[BLUE EYE SUITE – TUTORIAL #2] Getting Started – Add a New Aircraft


Hello and welcome to this MRX Systems tutorial, In this video, we will show you how to add a new aircraft to your fleet, how to add engines to this aircraft and how to create tracking linked to this aircraft and its components. That way, you will be able to start building up your fleet and plan upcoming maintenance with the always up-to-date due list. First of all, when creating a new aircraft, you need to create an aircraft type. To do so, expand the “Resources” menu and click on “Aircraft Type”. Once you are in the Aircraft Type module, switch to Edit Mode and click “Add”. A new line is created, and you can type in directly on the line. In our case, we will create a EMB 145, with 2 engines, 1 APU and no propeller. Once you are done, click on “Save”. Now let’s go back to the Aircraft and Engine module. To access the Aircraft Type you just created, click once on “Refresh Data” so that the displayed information gets updated. That’s done now, we can then switch again to edit mode and click on “Add”. A pop-up window will show up where we will type our Aircraft Registration. Click on “OK”. Then press “Save” to validate the new entry. You can now find your new aircraft on the aircraft selector on the top left of the window. Click on it to select it. Now we will start to enter the information about the Aircraft, that will be done in the right panel. As usual, let’s switch to the Edit Mode. We will start with loading a picture of our aircraft. To do so, let’s do a right-click on the blank space on top of the panel and press “Load Picture”. You can then select your picture, like I am doing now, press “OK” and the trick is done. Something to know about uploading a picture is that the ideal size is 350*210 pixels for it to appear without cropping. We will now type in our Serial Number and then select the type we created. Type Full is in case there is a specific variant of the Aircraft Type, it is not our case here so I will just retype ERJ-145. I will now select the Category, “Business Jet” and that’s it for the General Information. As you can see below, the current status is greyed out, the reason behind this is that this is a calculated field. It combines both the status at enrolment and all associated e-techlogs to update the Current Status. At present, the value is zero as we did not fill the status at enrolment and did not input any e-techlogs. Below is the Maintenance Program associated to the aircraft, we will show you how to create one and attach it in another video. For now, let’s switch to the Aircraft Settings by pressing on the tab “Settings”. We can start by inputting the status at enrolment, in case the aircraft is not new. Here we go. Let’s pursue with inputting the Weight & Balance Settings, the Weight & Balance setup is linked to Blue OPS which we will show you in another video. For now, let’s input the empty weight, max weight, male mass, female mass and child mass. Please note that you can select the unit of measure and set it either in pounds or kilograms, this will affect the whole weight and balance settings. Let’s now finish by adding the CRS Release Note. We are done with the Aircraft Settings, we can now move to the next tab “Manufacture”. In there, we will fill the date of manufacture, the name of the manufacturer along with the place and manufacturer authority. To finish, we will input the Aircraft authority, Production approval and Type Certificate. Last tab relates to the operation information, the Owner or Operator is retrieved from the Address Book, you can select it in the dropdown menu. Operation is private transport, Certificate of Airworthiness is this one. The MEL is separated and we will show you how to create one in another video. And to finish, we will input the Aircraft performance. Cruise speed in knots and max range in nautical miles. Here we are, we have created an aircraft with all basic information. I will press save to push all these modifications to the Microsoft Azure Cloud. Now that we have created our Aircraft, we need to attach some engines to it. To do so, let’s switch to the engine module. In this window, we see all engines relating to the aircraft selected on the top left drop-down menu. In our case, the window is blank since there is no engine yet. Let’s change this by switching to Edit mode and press 3 times on the “Add” button. Now I can fill some basic information directly in the central window, such as the position: Left, Right and APU. I will now fill the serial Number for each of these engines, along with the Type, manufacturer and category. Something important to keep in mind for the APU is the installed Status that should remain unticked so that it does not get affected by all regular techlogs entered in the system. Once all basic information has been filled, finishing by saving. Obviously, the status and life of each engine is independent. You can modify it by selecting the engine on the centre window and then switch to Edit mode. We will for instance modify the run hours and engine cycles. Once you are done, click on the “Save” icon to confirm the changes. That’s it! We now have a new Aircraft, with engines attached to it ready to use with e-techlogs. To finish, we will add a component to our aircraft and create a first tracking on this component. To do so, I am switching to the Component Status module on the left panel. This module will display all components linked to the aircraft selected on the top left dropdown menu. Let’s switch to Edit Mode and create a new entry pressing on the button “Add”. We will add the MAIN WHEEL now. As you can see, I can either choose to fill the basic information on the line directly or use the right panel. Let’s go on with the designation, reference, serial number and ATA chapter. In case the component is not new, I can set the status at installation following the same principle that we have seen in the aircraft and engines module. Please note that MRX Systems offers component loading features which allow you to upload an excel file directly into Blue EYE. I am now saving the new component and switching back to Edit Mode to add a tracking on the bottom panel, using the little + button. I will add two types of tracking, one “SLL Discard” after 2000 landing cycles and one monthly inspection where the “last performed” was on this date. As you can see, the system will automatically calculate the used and remaining time or landings based on the information set in the system but also on the associated e-techlogs. Let’s finish with saving and go back to our Aircraft & Engines Module. Here we are! As you can now see, we have our new aircraft created, with its associated engines and one component with tracking. On the bottom of the window you will see it appearing, my next SLL – Discard is far away and therefore has a green flag, while my monthly inspection is due soon and appears with an orange flag. Once all your components and inspections will be loaded, this module will allow you to keep an eye on all your upcoming maintenance at a glance and take control over your fleet. That’s it for today’s tutorial, hope you enjoyed it. See you soon, to help you get the best out of MRX Systems solutions.

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