Your aircraft make money in the air, not on the ground. Whether you operate a flight club, flight school, commercial flight center, or an FBO, getting aircraft back into the air is your primary job – and the source of your profits. Doing so efficiently means knowing where your inventory is, what it’s doing, and determining how it can be better utilized.
In this article, we’ll offer aircraft scheduling tips to help you enhance profits and grow your business. Let’s take a look at how your organization can leverage technology to achieve these goals.
Why Move Your Schedule to “The Cloud”?
Computers and software have dramatically changed how aviation businesses are managed. Together, they can track and report in real-time on flight inventory, crews, individuals, and their current and planned statuses. Scheduling modules, such as SkyManager, offer a single dashboard to report and view the status of specific aircraft. Is it down for maintenance or dispatched? Are there backups available? No need to check the ramp. You can quickly check online from wherever you are, day or night.
Moving operations to the cloud also has its operational benefits. An authorized pilot or employee can instantly compare specific aircraft with others of the same type, model, or location. Pilots can reserve an aircraft within your entire fleet or just from those you authorize, streamlining the reservation process. Maintenance managers can quickly check the fleet’s schedule to determine what inventory is available for scheduled maintenance, reducing costly downtime of aircraft and personnel. Administrators can plan future flights and reserve specific aircraft and crewmembers. Individuals can quickly review assignments to manage their own work schedules days, weeks, and even months in advance.
Workflows and Automation
Some aviation management systems can be configured to automatically notify specific people of aircraft availability and scheduling exceptions. Updates can be sent to all relevant stakeholders, based on the administrator’s preferences. With real-time workflows and tracking, an aircraft manager can ensure that those who need to know actually know.
Integrated aviation management systems can also help reduce administrative costs. Update the aircraft schedule and it automatically revises dispatching, maintenance, crew roster, and other components. With as many moving parts involved with your business, this automation can offer significant value to your bottom line.
Take the Next Step Toward Aviation Efficiency
Aviation is a complex business that requires smarter managers and smarter tools. SkyManager offers a suite of intelligent, interactive features to help you efficiently schedule aircraft, crews, and services for less downtime and better profits. In today’s competitive environment, your FBO, flight school, or other commercial flight operation needs to work at optimum capacity. Working smarter means leveraging technology to keep customers happy and aircraft earning.
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