Automated maintenance tracking

New Zealand-based aircraft tracking and management specialists Spidertracks and leading cloud-based aviation software company Aeronet announced the industry’s first automated maintenance tracking solution at NBAA in Las Vegas last month.

The product automatically feeds flight details and events from Spidertracks into Aeronet’s maintenance tracking platform to address the time-consuming, often frustrating and clunky status quo of spreadsheets and pen and paper.
Todd O’Hara, Spidertracks’ chief marketing officer, says that allowing Spider Events and Maintenance Tracking to automate this area of customers’ operations means they have one less moving part to keep tabs on.

“Our recently launched feature Spider Events harnesses the power of the cloud to bring automated third-party integrations such as Maintenance Tracking, a service that automatically logs events and collects maintenance hours.

“For most operators, the data is already there. It was just a case of finding what else we were able to do with it that would provide more value,” he says.

“Where previously you were managing this time-consuming task manually, we now do all the work for you.”
Spidertracks’ CEO Dave Blackwell adds that this product is another milestone in the journey towards providing a broader range of services for customers and that it marks the start of a new, simpler way for operators to manage their fleet maintenance.

“For many years now, we’ve offered greater operational control, safety management and process efficiencies through our tracking and communication products, but there’s been an increasing desire from the market for us to leverage this data and to provide even more value for their businesses.

“We see a lot of examples where aircraft operators are having to work in disparate systems and duplicate data entry in an effort to get the job done. What we’re doing here is automating these work flows and integrating systems to provide greater efficiency and more reliable data, which will ultimately deliver significant cost savings.”...


New operations manager as Wanaka steps up

Experienced airport and aviation professional Daniel Debono will join Wanaka Airport early in 2018 as Operations Manager, following an Australasia-wide recruitment process for the role.

Daniel has worked in the aviation industry his whole adult life and has a solid understanding of general aviation, airport infrastructure, operations, the Civil Aviation Act, associated Civil Aviation Rules, and Health and Safety Legislation.
Originally from Dunedin, Daniel is no stranger to the Southern Lakes region, having worked and holidayed in Queenstown and Wanaka for many years after he graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor of Aviation Management.

Airlines fined

Three US airlines, Delta, Frontier and United, have been fined a total of US$850,000 (NZ$1.165m) for violating US Transport Department airline customer protection rules.

It cost American Airlines $250,000 (NZ$342,000) for failing to make timely refunds to passengers while Delta was slugged slightly less for filing false missing baggage reports in order to prevent its baggage handling rating from slipping from fourth to fifth.....

Medical drones

Robin Kamira is a pioneer in the commercial use of drones in New Zealand. She has a plan for trialling safer drone operations that has gained enthusiastic support from the CAA.

In the proposed venture drones could be delivering medicine to remote, rural Northland communities by March next year.
Her company, Medical Drones Aotearoa, plans to begin a trial delivery of medical supplies to Mitimiti, near Hokianga, in November 2017 and aims to start its first regular service by March, pending CAA approval...

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