If you've ever looked at the cabin entrance before or after a flight, you've probably seen a crew member fill out thick paper forms. These forms form the so-called cabin technical logbook, journey logbook, or simply aircraft logbook.
Such paper procedure presents two major pain points:
1) First of all, the ground maintenance team must come to the aircraft to retrieve the log book, and for each requested maintenance operation, the operator must go to the damaged item, give a look at it, analyze the default, and go back to the technical warehouse to retrieve spare parts and needed tools to fix the item,
2) In addition to that, it often occurs that the operator starts analyzing the log book as the crew team has left the aircraft. Since it is handwriting, it often occurs that the operator faces difficulties in deciphering the writing
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Digital Cabin Logbook: PXPortal
Digitizing this paper-based process offers operators solves both pain points. Yet, EASA/FAA regulations are very strict and require maximum security in case of device malfunctions. Some solutions exist on the market, such as bluetail or planelogix, yet they involve downloading apps on crew devices that they don’t always have. With an Inflight Digital Platform, formed of onboard wifi servers and smart POS (Point of Sales), regulation-wise you won’t replace the paper, yet in a couple of clicks its digital twin can be easily created, with bonus adding pictures. As the aircraft lands, a structured and detailed report is sent to your maintenance team, which can even directly feed your Aviation Maintenance Software (AMS) via APIs. Easily readable by the operator, this report provides all relevant information to spare an inspection visit, generating time efficiency for your aircraft maintenance.
Did you know that the loss of FAA-mandated aircraft logbooks can reduce the value of an aircraft by up to 25% or greater? Having a digital cabin log book, ensures safe data storage, complements the entire aircraft log book you may have, and thus preserve the value of your aircraft.