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Effective date : Turnkey maintenance of a customer's aircraft fleet is managed by a single management service provider MSP controlling integrated maintenance and materials services from a central operations site. The MSP converts data received directly from on-board aircraft systems into information it uses to manage maintenance service providers and parts suppliers.
The MSP contracts with and manages maintenance, repair and overhaul organizations MROs who perform the maintenance on the customers' aircraft at line and base stations. The MSP either remotely manages part inventories at the customer's site, or manages suppliers who deliver the parts to the MROs. Maintenance planning, scheduling and execution information is exchanged between the MSP, MROs, part suppliers and the customers through a shared data communication network controlled by the MSP.
The MSP charges the customer for the maintenance services based on a flat rate per unit of aircraft flying time. Maintenance of commercial aircraft fleets requires the coordination of multiple service and information providers, as well as part suppliers. Line and base maintenance operations required to support aircraft flight readiness require up-to-date service manuals, maintenance repair records, engineering drawings, trained personnel, specialized tools, facilities, parts and an array of other resources.
The logistics required for deploying, warehousing and maintaining inventories of repair parts at multiple service locations is also complicated, since parts must be procured from multiple suppliers as well the OEM aircraft manufacturers.
Supply chain management and coordination of service providers is made more challenging where fleet aircraft serve wide geographic areas, making centralized service and inventory control by the airline operators impractical. While some minor maintenance, e. The airline operators nevertheless remain largely responsible for managing the material supply chain, performing service operations, coordinating ground service equipment, and managing information flow, including compliance with regulatory and maintenance certification requirements such as Air Worthiness Directives ADs.
Consequently, multiple commercial airlines must dedicate identical resources for maintaining the internal infrastructure and personnel needed to manage the various service and material management activities outlined above. Accordingly, there is a need in the art for centrally managed, integrated maintenance services for aircraft fleets, which overcomes the deficiencies of the prior art discussed above. The present invention is directed toward satisfying this need. In accordance with one aspect of the invention, a method is provided for managing maintenance management of fleet aircraft for customers.
The method comprises the steps of: collecting data from each of the aircraft in the fleet relating to the condition of the aircraft; organizing a plurality of maintenance service providers under the control of an integrator to provide maintenance service for the aircraft in the fleet; organizing a plurality of part suppliers under the control of the integrator to provide parts used in the maintenance service; and, using the collected data to establish the effectiveness of the maintenance service.
In accordance with another aspect of the invention, a method is provided for managing maintenance of commercial fleet aircraft for customers. The method comprises the steps of: organizing maintenance service providers under the control of an integrator to provide maintenance service for the aircraft in the fleet; organizing part suppliers under the control of the integrator to provide parts used in the maintenance service; collecting real-time data related to the operation of each of the aircraft; converting the collected data into information representing the reliability of each aircraft; establishing reliability benchmarks for the fleet using the reliability information; and, comparing the reliability of the aircraft in the fleet with the benchmarks.
In accordance with still another aspect of the invention, a method is provided for centrally managing the maintenance of fleet aircraft for customers. The method comprises the steps of: organizing a group of maintenance service providers and part suppliers under the control of an integrator to provide maintenance service and parts for the aircraft in the fleet; collecting real-time data from each of the aircraft related to the operation of the aircraft; generating reliability information representing the reliability of the aircraft based on the data collected; and, using the reliability information to establish benchmarks for the reliability of the fleet.
One advantage of the invention is that the overall cost of fleet aircraft service are reduced because maintenance services are integrated under the management of a single integrator, thus eliminating or reducing the need for each airline operator or owner to maintain the personnel and infrastructure normally required to manage maintenance and maintenance service providers.
Another advantage of the invention resides in real time information sharing between the customer, maintenance service providers and the integrator. Real-time aircraft health data and maintenance information provided to the maintenance service providers through a web-based navigation tool improves their efficiency in planning and executing maintenance tasks.
Various additional objects, features and advantages of the present invention can be more fully appreciated with reference to the detailed description and accompanying drawings that follow. Aircraft in a fleet controlled by owners or operators 30 receive maintenance and repair parts from various sources, primarily under the management and control of the airline operators The airline operators 30 perform their own maintenance or contract with maintenance, repair and overhaul organizations MROs 32 who provide major maintenance services at so-called base maintenance locations, however in some cases the MROs 32 may also provide minor maintenance services at so-called line maintenance locations or facilities.
