Ramco Aviation has introduced a suite of Anywhere Apps that tie together pilots, mechanics, stock clerks and runners who carry parts to aircraft, managers who approve part orders and MRO customers. For example, Ramco’s Fly Anywhere App includes functions of an Electronic Flight Bag. Mechanic Anywhere covers task and discrepancy cards, component replacements, part requests, consumption and returns, timesheets, reporting and electronic logs. Other Anywhere apps cover functions appropriate to each type of user.
Head marketer Amrith Ganesh says Ramco began developing the suite in 2014 and presented it in early 2016. “We have three to four customers in the roll-out phase, one of them live recently on two of the apps,” he says. Ganesh predicts rapid adoption by others. The Anywhere Apps use representational state transfer (REST) application programming interfaces (APIs) so they can be used with non-Ramco maintenance management systems. Anywhere is also pre-integrated with Ramco’s own maintenance software.
To use Anywhere, carriers or line MROs must have personal devices and a Wi-Fi or 4G cellphone network with sufficient access points and coverage. Most airlines have mobile device management software that they can use to distribute Anywhere apps to devices and then manage these devices. Ganesh says airlines should exploit the advantages of Anywhere apps by also rethinking and redesigning their work processes, methods and procedures. “Looking at mobility as just another application delivery mode would be a big mistake.”
All Anywhere apps have intuitive user interfaces and automated default options to minimize data entry. Much work can be done by simple gestures such as swipes. The apps exploit device capabilities such as cameras, GPS locations and voice. The Mechanic Anywhere displays each aircraft’s seat layout according to the aircraft interior configuration document. Scheduled- inspection task cards are laid out logically with electronic sign-off capabilities.