Major carriers and MROs are moving toward digital rather than hardcopy MRO processes, at least within their own organizations.
As a result, software providers are increasingly looking to add paperless workflows for smaller aviation companies, one of which is Aviation Intertec Services (AIS).
“One particular area where AIS expects to see increased demand in coming years is paperless maintenance processes,” notes the company's CEO Eric Hansen.
Distinctively, AIS’s RAAS software is a workflow-oriented M&E product designed for mid-tier commercial fleet operators. Its intended market is commercial operators of regional and narrowbody aircraft with fleets from 5 to 50 aircraft, although it can also support other segments.
RAAS features overlap with but do not directly compete with those of applications such as AMOS and Trax because typical RAAS customers do not desire the complex workflows imposed by larger solutions, nor the related expense.
A key element of RAAS’s approach to efficiency is encouraging customers to integrate data among key systems to share data and boost transaction efficiency. Hansen says this approach differentiates RAAS from other solutions designed for smaller operators. In addition, RAAS is 100% web-browser based, and direct data extract is supported throughout most of the user interface.
The market remains small, with AIS CEO Hansen arguing that there are only three or four software solutions suitable for the mid-tier airlines in the market at this present time.