The MROs 32 also maintain an inventory 42 of parts which they procure directly from part suppliers Tooling, ground support equipment GSE and facilities 40 are procured by both the airline operators 30 and the MROs Similarly, technical manuals and training 38 are obtained by both the airline operators 30 and MROs 32 from the aircraft OEM 34 and the suppliers Thus, it may be appreciated that the current system for providing maintenance services and related materials to the airline operators 30 is highly decentralized, relies on complex logistics and requires each airline operator to maintain infrastructure and dedicated personnel to manage both internal and external maintenance services and the material supply chain.
Reference is now made to FIG. As will be discussed later in more detail, the MSP has responsibility for managing the MROs 32 and suppliers 36 , as well as managing the necessary manuals, training 38 , tooling, GSE and facilities 40 and parts inventory The MSP provides the IMMS to each of the airline operators 30 , essentially as a turn-key service, relieving the airline operators 30 of the need for managing MROs, parts inventory, etc. Optionally, the MSP may provide the airline operators 30 with only centrally managed maintenance, or centrally managed, integrated materials management IMM.
The operations center 46 receives various kinds of data from aircraft onboard systems 48 , and converts this data into centrally stored information which is used in the management of the IMMS.
As will be discussed later in more detail, this onboard systems data may include for example, flight log records, data from a flight record recorder, aircraft health management and aircraft configuration information. Information is exchanged between the operations center 46 and the airline customers For example, information is obtained from the airline operators 30 relating to performance of the aircraft, departure and arrival information, reliability data, etc. The information from the on-board systems 48 and the airline operators 30 is used for a variety of purposes at the operation center 46 , including scheduling and ordering of parts, scheduling and ordering of maintenance operations and determining aircraft utilization that is converted into the price charged to the airline operators 30 for the services rendered by the MSP.
Finally, information is exchanged between the operation center 46 and the part suppliers 36 who are managed directly under the IMMS system by the MSP. Referring now to FIG. The central operations center 46 may provide an airline operator customer with either maintenance services 64 or the IMM service 62 , or both. As used herein, integrated maintenance and material services or IMMS means a service program provided to a customer that combines and integrates both maintenance services 64 and the IMM The maintenance services 64 include line maintenance 78 , base maintenance 80 , management of tooling, ground support equipment and facilities 82 , maintenance planning 84 , management of reliability programs 86 , and maintenance engineering The aircraft OEM 34 retains ownership legal title of the parts, but the customer 30 takes responsibility for warehousing the parts inventory.
As will be later discussed, a server is maintained onsite at the parts warehouse which is networked with the operations center When the customer 30 removes a part from the warehouse for use in servicing an aircraft, the removal of the part from inventory is electronically communicated through the onsite warehouse server to the operation center 46 , thus allowing the MSP to maintain real time records of the part inventory at the customer's warehouse.
This real time information is used by the MSP to allow timely reordering of replacement parts, and just-in-time delivery to the customer's warehouse in order to maintain part inventories at optimum levels.
When the operation center 46 receives notice that the customer has removed a part from the warehouse inventory, ownership immediately passes to the customer 30 and the customer is invoiced for the part. This business model allows the MSP to accumulate historical information concerning the type and number of parts used by the customer 30 at multiple warehouse locations, which aids the MSP in efficiently managing part inventory levels and the logistics of part delivery.
Moreover, this accumulated information concerning the parts used by the customer aids the MSP in providing data to pricing model used to charge the customer for the services provided by the MSP. The IMM program described above allows the aircraft OEM 34 to purchase parts based on the customer's forecasted consumption.
As a result, it is generally necessary to carry lower levels of inventory, and fewer parts are required to be written off to obsolescence. Moreover, the IMM parts management program facilitates balancing and pooling of part inventories at differing customer warehouse locations.
In contrast to the IMM program utilized as a stand alone service, the management and deployment of parts is handled in a different manner when the MSP provides the customer 30 with IMMS, as will be discussed below in more detail.
Briefly, the customer is not required to warehouse most parts under the IMMS program since the parts sourced either from the OEM 34 or suppliers 36 are supplied directly to MROs 32 in connection with the maintenance provided by the MROs Attention is now directed to FIG.
The MSP contracts with and manages MROs 32 who provide onsite line maintenance 92 , generally at locations where the customers 30 fly. The MROs 32 also provide the customers with base maintenance, coordinated by the central operations center In instances where unplanned maintenance is required, based on on-board systems, the operations center acts as a global integrator of the parts, engineering, services and maintenance tasks to perform the necessary work to remedy the fault.
In IMMS, however, the operation center 46 manages the entire materials supply chain, ordering parts directly from the OEM 96 , network suppliers 98 and various other suppliers 36 , and arrange for their delivery to the MROs In one possible business model, the MSP pays the suppliers 36 based on aircraft flight hours, or where the parts involve expendables, the charges are based on consumption.
