Posted by: Bryan Anderson
RepairMaps users can now print Aircraft dent logs using the new PDL feature
As hard as we have all tried to move into the digital world, there can be times when a good ol’ piece of paper suits the bill best. I find I can whip through a paper SRM a bit more quickly than even an indexed pdf version of the same. While I do not carry a paper SRM for every aircraft we handle, I enjoy using them when I have the chance.
The exterior Scratch-and-Dent or Dent-and-Buckle log presents a case where paper-based data reference can be handy. While we are quite happy with RepairMaps in both the desktop and mobile versions, we have also developed a paper version of the dent log, the PDL, for customers that desire to carry one aboard their aircraft.
Using this control from within the Aircraft Details interface will generate a new PDL for the aircraft at hand:
The Aircraft's Tracked Items, including Dents and other types of Damage Allowed to Continue in Service (DACS), are depicted in tabular format, with key attributes and data points:
The PDL is then queued for processing and a notification is sent to your team to inform you that the log is ready to download and print (in PDF format).
All Tracked Items and their attributes included in the log will have been subject to the RepairMaps two-party workflow process, and will be in a Finalized state, maximizing accuracy and confidence in the printed data.
Additionally, given the inherent potential staleness of any printed data, the RepairMaps system also includes triggers designed to warn you when a PDL might be stale. If an attribute which is included in the log is later unlocked for editing, superseded by other activity, or if a new item is added to the system that is a candidate for inclusion in the Aircraft's PDL, RepairMaps will notify you that the PDL for a particular aircraft is now stale and will encourage you to print out a fresh version:
To mitigate risk and concerns about stale printed data, the PDL's cover sheet depicts the date on which the document was generated, the name of the RM User who generated it, the Revision number, and a standard "uncontrolled when printed" warning:
When you prepare to generate a new PDL, the system will inform you if you have any other Tracked Items that could be eligible for inclusion in the PDL but have not yet completed their journey through the workflow process (this interface offers a hyperlink to generate a Report of the un-Finalized PDL candidates, which can be used to push the remaining candidates through the Workflow process):
This report is also available at any time from the Reports tab for any aircraft. The resulting list can then be exported to Excel or printed directly for a quick reference to aid in quickly completing the PDL candidates.
We believe that this PDL process yields the best of both worlds, reconciling the inherent utility of both paper-based and IT solutions. The RepairMaps workflow process ensures accuracy and protects data integrity. The PDL generation system monitors the status of all existing or potential Tracked Items and their impact on the currency of the PDL and informs Users of any discrepancy, while also providing the tools to quickly remedy any such discrepancies.
In the event you find yourself without internet connectivity and a question arises regarding an item on the aircraft, the PDL may just be the tool needed to quickly answer the question and get back to normal operations.