While most people in the aviation industry would agree that data transparency is a bit uncomfortable, “getting over that and getting to a point where a customer and supplier anchor themselves around [the fact] that truth is in the data and [that they] make a difference based on that,” is where the outcomes lie, says Giovanni Spitale, general manager of GE Aviation's Flight Efficiency Services.
Sure, there are technological and regulatory challenges to deliver the right data at the right time and right place, but are those the biggest obstacles—or, is it a reluctance to change behaviors?
The question of why our industry is so traditional and is reluctant to change came up during Aviation Week's MRO IT Roundtable sponsored by Boeing on Sept. 23 in London. People talked about how innovation happens in their organizations, and how they push the best ideas forward. But often, incorporating changes comes slowly. Does your company have the processes and culture in place to make these ideas flourish?
If our industry is going to become more predictive and efficient throughout the supply chain, is it time to take a leap of faith and trust the data—and accept that mobility is coming?
Given that MRO Asia occurs Oct. 29-31, I'll leave you with examples of data and mobility progress happening within the region. Spitale told me EVA Air and Garuda Indonesia are starting to feed flight data to GE for use in its fuel-management program, which is designed to help airlines reduce fuel use and carbon emissions. EVA and Garuda enlisted their whole fleets in the program.
In addition, Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Co. is developing a safety reporting app for smartphones with Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The app will provide Haeco employees with an easy way to report incidents that did not cause injuries or unsafe conditions. If the pilot program is successful, the MRO will expand the app from Apple to Android- and Window-based platforms.
I hope to see you in Singapore and get your views on leaping to the next level.
—Lee Ann Tegtmeier
Chief Editor MRO