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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Rotorcraft Report: SkyBOOKS Lite to Serve Orange County FA

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Jacksonville, Fla.-based SkyBOOKS has introduced Lite, a user-managed version of its aviation maintenance management program. The launch customer for SkyBOOKS Lite is the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA), which will employ the program for its fleet of two Bell 412 and two UH-1 helicopters.

SkyBOOKS COO John Willis explains that while the Lite version reduces operator costs, "it will still provide AD/SB [airworthiness directive/service bulletin] and maintenance manual revision services, although daily updates will be user-managed." Operators can still use all the SkyBOOKS functions in the full program, as well as alert services and warranty tracking.

John Wilson, OCFA’s director of maintenance, notes that SkyBOOKS Lite "will allow us to manage all compliance requirements and revisions within one program."

Meanwhile, SkyBOOKS has added updates to its full software suite. Based on recommendations from customers, SkyBOOKS release 4.1 contains summary task cards, a minimum equipment list (MEL)/Discrepancy module and improved warranty component tracking. Users can create summary task cards from all items that appear on the "Due" list, and an optional certification statement can serve as a return-to-service logbook entry. Among the features of the MEL/Discrepancy module are tracking operational limitations and maintaining the MEL historical log. The warranty component tracking function allows users to add warranty data and associated documents on the component level.

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