Mon, Jan 16, 2006
User-Friendly Resource Provides Real-Time Aircraft
Maintenance Data, Enhancing Safety, Improve Performance, Reduce
NBAA has unveiled the
Forum for Enhanced Reliability and Maintainability Standards
(FERMS), a new, web-based tool that provides business aircraft
manufacturers and operators with real-time information about
business aircraft maintenance and performance.
"Many people in the business aviation community already collect
maintenance data for their aircraft," noted NBAA President and CEO
"FERMS is a revolutionary resource, because it serves as a
central information clearinghouse that can help our entire industry
enhance safety, improve operational performance and reduce costs
for aircraft operation."
FERMS allows individual
operators to benefit not only from the compilation of their own
aircraft data, but also from information contributed by other
experienced fleet operators. FERMS users can enter relevant
maintenance information for their aircraft, including dates for
significant maintenance events, flight hours, landings and the
actual amount of time aircraft are out of service. Users can mine
the collected data, allowing for review and comparison of this
valuable maintenance and performance information.
For example, an airplane's performance data can be compared to that
for other aircraft of the same type, or to different types of
aircraft in the FERMS database.
Prior to its launch, FERMS was pre-populated with operator records
for many aircraft models, so that reports could be made immediately
available. In many cases, operators participating in the FERMS
program can have their own printed and electronic data imported
into the database by NBAA.
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