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Aviation MRO best practices - What are they and do they actually exist?

Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) in aviation, like most other industries, is bombarded with "best practices" and "How to's" from all over the industry. These can be very useful but need to be considered carefully. There are a lot of things that make MRO's individualized and different to others including location, size, environmental factors, staff, structure (and others) which mean that not ever "best practice" is actually best for you.  As written about in our General Aviation operator...

August 13, 2019

Helicopter Operator 'Best' practices (or maybe 'Proven' practices)

Inspired by Helicopter Magazine article (https://www.helicoptersmagazine.com/operator-best-practices/)Helicopter Magazine, Canada's premier helicopter industry magazine, posted this article recently written by Fred Jones who travels the country meeting with operators. He gets to see a lot of what people do and so identified 20 things he regularly see's crews have with them on flights that could be considered best practice to other helicopter operators throughout Canada and potentially, around th...

August 12, 2019

Best Avaition TED talks you need to watch

Some of the best and smartest get together all over the world for TED events. TED stands for  Technology, Entertainment, Design and the original conference was started in Vancouver, Canada in 1984 and become an annual event in 1990 to bring together experts in many areas to share ideas and learnings. The TED conference was very popular and started a series of events all over the world were people became members of TED to get access to conferences and the content afterwards. With the co...

August 8, 2019

Feature Focus - Using Aeronet "with your thumbs"

In 1969 NASA took three astronauts to the moon using computers that were, at the time, state of the art. Looking back, we realize what an accomplishment that really was as the computing power in comparison to modern devices is laughable. To give a sense of the rate of change, a current iPhone could be used to guide 120,000,000 Apollo era spacecraft to the moon, all at the same time! We have incredibly powerful computers in our pockets all the time and so it makes sense to use them when...

August 1, 2019

7 General Aviation Trends Heading into 2020

2020 is just around the corner which makes those of us who are Baby Boomers or Generation X shudder and remember back to where we thought the year 2000 was a long way away. 2007 also seems an age ago which, in technology terms, was an incredible year. The iPhone was launched, Amazon’s shipped their first Kindle, and Google’s Android operating system was released which now runs the majority of the world’s smartphones. Time and technology flies! As technology change ...

July 31, 2019

Feature Focus - Execute tasks from mobile

A lot of Aeronet users love using the mobile version of Aeronet to complete tasks as it can be done from any device, on the go and "with their thumbs". Most key actions can be done via mobile such as searching for parts, adding flights, adding bookings and adding new tasks to be completed and now users are able to actually execute tasks related to Jobs from mobile Aeronet....

July 25, 2019

Online bookings from FareHarbor directly into Aeronet

For most tourism and leisure aviation operators, bookings are the lifeblood of their business. Whether they’re coming from local, national or international visitors, getting those bookings in is vital to the sustainability of the business.FareHarbor is an online booking software and support system made to help tourism businesses grow. At Aeronet, we offer the opportunity to connect with FareHarbor to create a seamless integration. Bookings and payment can be made directly from your website via...

July 24, 2019

The most popular automated reports to arrive in your inbox from Aeronet

When your brain is filled with things to try and remember, things always fall out. We only have a limited amount of working capacity.  That's why getting things you need to do regularly automated means you can use that limited (some more limited than others!) brain capacity to do the really important things. Rather than trying to remember to get reports out of your MRO or operations software, get them to come to you whenever you need them. Here are, from our experience, the top 6 most popul...

July 17, 2019

One source of business truth & why you need it

Every aviation business owner or manager has the situation at least once a month when they have to dive into multiple locations to get the data and information they require to either make good decisions or get a good idea of where the business is at. Finances, job management, maintenance tracking, operations, sales and marketing and any other systems or departments you might have. This may mean scouring handwritten documents, spreadsheets or logging in from software to software to get the data n...

July 10, 2019

Feature Focus - Engine Trend Monitoring

There is nothing more frustrating than finding a major problem with an aircraft and then, when talking to the crew, they say something to the effect of "yeah, when we were out last week, something didn't seem quite right". Finding small problems before they turn into large problems can save time, money and in some cases injury or worse.   Engine Condition Trend Monitoring requires recording of data such as N1/N2 RPM, Interstage Turbine Temperature, Fuel Flow, Outside Air Temperature, a...

July 4, 2019

Change is Hard! - Implementing new aviation technology & processes

In 2004, Blockbuster reached its peak, with more than 9000 stores all around the U.S., each with 1000's of DVDs, VHS tapes, & video games. But the arrival of Netflix and other entertainment-on-demand, internet based companies destroyed Blockbuster and, in 2014, the company went bankrupt. Blockbuster failed to change.   This sort of thing happens but the thing that makes the rise and fall of Blockbuster harder to take is that they had the opportunity in 2000 to join Netflix. Netflix CEO...

June 7, 2019

Why Aeronet likes to "FAIL FAST" but where we draw the line?

If you've read any recent business books or blogs, you've probably come across the term "Fail Fast, Fail Often" or something similar. It's the battle cry of all cool Silicon Valley startups and any high flying App CEO. We like to use it around the office at Aeronet and with clients but we're always cautious of buzz words. So here's what it means to us and a few things to be cautious of when you have a "Fail Fast, Fail Often" mentality. Dan Pontefract explains that although it "ori...

May 28, 2019

The 5 Benefits of Moving to Aviation Software

In most stages of business there are tipping points. The moment you need to "give up your day job" and go full time in your new business. When your team is so stretched you HAVE to hire another staff member. That moment manual processes need to be automated or moved away from an old, basic system.  We find the natural progression for most aviation businesses is to start using a paper based system, then move towards spreadsheets in either Office 365 or Google Apps, and then they find they ne...

May 22, 2019

Feature Focus - Scheduled Reports

There is nothing quite like that moment when the delivery person pulls up to your house with the order you placed online earlier that week. The anticipation of the arrival is half the fun of getting the package.   Well, has Aeronet got a treat for you!   As would be expected with any business software nowadays, you can generate a whole range of reports from within Aeronet for a whole range of data and information. However, this requires logging into the system, finding the ri...

May 10, 2019

Customized Aviation Reports & Forms

Work packs, Invoices, Form Ones, Rosters and Audit forms. These (and others) are incredibly important to running your operation! Although aviation software systems are designed to speed things up & gain efficiencies in procedures, generally they are focused on the outputs that need to be generated; reports, forms and stationery that is required for work flow, tracking and compliance.   It is vital that all this stationery is correct and has all the fields and data you need on them.&nbs...

May 7, 2019

Feature Focus - Follow Ups

Ask anyone in a relationship and they'll tell you that communication is everything. When communications break down, so does the relationship. This is the case for both personal and business relationships.   Business communications go in a lot of directions; with clients, with investors, within management and, most importantly, with the entire employee team. When communication breaks down internally in a business, it can cause huge problems and, conversely, when communication is going w...

April 24, 2019

Feature Focus - Parts Requisition

It's time for one of your aircraft to have its regular inspection or, heaven forbid, it needs some unscheduled maintenance! This will mean you will have parts that need replacing, materials to carry out the work and maybe even parts you didn't know you needed to replace that need to be sorted out. Sounds like it's time to requisition some parts! As a part of Aeronet.MRO, there is a clear parts requisition journey that your engineering and stores team can take to make sure your team have wha...

April 12, 2019

Aeronet.MRO - Who should use it & how it helps aviation maintenance, repair & overhaul businesses?

Although vitally important, your regulatory obligations in a rotor or fixed wing maintenance, repair & overhaul business can slow your team down but there is good news! It doesn't have to be this way! Aeronet.MRO has all your compliance is built in. Compliance becomes something that just happens as you use Aeronet, not something extra to manage at the end of a process. It insures engineers and administrators have control of their work-flow in a sometimes difficult, regul...

March 27, 2019

Aeronet OPS - Who should use it & how it helps aviation operations?

Waiting for pilots to add data about a flight can be painful and the last thing pilots want to do after a long flight is data entry. Imagine if you didn’t have to wait for pilots to enter vital data accurately.  This is where Aeronet.OPS comes into its own. Aeronet can utilize a range of satellite tracking systems to provide you with consistently updated, accurate fleet tracking. This allows Aeronet.OPS to provide accurate, timely flight reporting without waiting ...

March 26, 2019

Aeronet.MT - Who should use it & how it helps maintenance tracking?

Aeronet.MT is the modern aviation operator’s solution to Maintenance Control. Unneeded paperwork is a nightmare for anyone and aviation maintenance control is no different. With Aeronet.MT you can say goodbye to mounds of paperwork, out-of-date systems and manual error prone records. If you need to track the maintenance needs of your fleet, Aeronet.MT is the solution for you.Whether you are Director of Maintenance, Director of Safety, involved in quality assurance or tech records for...

March 25, 2019

Feature Focus - Aeronet Bookings

Taking bookings is a key part of most aviation businesses. Whether it's another ski run up the mountain that comes in via email, a corporate client needs passengers taken from A to B and back coming in on the phone or an aircraft needs to be unavailable to fight fires that desperately need to be put out, these bookings need to be done quickly and accurately.   With Aeronet's Bookings module you have all the tools you need to be able to streamline your booking process for your entire te...

March 20, 2019

Roles & responsibilities in your aviation business

Like most businesses, the story of how you started will be unique. Maybe you were maintaining one or 2 aircraft and then next minute, you've got 50 you look after and track. Perhaps you were just flying your own helicopter all of a sudden you had a fleet of 10 and a team to operate and maintain them.   However that process happened, you probably grew your team where you needed them and the team just got the job done as well as they could and people naturally fell into roles and respons...

February 13, 2019

Why can't I just try out Aeronet or "Turn On" Features?

Sometimes we get asked to turn on additional features for our clients so they can "scope them out". This obviously seems like a simple request but it might not be as straightforward as it seems.   Imagine you and your friends getting together for dinner at someone's house and you're having homemade burgers. (Stay with me here). One friend, Jeff, trying to be helpful says "I'll make everyone's burgers for them." So while you enjoy a drink or two, Jeff is busy making burgers for everyone...

January 23, 2019

Three Types of Business Problems

In business there are only 3 types of problems. Process, People and Systems. No more. Every problem fits into one of those three boxes. This is often referred to as the "Golden Triangle".  At Aeronet, we are always working with our clients to identify where the issues they are facing fit as that then gives the best way to fix the issue.   So what are these three types of problems and how can they be addressed. ...

January 9, 2019

Automated Flight Data - Aeronet & Spidertracks

Talk to any pilot and they love to fly. What they don't love is doing paperwork before and after flights. Tired, busy pilots should be spending as much of their time flying, not completing forms and entering unnecessary data. The dream would be for a pilot to take off, fly the aircraft, land and the data about that flight is automatically tracked and appears in all your internal systems. The holy grail, a paperless cockpit.   This is why at Aeronet we're really excited about ...

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