Information Technology

June 8, 2000

Information Technology

Software to ease parts and maintenance paperwork

Jordanna Smida, Associate Editor

June 2000

Recognizing the need for information management in the aviation industry, Jeffrey Ingram, president of Dynamic Imaging Corp., set out with a colleague to design and develop a software program — Dynafile Enterprise Suite — that satisfies the recordkeeping and information management needs of those involved in maintenance and refurbishing of facilities. The suite creates a paperless environment and offers personnel the opportunity to electronically scan, view, edit, print, fax, and archive maintenance, parts, purchasing, and traceability documents.

Records can be scanned as they are produced and the software has photographic, video, and voice annotation capabilities for documentation purposes, explains Ingram. "This allows for an increase in the ability to prove that the work has been done effectively and it allows the customer to make sure things are being done to their standard," he states. Ingram says this process also helps in the event of a dispute over damaged parts. This tracking helps a customer and a company to determine who is responsible for any damage, he explains.

The suite is designed to be compatible with existing Windows, Unix, Lenix, and Legacy systems in the industry, as well as the Internet.

Customers receive an identification number for their repair and through a website, customers can access the repair order and view all of the support documentation, Ingram explains. The information is real-time, allowing a customer to double-check traceability requirements as the project proceeds.

For smaller operations, an ASP (application service provider) model is available. Invoices, purchase orders, and traceability documents are all kept online on a secured server and can be accessed through the Web. Sales reports or greenbar reports can be indexed and stored, allowing a user to pull up only the specific information needed, rather than go through each individual report, Ingram explains.

For information about Dynafile Enterprise Suite, e-mail Jeffrey Ingram at [email protected]. offers B2B aircraft trading floor
Jet Capital Leasing's launched its transactional-based, business-to-business trading floor de-signed for buyers and sellers of jet and turboprop aircraft who want to reduce aircraft acquisition and disposal costs.

The site promotes owner-to-owner aircraft sales, offering leasing and financing for transactions of $500,000 to $30 million, says Andy Timmerman of BIDjet. Refinancing is also available through Jet Capital. Users can list their aircraft for free or, for a fee of $2,500, list their aircraft with an IPIXª virtual tour, which displays the aircraft's interior and exterior views.

BIDjet allows users to compare and make offers to sellers on its online trading floor. If a user is searching for a particular aircraft that isn't available on the floor, BIDjet staff can then act as a broker and locate an available aircraft for the buyer. BIDjet receives a fee of $15,000 and then one percent of the sale price, which is paid upon closing, reducing acquisition costs, Timmerman explains.

BIDjet plans to expand the site, which opened in December, to trade commercial aircraft and possibly helicopters, he says. For information on BIDjet, contact Andy Timmerman at 203-733-9224.

Cessna launches ’Start Flying' website
Cessna Aircraft Company has launched a new website for aspiring pilots. The site includes information on the requirements needed to be a pilot, information on financing programs, and a Skyhawk pilot report. The site also allows users to print out a Discovery Flight Coupon for an introductory lesson. Users will also be able to locate three Cessna Pilot Centers (CPC) near them. For information, visit the site at

AAAE forms I.T. committee
At the San Jose AAAE IT Conference, the Airport Computer Technology Integrated Organization Network (ACTION) was formed. The purpose of the committee is to facilitate the exchange of information between airports' IT staff throughout the world. It will meet quarterly to study current airport systems, investigate new technology, and see how developments can increase the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of airport operations. Bob Smallback of Lee County (FL) Port Authority will chair the committee. For information, visit