Flight schedule driven maintenance planning – FlexPlan
NLR offers a flight schedule driven maintenance planning tool that automatically creates maintenance programs and helps you to optimise your maintenance planning.
Maintenance activities reduce the aircraft availability. It gets in the way of your flying activities. FlexPlan, our flight schedule driven AI maintenance planning tool, helps you create maintenance programs and schedule small maintenance packages between flights, improving your aircraft availability.
Operators use various maintenance planning concepts, however, none of these concepts really takes the flight program into account. Common maintenance concepts such as block programs are easy to schedule, but take an aircraft out of service for some time. Equalized programs break up large inspections but they can introduce excessive access and preparation times.
What you need is a tool that automatically creates maintenance programs comprising of small packages and a tool that plans these packages optimally between scheduled flights.
NLR develops a maintenance planning concept that solves these legacy issues. Our FlexPlan:
- Reads a Maintenance Planning Document, interprets the applicability of individual tasks and creates an operator specific Aircraft Maintenance Program automatically
- Creates small packages of tasks, optimally clustered to minimise access and preparation times
- Assigns the packages to maintenance slots based on the flight schedule
Updates the maintenance slots if last-minute changes in the flight schedule occur.
FlexPlan only uses readily available information, namely the Maintenance Planning Document, aircraft maintenance status, aircraft configuration, flight schedule, and a list of maintenance facilities.
It then uses an automated workflow to dissect the Maintenance Planning Document, create packages, schedule these packages and update the schedule if required.
FlexPlan makes extensive use of Artificial Intelligence to optimise the packages, schedule these packages and update the schedule.
The result is a comprehensive maintenance program, with packages that minimise access and preparation times, that schedules maintenance around your flight schedule, and is sufficiently robust to facilitate last-minute changes to the maintenance schedule if your flight schedule is disrupted.
And the best thing is, it is all done automatically; you do not need to spend time on an operator specific Aircraft Maintenance Program or maintenance planning. It is all done for you. And since FlexPlan adheres to the task intervals specified by the original equipment manufacturer, you do not face regulatory issues.
Flexplan is an automated tool that automatically creates maintenance programs and helps you to optimise your maintenance planning. It offers you aircraft availability and reduces your time spent on maintenance programs and planning.
If you are maintaining aircraft or if you are looking for innovative maintenance technologies to improve the availability of your aircraft or to reduce costs, NLR can support you with standard and tailored solutions, aimed at civil and military maintenance organisations, operators and Original Equipment Manufacturer.