Airbus Southern Africa has won the prestigious 2018 South African Civil Aviation Award for the best Aircraft Maintenance Organisation, in recognition of its transformation programme’s contribution to helicopter safety while at the same time, improving efficiency.
Airbus Southern Africa, based at Grand Central Airport near Johannesburg, supports more than 350 light and medium Airbus helicopters in Southern and Eastern Africa. It launched its transformation programme three years ago.
Arnaud Montalvo, Managing Director of Airbus Southern Africa, explains: “Safety and quality are central to everything we do. Our helicopter Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) transformation programme represents a major investment in training and skills development for technical personnel, a completely revised facilities layout and new IT-based systems and management tools. These enabled us to implement more effective processes and work-flows.“
He adds: “Spanning across all aspects of our MRO and its functions, is our new web-based Quality, Safety and Risk Management solution. This lets us conduct safety and quality audits as well as efficiently managing any corrective actions. It also incorporates a regulations reader, giving us the ability to create integrated legal cross-reference lists and automatically-generated compliance lists.”
The solution’s innovative reporting module covers the entire hazard and occurrence reporting process for flight, ground operations, training, continuing airworthiness, maintenance as well as health and safety. To facilitate reporting when not at the main base, the system can be accessed by smartphone or tablet.
As another important element of the transformation programme, Airbus Southern Africa also launched the unique Airbus FleetKeeper e-logbook and flight folio system. This delivers cockpit views of a customer’s fleet status and enables real-time data exchange between pilots, line engineers and airworthiness managers. It combines an easy to use mobile and web application for tablets and is hosted on a secure data cloud.