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Powering Post COVID-19 Recovery with Aviation-Specific Technology

Aug 12th 2020

Whilst there are hopeful signs of increased demand for air services, it is also clear that emerging from the pandemic, airlines will need to make fundamental changes to the way they operate.

Every facet of the aircraft operation will need the ability to flex and adapt at pace, responding to changing restrictions, requirements and passenger demands. Airlines are therefore embracing new technologies and digitalisation to improve operational and financial efficiencies, as well as enabling greater agility moving forward.

Digital transformation has been a familiar term within the aviation space for some time and leveraging the benefits offered by a digitally optimised operating environment remains pivotal to an airline’s strategy for the foreseeable future.

The ability to communicate effectively and efficiently with remote crews, disseminate vital information instantaneously, as well as obtaining specific and timely operational insight from the front-line using enterprise-wide document management technology, will play a key role in effectively navigating the ensuing market turbulence.  

This digital shift calls for trusted expertise, technologies and innovation that has been designed in tandem with aviation experts, to enable crews to digitalise and automate operations wherever possible, drive time and cost efficiencies airline wide.


Why aviation-specific technology for document management is valuable

In a world where technology adoption is accelerating dramatically, there are a wide range of tools, software and solutions available for airlines to manage their operational documentation. However, not all these solutions are designed with airlines in mind. The danger in selecting a solution that does not meet your requirements can have significant implications for your organisation in terms of costs, operations, efficiency, compliance and safety. It is certainly not a risk worth taking.

When it comes to choosing the right solution to support the management of operational documentation, airlines should ensure the technology offered by their supplier partner has been developed in tandem with the aviation sector. By partnering with a company which fully understands the complex nuances of document management in aviation, airlines can ensure they are using a system, that fully optimises their operations. Such technology can also be deployed in both small and large organisations in order to achieve scalability and efficient resource allocation - automating and streamlining workload for flight crew, accountable managers and subject matter experts (SMEs).


Investing in the Next Generation

The airline industry is embracing technology to create digital ecosystems and as part of this next generation approach, airlines also need a digital platform for smarter, accessible document management, developed for the sole use of the airline industry. Advanced functionality such as the ability to embed multi-media video, dynamic content and unlocking the power of structured content, will enable staff to learn and access information in a more interactive and user-friendly way. Investing in aviation-specific document management and other operationally focused software allows airlines to the attract, train, develop and retain the next generation, as well as get the very best from their teams.


The Future of the Airline Industry

With increased pressure to drive efficiencies, airlines should ensure that they are able to provide their employees, such as pilots, with the means for improving their day-to-day roles. For example, with a document management system that can cut down on the need for manual tasks, provide quicker ways to access and upload information.

Rather than viewing content as static documents, thought leading airlines are using aviation-specific technology to leverage the underlying data as part of a digital transformation strategy and integrating to other publications and maintenance systems for a single point of control for all airline documentation.

In addition, technology that enables dynamic content provides the flexibility to change manuals with ease and advanced filtering capability provides end users with highly relevant information tailored to each context.

The result of this kind of technology investment will also reflect in the value it holds from an operational point of view - cutting down overhead costs, maintaining and increasing efficiency and improving compliance and safety. If your current document management system isn’t up to scratch, it might be worth re-evaluating what you need to meet your requirements.

Find out how Vistair's leading document management software, DocuNet can help decrease costs for your airline by contacting us 

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