How to Simplify Technical Content Management for Your New A220 Fleet

Jan 10, 2023 | Flatirons Fleet Edition, S1000D

Are you adding a new A220 aircraft fleet to your airline operations? If so, you know that of all the myriad of operational changes that must happen for your airline, one of the most critical is the management of your maintenance manuals for your new aircraft. A key factor to consider with your technical publications is that they are constantly revising. Airlines are always making technical changes, engineering changes, incorporating field feedback, etc. There are even situations where different actors modify the same content simultaneously. It’s a daunting process to get a handle on, but it’s something that Flatirons has been simplifying for over 30 years.   

Efficiently make technical content revisions and deliver intelligent content to end users

With this latest generation of commercial aircraft like the A220, all technical content is delivered in S1000D. It is not only necessary for your publications team to know how to author within this standard, but it is worthwhile to understand the benefits of producing data with S1000D.

With S1000D, you can author procedures and data in a meaningful way that targets specific maintenance actions. More specifically, you can author granular change information, applicability to detail conditions, and indicate fault conditions.

This is where Flatirons can help with its technical content management solution advantages. The A220 has an advanced publications language, which can be handled within the Flatirons Knowledge Center and Flatirons Studio applications. Through implementing our Flatirons Technical Content Management platform with many of our customers, we know that authors will be authoring references, parts data, and different types of information, requiring an understanding of the specification. Flatirons helps with customer readiness by leveraging the application features to produce data efficiently.

Why Flatirons?

The frequent data releases from Airbus are challenging with the A220 data set. The monthly revision packages are typically multi-gigabyte packages, and authoring teams are forced to import and revise all updated fragments at a breakneck pace. Flatirons Knowledge Center uses logic to determine all changes and revision conflicts with each OEM revision import and presents them to the end user in a centralized list created for each revision package. Authors choose which revisions to accept automatically and which ones to address via authoring.

When authoring on data modules themselves, we found that the A220 data set had a fully realized set of condition tables that were causing headaches to users due to their sheer size. We adapted to the data by de-emphasizing the non-revised table elements and showing only the revised conditions to the authors. Flatirons emphasizes the handling of the data conditions via logic to minimize user input.

New generation aircraft, like the A220, have a lot of technological enhancements reflected partly by a more robust data set. Our Flatirons platform focuses on understanding the data fundamentally and leverages decades of experience to design the related features that impact efficiency and accuracy. As we progress within our industry, we continue to stay ready for our customers for what comes next within the market.

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