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Our website offers a number of features, for both maintenance shops and individual owners. A question that occasionally pops up is, “After you transcribed my records, I noticed I had both an 'Inspections' grid and an 'Aircraft Profile' grid… what’s the difference?”

In short, our Aircraft Profiles are an ongoing status sheet of your aircraft and it’s current inspection status (which includes ongoing/recurring inspection items and part replacements), whereas our Historical Inspections List is just that- a list of every inspection we came across while transcribing. While you can use the Historical Inspections List to keep apprised of your aircraft’s status, we strongly suggest you use our Aircraft Profile module as it is far more feature rich. You can create your own templates, or copy one of our many for your own use.

Some benefits of the Aircraft Profile module include:

  • Automated E-Mail Alerts
  • Easy to Use Interface
  • Ability to "roll over" an inspection once it has been performed
  • Ability to “tie” to a maintenance record (this link accesses the record's times, imagery, etc.)
  • PDF Export
  • Specialized API functions

We currently have templates for the following aircraft which you can copy and manipulate at your leisure:
  • A convenient "Default" template with FAR inspections, etc...
  • Piper Meridan PA46-500TP
  • Piper Cheyenne II (PA31T2) Template
  • King Air F90 Template
  • King Air C90A Template
  • Piper PA46 Malibu Profile
  • Cirrus SR20 Template
  • Cirrus SR22 Template
  • Cirrus SR22T Template
  • Cirrus SR22TN Template
  • Socata TBM700/850 Template Up to SN 433
  • Socata TBM850/900 Template Up to SN 999
  • Socata TBM850/900 Template SN 999+
You can access these templates and more as both a DIY customer or an ultimate plan customer... the choice is yours!

We're proud to announce our first major sponsorship! The GEICO Skytypers Airshow Team uses our platform to track the maintenance for all six of their tails as they perform at 15 air shows each season. The team has frequent ramp checks by the FAA. Our system keeps their maintenance tasks organized and also speeds up the time required for checks.

The GEICO Skytyper team flies six, 1940s era war birds known as the North American SNJ.

Content from the GEICO Skytypers site,

The GEICO Skytypers fly the SNJ-2 version of the aircraft. This model has an enlarged 180 gallon fuel tank allowing the aircraft to operate for more than four hours. Other unique design elements of this particular aircraft include: a decrease of eight inches in the overall length, a larger round rudder, and a free-castering tail wheel. Each plane weighs 5500 pounds and utilizes a 600hp Pratt and Whitney R-1340-AN-1, 9 cylinder radial engine.

They have five United States Navy variants known as the SNJ-2, and 1 SNJ-3. The SNJ-3 differentiates itself from the SNJ-2 with "new outer wing panels and a triangular rudder, producing the canonical Texan silhouette." (source)

Click here for some GEICO SkyTypers Pictures!

How are they using PlaneLogiX?

PlaneLogiX offers powerful features that suit the needs of the GEICO Skytyper team perfectly.
Ongoing tasks include:
  • Scanning records to allow for retrieval of this information from any location – with 15 different show sites, this is a significant priority
  • Capability to fully search records to allow for faster maintenance cycles
  • The ability to respond and satisfy the requirements of an FAA ramp check within seconds, without the need for original, physical logbooks
PlaneLogiX features the team will use to improve efficiency and operations includes:
  • Full-fledged Maintenance Shop portal that syncs seamlessly with our client portal
    • This allows for complete shop management including squawk, inventory, employee management, client management, work order generation, discrepancy resolution, parts and inspection tracking, maintenance record generation, and much more
  • Alerts and reminders for inspection deadlines and life-limited parts
  • Quick airworthy research for the pilots
  • Squawk generation and tracking

Have you been wondering if PlaneLogiX is ready for you?

Our platform provides the sophistication and reliability required by the GEICO Skytypers Air Show Team to maintain proper operations and adherence to FAA standards. PlaneLogiX has come a long way since launching operations in 2014. Meeting the stringent demands and requirements of an air show team highlights the vast options offered through our organization. With our free 30-day, no risk trial offer, you have the opportunity to test the system first hand and determine how your maintenance needs can be simplified and better managed.

The MU-2 is an incredible airplane.

We just got back from the PROP 2016 event in Cincinnati which is one of the MU-2 owner conventions that happens once every other year (there were three this year around the country). We went into it thinking these planes were dangerous lawn darts, but came out with a new found admiration and respect for the airplane. In this post we are going to share some amazing facts we learned as well as some pictures of this beautiful airplane.

