Stuart Illian, a former executive at training firm ProFlight, has formed Bluetail, a company that scans and digitizes aircraft maintenance and other records. The company serves as a content management system with archiving capabilities.
Additional functions will include data tagging for search purposes, and an artificial intelligence component that tracks predictable maintenance events. Illian formed Bluetail with partner Roberto Guerrieri, a former co-worker at Apple.
“The original idea was to address the Part 91 market, and we didn’t really expect to have interest from the piston segment,” