In the future complex, integrated aircraft will require more and more automation for fault detection, diagnosis, and resolution. In addition, new diagnostic and prognostic safety analysis will require electronic tracking of maintenance findings and actions.
- Degradation in maintenance quality of legacy aircraft which were previously paper-based but are transitioning to a computerized format
- Inappropriate skill sets among maintenance personnel because of changing processes, tools, and techniques to support the new computerized systems
- Poor task verification processes
- Lack of coordination between maintenance and flight crews
- Disconnect in processes for handling the formal aircraft log; manual, via automation, or ?
- Failure of processes to fully inform crew of inadequate pre-flight aircraft status due to new electronic log entry formats; mismatches between manual, paper logs and electronic logs
- As with any digital system, it is not enough to make “digital” copies of paper (scanning, PDFs). It is critical to build in “smart” tags, indexes and cross-references so information can be navigated and “found.”
- Loss of access to existing maintenance information during transition process to electronic records.
- Cumbersome access to historic maintenance records required to be kept by aircraft owner.