joefremont wrote: ↑Tue Jun 11, 2019 6:49 amWell I await with bated breath. As soon as I have something specific I will be happy to respond.Efad wrote: ↑Mon Jun 10, 2019 7:04 pmGreetings to all.
Mr. Joe Fremont.
Do not sing victory yet...
ViasaVirtual Airlines, we are preparing a document, in which we will be making our disagreements on this issue of parking fees and maintenance workshops.
DATE: 06/21/2019. Time: 02:16hlv/18:16utc.
FOR: Administrators Fsairlines. -
FROM: Erick Aldrighetti.
Technical Management of Operations.
CC: Roster Viasa Virtual (4411)
SUBJECT: Significant modifications of the Fsairlines System.
First of all, a cordial and fraternal greeting to all the FSAIRLINES team.
By means of the present, I would like to address all of you, with the purpose of manifesting in this way, some of our discrepancies with the new implementations already active in the system, such as the aircraft maintenance workshops, as well as the collection of fee for parking or parking fee's.
It is worth noting that we do not oppose this implementation because they are decisions that you as administrators have the right to make, but we also believe that; we have so much right to disagree and to express it in order that our opinion about the Fsairlines system is well established, since, for almost 11 years, we have paid our membership in this system and it has taken a long time to make significant changes and of importance for those of us who like to simulate real commercial air activity. We have stayed with you because until now we had not achieved a system in which we could have total control of all the aspects inherent to the administration and operation of an airline, an issue that your Fsairlines system does not provide us with complete satisfaction, but , is one of the closest ones.
We have been analyzing and testing other airline management systems and it seems that many of the developers or programmers still think that it is a game and not a simulator, and maybe they think that we only play simulation and not that we really assume a real simulation, it seems who do not know the paramount importance of performing a rigorous flight clearance of an aircraft.
Mr. Fremont, we will begin with the most recent modifications or inclusions or expansions or system updates:
1.About the Aeronautical Maintenance workshops and maintenance periods or cycles.
Bright idea, but highly stressful for all those who administer the fleets of our airline, the system assumes with strict rigor the lapses corresponding to the maintenance and leave without effect, the maintenance schedule established by the airline, that is, our independence, corporate or business criteria and security, leaves without effect what is established in our basic operations manual, Fsairlines assuming all the activity and leaving us practically with our hands tied.
Most airlines, in real life, have their Maintenance Workshop and if not, of course, they hire one or two workshops to perform maintenance at different stages and these stages are very well determined in our maintenance manual and they are described and carried out as follows:
I. Online Maintenance
1) Not scheduled; Proceed as soon as a fault has been found.
2) Scheduled. It is executed following a program of revision and replacement of regulated and concrete parts. Its purpose is to maintain the certificate of airworthiness of aircraft and to restore the specified level of reliability. The tasks to be performed and the intervals (measured by flight hours performed) in which they must be carried out. The revisions are made in accordance with the original documentation provided by the manufacturers (cell, engine and components), completed with the information provided by other airlines that use the same aircraft and with which they generate the services of the Material Direction of the company. The final maintenance program and any modification thereof must be submitted to the approval of the official verifying body (of, Civil Aviation). The operator is responsible to the agency for compliance with the program.
The scheduled maintenance is divided into 3 categories:
Transit maintenance is a quick inspection that must be performed before each flight, including the stopovers. This will check the general condition of the aircraft: possible structural damage, tires, oil, records and access panels, service to the aircraft, etc.
The second is a complete daily review that must be done before the first flight of the day, without exceeding in any case the forty-eight hours. During the same the general state of the airplane is checked, but having additional time to design a corrective action if necessary.
Finally, the review, which includes the previous one, takes place every hundred hours of flight. During the flight, all aspects related to safety around the airplane are checked, specific instructions are developed, possible abnormalities are corrected and a service to the airplane is made, with checking of all the fluid levels necessary for the flight.
II- Minor maintenance, integrated by three other inspections:
Revision A, includes a general inspection of systems, components and structure, both from inside and outside, to verify its integrity.
Revision B, of greater intensity than the previous one, checks the safety of systems, components and structure, together with the service of the airplane and the correction of the elements that so require.
Revision C, is a complete and extensive inspection, by areas, of all interior and exterior areas of the aircraft, including systems, facilities and visible structure.
III - Major Maintenance
Called the Structural Inspection Program ("great stop" in the language of the hangar), the major maintenance is the most thorough and thorough review by which all aircraft have to pass. Involves the participation of 275 specialists who, during a month and a half, will be applied to the accomplishment of different tasks that require sixty thousand hours of activity and the employment of one thousand four hundred tools. The total cost of the operation is around two million Euros, depending on the model of aircraft under inspection.
"Although the rigor of the Fsairlines system is stressful, we cannot deny that it helps a little."