The MU-2 has a bad reputation because when it was first introduced, there was no required instruction for the airplane. Unfortunately, this lead to many deaths because the MU-2 is a unique plane that has characteristics that are unlike any other twin turboprop. If you fly this airplane by the numbers (i.e. according to the POH), it can be one of the safest airplanes you can fly. But if you get into the plane thinking your twin engine turboprop training you have in the King Air, for example, applies to this airplane, you may find yourself in a dangerous situation. For example, the air flow over the elevator generated by the engines during landing is required to keep control over the airplane during slow flight/landing. If you pull the throttle completely to idle like you may do in other twin engines, you will likely have a bad landing. Here are some amazing facts about the MU-2 that we hope you enjoy.

  • The MU-2 is the safest airplane in it's class (twin turboprop) since the introduction of the SFAR in 2008.
  • The MU-2 can haul a ton cheaply and quickly. You can fit 5 px in the short body, 6 in the long body (and each has a captain's chair!), full tanks and cruise at 290-320 kts (long body v short body). It can easily move you 1500NM.
  • The MU-2 is the only airplane recognized by the FAA to be capable of safely escaping severe icing. Let me say that again - out of all the airplanes the FAA recognizes (commercial airliners included), the MU-2 is the most capable when it comes to icing conditions.
  • The MU-2 uses spoilers - not ailerons - to roll. This means that in a stall situation, the rate of roll is the same as when the plane is at cruise. This can be dangerous if you expect sluggish control and over do it on the inputs, but fantastic if you know what to expect because you maintain a great deal of control in the stall.
  • The MU-2 employs the Garrett engine as opposed to the PT-6 that you routinely see on King Air's, for example. The Garrett has a bad rep for being incredibly loud (hence the "MU-2 salute" of covering your ears when you are around one), especially compared to the PT-6. However, the Garret is only loud on taxi - on take off and cruise, the engine is actually quieter!
  • The Garrett engine varies only slightly in RPM when at idle compared to full power. Unlike the PT-6 which generates thrust by increasing RPM, the Garrett generates thrust by adjusting the angle of the propellers. This results in more "bite" which requires more fuel or energy to support, but does not require an increase in RPMs. This means *instant* power!
    • As it was explained to us, think of it like this: If you're in a pool and swinging your arms horizontally under water, if you slice through the water with your palms facing down, it doesn't require much effort. But if you rotate your palms 90 degrees and try to keep the same rate of swinging your arms back and forth, you are going to expend more energy - but the "thrust" you generate is instant.
  • The wing on the MU-2 is short which lends to the incredible speed the airplane is capable of achieving. However, the flaps on the airplane mean that the shape of the wing varies dramatically. Without flaps you have an MU-2 wing, one notch of flaps you have the same surface area as a King Air wing, and with full flaps you have a "unique" wing.
  • The MU-2 was discontinued in the United States in 1986, with the last MU-2 built in January of 1987. Worried about part scarcity? Don't be. The Japanese culture lends itself to imparting immense importance on honor and integrity. Legend has it that Mitsubishi once considered adjusting their service contract to release them from having to support the MU-2. They sent over a manager to the States to negotiate with the folks running PROP and the leader at the time called the head management in Japan and asked if they were intending to change the contract. Mitsubishi said yes and the leader asked a simple question, "so you're lying to all of us then?" Mitsubishi withdrew their manager and attempts to change the contract and vowed to support the MU-2 down to the very last airplane in service. To this day, if you need spare parts you can get them usually within a week - made new by the way. In fact, the MU-2 is the best supported discontinued aircraft you can buy.
Looking to buy an MU-2? We highly recommend you attend the PROP events. We saw numerous people there who were in the market and there to learn. If you do become a lucky owner of an MU-2, we also highly recommend you get training at SIMCOM. We spoke at length with Tom Goonen from SIMCOM and we were blown over by his knowledge of the airplane. And he's not just a sim guy - he's got over 4000 hours in the MU-2 alone and was a Naval Officer. And the best part - he teaches you hwo to fly the airplane according to the POH, which is crucial to ensure safety. Here's a video of Tom flying slow and low at PROP 2016. Here's another of Tom going slow while his wingman does 250kts and displays an impressive rate of climb.

Click here for some PROP 2016 MU-2 Pictures!

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