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Engine Fleet Planning at the (Drag and) Drop of a Hat

Thursday, 31 January 2013

Engine shop visits are not a simple task, and when talking about planning for an entire fleet, the problem is expanded exponentially.

EFPAC, one of AerData’s key products, is the system that has been designed to make the hassle of fleet shop visit planning as easy as pie.

The package itself was acquired from TES back in 2009, and AerData proceeded to integrate it within their product platform and since then it has made tremendous strides to become, alongside CMS, one of AerData’s strongest arms.

The ability to move around and project shop visits, down times and cost with a simple drag and drop facility, allows all users an easy way to plan for the future, saving themselves millions of dollars year in year out. The strength of the tool is emphasized by the fact that for one customer, American Airlines, their complete fleet of more than 1,000 engines was planned using EFPAC, yielding results that saved them tens of millions of dollars when compared to their previous plan.

“EFPAC has allowed us to look beyond the next predicted removal to consider the life cycle cost of individual engines. Due to the automation of data inputs and the ease of manipulating retirement dates for each aircraft, we are now able to analyze multiple retirement scenarios more quickly. This year we have produced 2013 introduction forecasts for all fleets using EFPAC, and for the first time, our group can provide cash flow estimates based on actual LLP demand instead of using a straight-line allocation across all heavy shop visits.”

- American Airlines

Mark Nieuwendijk, AerData’s Managing Director, referred to 2012 as being; “a great success underlined by the adoption of EFPAC by some major US based carriers such as American Airlines and Air Canada.”

2012 was a big year for EFPAC, and it saw perhaps the largest change behind the scenes, with the introduction and growth of a fully dedicated support team, and the introduction of an EFPAC Account Manager. Louis Hazen is a Senior EFPAC Consultant who says; “the establishment of the support team allows EFPAC to focus on Service as well as Support.”

Even though we are but one month into 2013, great strides are being made to ensure that this year takes EFPAC that one step further. The primary development that users can look forward to is the expansion of shop planning modules which will see a branch out from engine planning and allows users’ the ability to set up Airframe Maintenance Plans and track Airframe workscopes.

EFPAC is a total engine management solution that can be used by the Aviation Trifecta; Airlines, MRO’s and Lessors. It’s an invaluable tool for the engineer and CFO. When you have an occasion that sees all involved parties using the same tool, the simplicity with which things can be accomplished, becomes even more apparent.

When AerData acquired EFPAC , they were keen to establish a link between the other AerData products. This has been achieved following the full integration of EFPAC into the Dashboard. This means that management level users can access all of their required information and reports via the online Dashboard portal rather than having to go via EFPAC itself.

Alex Laybourne