Now, I cannot understand, that the aircraft YV55702 a B747-400 which went into maintenance by a B-Check on May 23, 2019, at a cost of: v$10,390,200 and then said aircraft flew an approximate total of: 17:10 hours, now appears worthless, as we can see in the graph that follows annex:
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I can only assume that it is a serious error in the system, since this aircraft has not fulfilled a hundred hours of its last maintenance.
2. About Fee's parking or parking fees.
Initially they seem excessive and we are not very in agreement with the values, but we already imagine that it will not be the only implementation to be carried out in the future by you, surely others will occur to you, that will dynamize the actions to be carried out in the Fsairlines system. In order to keep us occupied by our assets and expenditures, which we see increasing or decreasing, apparently you see that there is a lot of money in our financial balances. Perhaps for you it does not represent much, but for our company, as we have a fleet of 150 aircraft. This implementation will force us to reduce our fleet considerably and move it to smaller airports, in order to reduce as much as possible the expense for this concept.
I must emphasize that the idea is not bad, but the established values, as I indicated previously, we differ from them because we consider them excessive. In addition, they should implement within the same database containing the fuel rates of all airports worldwide, include, annex or integrate parking fees, this could facilitate the management of verification of such expenditures.
3. [In this part I will write to you in the singular since I will do it as Technical Operations Manager of the airline Viasa]
On several occasions I have expressed some discrepancy that we have with the system, Fsairlines, which does not allow us the following:
• We cannot customize or configure our airline.
Each airline worldwide have many differences, some of them can be: Fuel policies, National, Regional or Transoceanic operations, carry out or not operations in adverse or restricted weather conditions and / or zero visibility in landings and many more such as: use the same aircraft type, for example: a B737-700; Each B737-700 has a certain configuration, either standard or requested by the buyer and, therefore, their operational weights are very different, not their structural weights, the latter could or could not change significantly since they are implicit in the design.
Unfortunately, with Fsairlines, the only thing that we can modify is the configuration of the number of seats in the passenger cabin, placing it in one, two or three classes, this causes a substantial change in the basic weight of operation and basic operation index, but with the database of Fsairlines, all aircraft B737-700, are standardized, in the basic weight of operation DOW; and in structural weights such as: MTOW; MZFW; MLW, fuel capacity, so each airline can be using a B737-700 with its maximum capacity of 148 passengers and another like us, with a capacity of 136 passengers; It is obvious to see that between these two aircraft, the operating weight or DOW, will necessarily be different, that unfortunately we can not modify it in the FSairlines database since it would affect the whole system and all users because the system does not individualize to each airline, we are practically simulating what is established in Fsairlines.
• We cannot place our rates according to real-life rates, if we do, the system penalizes us by considerably reducing the number of passengers and cargo volumes, since you conceived the system in that way.
• And the most annoying, is with the CLIENT, because it does not read, does not take, does not assume the real ZFW with which we have loaded our airplanes and so perform the calculations with what we are really transporting. I exemplify it:
I think I mentioned it to you, Mr. Fremont, at some time.
After having made a flight from Maiquetía (SVMI) to Maracaibo (SVMC) with a B738, (date: 27-Oct-2018) having booked in the system and informing myself that it should carry 162 passengers and 4,795Kgs of cargo; I decided to only ship the fuel, that is, without passengers and cargo, but nevertheless upon my arrival and after properly closing the Client, the resulting report or pirep was: that I had flown with the passengers and the cargo assigned by the reservation .
This happens, because the client does not read the ZFW that we carry on board, it only reads at the moment of starting the flight if our aircraft exceeds the maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) and at that moment the buttons are activated (change) to suppress the excess weight of passengers, cargo or fuel, that is up to us, and when you touch any of those buttons, the reduction is done automatically and the aircraft is ready, according to the Client, to fly , but if the Client were to read the zero fuel weight (ZFW) actually loaded on the aircraft, that would not happen, for example the case mentioned above. Now, the excellent thing would be that: the client, read, identify both weights, both the MTOW and the real, real ZFW of the moment, this would make Fsairlines a system more adjusted to the realities of simulation that we need and want those who perform a real simulation, and this would avoid the continuous reports of: excess weight when landing, flights with non-configured aircraft as indicated by the reservation or empty flying aircraft and entering money unrealistically to the accounts.
These are some of our observations which we wanted to get to you and the entire development team of the Fsairlines system, only with the aim of overcoming and improving, although it is true that in Viasa we are focused on achieving a system that can provide a real flight simulation operation, a particular configuration of our airline according to our needs and operational characteristics; things that in some other programs like the VAM -Virtual Airlines Manager- has, and that with its Client of name SIMACARS, it reads absolutely the real ZFW with which we load the airplane and all the costs associated with the flight operation are Automatically relate and financial results are more real but, is a system with many bugs, errors that throw in other functions or modules, have yet to perfect it to get to have 100% operational.
No more to reference for the moments, we remain of you, by the board of Viasa Virtual Airlines (4411)
Very truly yours;
Erick Fco. Aldrighetti D.