How complex can an aircraft be? You might say it has a body, wings and two
engines to make it fly. In this day in
age the mass public takes for granted what has happened in the past 100 years
of aircraft development. Taking for
granted may not be the correct statement but more direct might be the lack of
understanding and teaching of what has happened. I challenge you to search the Internet sometime
“how much a 747 weighs at take off” and you will be blown away if you think
about what it takes to lift that weight.
Or you can find it here = http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_much_does_a_747_airplane_weigh_during_takeoff
With the great movement in Air service in the Chinese market, I was involved with a Proof of Concept with a company called SFExpress. SFExpress is a package carrier operating through out China. SFExpress is growing rapidly to capture market share and in doing so has begun the delivery of 6 737 Freighter aircraft this year 2011. They plan to move to more then 30 aircraft by 2013. This aggressive growth SFExpress went looking for a solution to help them maintain their aircraft. They selected the Maximo Asset Configuration Manager (ACM) solution to help them manage the complexity of their aircraft.
With engines, and airframe components having life limits it is paramount that the airline understand the condition, the life, the history of every sterilized component on the aircraft they own. The Maximo ACM solution provides this level of component history. Also to run an airline there are many other areas of business that need solutions to help keep the aircraft in the air and in a safe configuration. One area is assessing the effectivity of Service Bulletins, Airworthiness Bulletins and Engineering changes by OEMs. The Maximo ACM Tech Records application is used to streamline and help you understand the effectivity that these technical documents might have on your organization. It has been a very time consuming situation to determine the effectivity of an OEM document, causing thousands of man hours and at times aircraft groundings. There are many other Modules in the Maximo ACM solution that streamline the aircraft industry, please reach out to me for a better understanding of how the Maximo ACM solution can help your potential clients.
IBM Sale Engineer
A&P Licensed aviation specialist