Streamlining Preventative Maintenance for the Aircraft with the Power of Data

Preventative Maintenance

Recently, aviation industry leaders gathered virtually for FlightPlan: Charting a Course into the Future, a virtual event hosted by Inmarsat and the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX), to examine the current state of the aviation market and later predictions for recovery in the wake of COVID-19.

Shiv Trisal, Commercial Aviation Leader with Collins Aerospace, joined as a speaker, discussing the immense value of data analytics in preventative maintenance for aircraft.

Trisal set the stage outlining two transformative shifts occurring in the aviation industry: the increasing connectivity of fleets and the growing availability of technology that derives more value from data. “Cheaper storage and data transmission as well as easier access to almost unlimited processing power have enabled converting data into useful, actionable information that can drive operational efficiencies and improve the passenger experience.”

From there, Trisal unpacked three contributing factors to the implementation of a reliable data analytics approach for preventative aircraft maintenance. He stated that you need the following to truly optimize the application of data analytics in this arena:

  1. Access to the right data – “Aircraft platforms capture significantly more data [today], but this does not guarantee improved predictive maintenance capabilities,” Trisal explained. “The key here is to capture the right data. Big data can be truly big, but it’s time to get smart.” Trisal offered an example of how product expertise from system OEMs can drive smarter analysis methods and enable more targeted outcomes. This could mean a reduction in delays and cancellations or No Fault Found cases in component repair, all translating to dollars saved and safer journeys.
  2. Flexible, cost-effective connectivity to the asset – “You can have the best asset intelligence models in the world, but if you can’t get the data from source to decision in a reliable fashion, you’re looking at lost opportunities,” stated Trisal. “A key application of smart data, however, is to be able to compute in-situ and make more effective trade-offs towards the cost and value of data transmissions.”
  3. The ability to leverage data with trust and control – “In the current landscape, data generators are not getting enough value for their own data,” noted Trisal. “This creates a potential trust deficit between the generators of data and consumers, or processors, of this data. It’s important that the airlines feel in control of their own data at all the steps in the process. We believe firmly in the opportunities that data and connectivity bring to the aviation industry.”

You can watch the entire FlightPlan event on demand here and hear what experts across the aviation industry have to say about the current state of the industry and how its leaders are pushing forward in effective, innovative ways. Trisal’s presentation in full can be found here as well.