Boeing delivers iPad app for aircraft maintenance technicians, lending to greater productivity, fewer flight delays

“Boeing, in an effort to make routine maintenance and diagnosing aircraft issues faster and easier for airline technicians, has launched a suite of new mobile applications for the Apple iPad,” Courtney Howard reports for Avionics Intelligence.

“With Boeing’s new apps, technicians gain immediate access to manuals, part numbers, and other critical information to resolve maintenance issues plane-side and collaborate with co-workers remotely,” Howard reports. “In turn, airlines can enhance real-time regulatory compliance, reduce flight delays, and reduce operational costs, says a company spokesperson. ‘Mobile technology is an important aspect of our digital airline strategy, which is to harness the power of information, technology and analytics to create insights that give our customers the Boeing Edge: a competitive advantage in the marketplace,’ says John Maggiore, director of Fleet and Maintenance Solutions, Boeing Digital Aviation. ‘Data-driven optimization across flight operations, airspace and maintenance operations is saving aircraft operators millions of dollars in operating costs today. This is an exciting new chapter of that journey.'”

“Alaska Airlines technicians estimate that using the apps on a 0.69-pound iPad mini to access critical information will save 4,000 pieces of paper a day,” Howard reports. “‘We are very excited about the launch of these new products,’ Maggiore says. ‘They are a great addition to the Boeing portfolio and will deliver even more value to our customers when used in conjunction with capabilities such as Electronic Logbook, Airplane Health Management, and Maintenance Performance Toolbox.'”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “James M. Gross” for the heads up.]

21 Comments

      1. BTW, Pauline Hanson was/is the most stupid politician EVER in any country. Really, look her up on YouTube and watch her video she made in case she was asasinated, funny as hell

      2. In the aviation industry everything needs to be tightly controlled. With iPad apps this has been done by vendors supplying unsigned apps to customers to be signed by the customer and deployed in house. Apple changed the wording of the developer contracts to prohibit this, to try and get more money out of everyone. The end result was that you had to deploy apps through the apple app store and lose version control or pay an exorbitant fee to use vpp.

    1. Believe it or not there is at least one influential aviation supplier touting the Surface as the platform most suited to the industry. Most iPad/EFB programs have a shelf life of 3 to 5 years so it will be interesting to see what happens come update time.

        1. So true. As I have previously posted here, that’s why PC’s and their counterparts are shoved down everyone’s throats here at Cornell. Billy built us a new tech building costing millions and millions. Pay back is a bitch—for all the employees with Dells forced on them. Surprised Cornell hasn’t given a new Surface to every incoming Freshman, right now giving nothing is better than giving a Surface.

      1. In the early ’90s, with the productivity of the Mac clearly evident, a senior IT manager said “Hey, let’s make Boeing an all Windows desktop computing environment. It became so, except for a few graphics enclaves.” It could happen again. Seattle is too close to Redmond to escape the infection. While HQ may have moved to Chicago when McDonnell Douglas took over in the late ’90s, sufficient idiocy remains in Seattle to produce that result.

  1. From what I’ve seen, most EFB’s are running Windows XP! iPad EFBs are a much nicer user experience. That’s for the boys & girls up front. Behind the scenes, Engineers will welcome the additional tech, but give me a bigger hammer; as QA will never allow uncontrolled data to be used for maintenance, along with undocumented work in a true paperless ‘office’.

    1. The XP EFBs are well and truly on the way out. iPads are the near future. Longer term I reckon we’ll see a bespoke android or Windows rt platform assume dominance unless apple change the way they treat enterprise customers

      1. Take a look at Dell if you want to see how wafer thin/negative margins to achieve enterprise dominance worked out in real life.

        Enterprise customers tend to buy the cheapest/shoddiest crap available when it comes to staff computers. That’s probably not a market Apple is in any hurry to be a part of.

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