Proper aircraft management, including location tracking, inventory control, possession, service tickets and maintenance records, flight hours, etc., is critical to a well-run aviation business. Skyward supports these operations through the Skyward aircraft management features.
Aircraft management is available from the top navigation bar under “Manage | Drones.”
Aircraft management is provided on two levels:
The list view displays all the aircraft in your inventory and certain key pieces of information so that can find the aircraft you want quickly when planning an operation, or when determining the overall status of your fleet. The list view information comprises:
In addition to the quick information, the list view supports two important functions.
1. Add Drone – the large blue “Add Drone” button in the upper right corner. add drone creates a new, blank drone record for you.
2. Duplicate drone – found under the three dot menu at the end of each row. duplicate drone 1) copies all the information in the selected drone record and creates an identical copy, 2) appends ” – copy” to the name of your drone and 3) Sets the aircraft’s status to not airworthy, as marked by a red x.
Airworthy status and all other record details can be changed on the detail view page.
The aircraft detail screen consists of an information panel on the left; service history, notes, and custom data in the center; and an attached document section at the bottom for managing aircraft manuals, receipts, registration documents, etc. You can access an aircraft detail view by clicking on the aircraft in the list view.
The aircraft detail screen has:
The information panel, notes, and custom data fields may be edited by selecting the edit button in the upper right. A duplicate of your aircraft record may be created by selecting the duplicate button in the upper right. Service events are logged by clicking on the service event button.
The aircraft record data can be created and updated using the edit mode, available through clicking the Edit button in the upper right. For your convenience, a registration link to FAA small UAS registration web site is available when editing your aircraft record.
Duplicating an existing aircraft is a time-saving measure when adding a new aircraft record. You then only need to update the data that is different between the existing aircraft in the system and the new aircraft you are adding.
To duplicate an existing aircraft, select the duplicate button in the upper right. The entire aircraft record will be duplicated and added to your aircraft list with the word ” – copy” appended to the title. The status of a duplicated drone is then set to active and the airworthy flag is set to not airworthy as indicated by a red x.
The airworthy flag is accessed through the edit mode. Toggle the airworthy checkbox located under the aircraft name in order to change the status between red x and green check. The airworthiness flag is also automatically toggled between red x and green check when a service event is logged that changes the status from active to grounded or the reverse.
The information dashboard data can be added or updated through the edit mode.
A link the the FAA UAS online registration system is available through the edit mode.
The service history of the aircraft is reported as a list of open and closed tickets located under the service history section and below the aircraft name. Each ticket contains a time-stamp, any notes, and the name of the author of the ticket. Tickets can be created and closed, and the status of the aircraft changed, using the service event button located above the information panel and next to the status indicator.
An aircraft may have one of three statuses.
Recording a service event can either open a new ticket, update the existing in-process ticket, or close an existing in-process ticket. There can only be one in-process ticket at a time.
A new in-process ticket is created when the status is changed:
The in-process ticket is closed when the status is changed from either grounded or retired to active. The next time the status is changed to either grounded or retired a new ticket will be created.
Updating a service event without changing the status will add the time-stamped event to current in-process ticket.
Aircraft hours are calculated using all the logged flights in the organization. Aircraft hours are rounded up to the larger 10th of an hour. For example, 1 hour and 6 minutes logged on an aircraft would be reported as 1.1 hours. 1 hour and 7 minutes logged on an aircraft would be reported as 1.2 hours.
You should carefully consider what information that you need to track for each aircraft. Common fields are found in the information side panel, but Skyward provides the flexibility to allow you to track additional information that is specific to your workflow and operations. You can add any label and value you like. However, there are several fields that Skyward users have found useful.
Start by clicking the Edit button to enter the Edit mode and then adding a custom field label and value in the custom field section. Be sure to add the custom field value, even it is only a placeholder suggestion, in order to save your new custom field.
Here are some suggested custom fields.
|Controller Serial Number||PZ32442|
|Controller Firmware Version||2.1|
|Cables||3 USB Micro|
|Spare Propellers||12 Black: 6 CW; 6 CCW|
|Case||1 GPC Case|
|Spec: Max Flight Time||23 minutes|
|GCS Computer||Macbook Air C1MPW3NAG442|
The aircraft includes all of the components that make up a complete unmanned aircraft system (UAS). Before naming an aircraft, think about how you want organize your systems. Keep it simple. You can change the name later. The highest level is the owner. The next level is usually a kit or system. Omit the owner name if you don’t operate aircraft that belong to other organizations.
Skyward recommends naming aircraft like this:
Owner Name or Kit Number:Manufacturer Name-Model Name:Registration Number or Unique Serial Number.
Aircraft belongs to a different organization:
Aircraft assigned to a specific kit: