Digital Compliance Inspections in the Aviation Industry

The aviation industry doesn’t only revolve
around aircraft, there are many processes in and around the airport that
require attention for passengers to reach their destinations safely. A host of
ground crew provide vital maintenance and compliance checks in between flights,
of their own ground handling equipment and other safety procedures. To
understand the importance of keeping systems and personnel on the same page,
one only needs to look at the recent tragic Boeing 737MAX debacle, which
brutally highlights the centrality of information sharing. Aside from aircraft,
there are many systems, processes and assets within the aviation industry that
require different types of compliance inspection.

Aviation equipment and aircraft inspection
follows similar processes to most other equipment and asset inspection
checklists; its important to be up to date and detailed. This is why many
industries and organisations are choosing to move their pen and paper checklist
inspection methods into the digital era. Digital inspection is today provided
by a twofold partnership, marrying a mobile device; such as a smartphone or
tablet, with a back-end intelligence database; accessible via a web-portal.
This digital ecosystem will improve safety and productivity, reduce the loss of
inspection data, and provided analysis based on the performance of inspections
or assets. The web-portal access also benefits many aviation organisations that
have international, or multiregional operations; digital works 24/7, 365 days a
year. Data can be transferred instantaneously, meaning the management team on
the way back from meetings in North America can update the system for your
inspection checks at your airport in Australia.

A digital database and computerised
maintenance management system (CMMS) can alone contribute to an enormous
improvement in business operations, but where the real return on investment
(ROI) can be found is through the inspector’s daily use of the mobile device.
Replacing pen and paper, a smartphone or tablet can input data directly to a
database via taking pictures, text input or even speech-to-text services.
Additional recordings can be made via scanning barcodes or using RFID systems.
This leaves no discrepancies in interpretation, sends all data directly from
recording and removes the double-entry data issue – currently an extreme
timewaster for many businesses. The user also benefits from helpful features
such as automatically suggested corrective actions, or reference material in
the form of aviation manuals or safety regulations. Assets and equipment can be
monitored from cradle to grave, the database providing a historical record of
every maintenance, inspection and parts replacement. This information is fed
back into the inspection checklist, so that inspectors are more informed during
their inspection process and checks. This
large host of features all points to one thing, an improvement in the business
efficiency and safety. Compliance, quality assurance and safety inspection
become quicker and more detailed, raising your ability to keep assets
performing and customers travelling safely.

Properly inspecting any
aviation equipment is a key part of keeping the operations and assets safe. To
keep your processes up to date ensure your organisation has electronic
inspection checklists. 

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