earlier systems written in programming languages such as Delphi, Ames 5 uses ASP.NET, C# and JavaScript - programming languages that perform well on mobile platforms. This, according to Formby, facilitates the transition to web-based applications and tablet devices such as Apple's iPad: “We designed Ames 5 from the beginning with the idea that it was going to be available on mobile devices, so we didn’t use Flash or any plug-ins like that. We tried to stick with technology that would allow us to go mobile easily.”


AMOS 10, the latest release from Swiss Aviation Software, has added major functional enhancements, including multi-entity functions and the addition of a new maintenance programme introduced in response to the requirements of complex maintenance organisations. 


Existing features were also enhanced, by extending rotable control dimensions and improving resource management functions, as well as presenting features to cover the needs of new-generation aircraft operators. A resource/facility management programme, which is fully integrated into the AMOS planning module, allows the allocation of resources such as hangar bays, tools, human resources and aircraft. 


To find out more, read the new issue of Aircraft Technology Engineering & Maintenance (No. 129), available to read online via a web browser or our MRO Network Reader app.

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