The operations center 46 manages deployment of the parts either directly to the customers 30 where maintenance service is not provided by the MSP , or to the MROs 32 where IMMS is provided.
Broadly, a number of onboard data gathering systems 48 gather and download aircraft data through, for example, wireless links, broadband, narrowband or other suitable communications systems to the operations center 46 where the data is converted to information that is stored and used to manage the IMMS program. It is also possible to download the data through hard communication connections when the aircraft is on the ground. In the preferred embodiment, MROs 32 , airline operators 30 and suppliers 36 are connected to the operation center 46 through a suitable communication link, such as for example, an internet web portal The onboard data systems 50 include a variety of devices and record management systems interconnected through an onboard data bus A core network of applications connected with bus 48 includes, for example electronic log book records , which is an electronic flight bag application , as flying configuration records , an onboard as flying configuration application and an onboard health management function application The electronic flight bag application provides the aircraft pilot with electronic charts, aircraft performance calculations, electronic documents, fault finders and electronic check lists.
The electronic log book record includes information related to aircraft faults that have been recorded onboard, or entered manually by the crew or aircraft personnel. The as flying configuration application and AFC records provide information concerning the current configuration of the aircraft. The onboard health management function comprises aircraft system monitoring functions that relay, in real time, the current status of the aircraft systems which can be used to make repairs after the aircraft lands.
Line replaceable units LRU as well as RFID tags provide information concerning other onboard components used to determine the as-flying configuration of the aircraft. Matsen et al , shows how RFID tags may be used to track aircraft configuration is incorporated by reference for all purposes.
Patent Application No. Muma and U. Porad also show use of RFID technology useful to implementing the present invention and are incorporated herein for all purposes. The data provided by the onboard systems 50 is wirelessly communicated by any of a variety of communication links including a satellite forming part of SATCOM , a proprietary wireless internet connection such as Connexion SM provided by the Boeing Company, wireless link and associated terminal wireless infrastructure , aircraft communication addressing and reporting systems ACARS as well as cabin wireless networks which communicate to the operation center 46 through interface devices typically used by aircraft mechanics.
Systems suitable for use in wirelessly transmitting the data are disclosed in US Patent Application No. Patent Application Publication No. Additional onboard systems suitable for use with the present invention are disclosed in copending applications: U. Allen et al. Wireless link is a system that utilizes wireless local area network technology to transmit data throughout an airport environment enabling instant sharing of data between aircraft, passenger terminals, maintenance operations, etc.
In one possible embodiment of the invention, onboard data is uploaded to a server site which includes an ELB server and an AHM server that are in turn connected in a network with a central maintenance and engineering management MEM server at the operations center Also included at the operations center 46 is an in-service data program server ISDP as well as an IMM server , both of which servers are connected by a network to the MEM server A supplier management terminal connected with server allows communication with suppliers, while a finance business management terminal connected with server allows management of financial issues.
In one possible embodiment, all faults registered by the OHMF are logged in the ELB , filtered and delivered to a ground based server which collects these faults, as well as unfiltered faults directly from the OHMF The ground based server site communicates with the MEM server Other techniques are possible for delivering the faults to the server A maintenance performance tool box MPT exchanges information with server and the server site The MPT uses intelligent documents and visual navigation methods to assist technical operations staff to troubleshoot aircraft systems and manage structural repair records, parts and task cards.
The MPT provides 3 D models for recording, reviewing and analyzing structural repairs, making use of accumulated repair knowledge and maintaining records of repair activities for one or more aircraft. The MPT also acts as the repository for historical maintenance records for each aircraft which are required to be maintained by regulatory authorities. The central MEM uses the data it receives to diagnose on board problems and form a prognosis for those problems.
As can be more easily seen in FIG. One part of the IMMS system resides in the ability to determine the current configuration of aircraft, since parts and functional units are added, replaced or deleted on a routine basis. As shown in FIG.
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Effective date : Turnkey maintenance of a customer's aircraft fleet is managed by a single management service provider MSP controlling integrated maintenance and materials services from a central operations site. The MSP converts data received directly from on-board aircraft systems into information it uses to manage maintenance service providers and parts suppliers. The MSP contracts with and manages maintenance, repair and overhaul organizations MROs who perform the maintenance on the customers' aircraft at line and base stations. The MSP either remotely manages part inventories at the customer's site, or manages suppliers who deliver the parts to the MROs. Maintenance planning, scheduling and execution information is exchanged between the MSP, MROs, part suppliers and the customers through a shared data communication network controlled by the MSP. The MSP charges the customer for the maintenance services based on a flat rate per unit of aircraft flying time. Maintenance of commercial aircraft fleets requires the coordination of multiple service and information providers, as well as part suppliers.
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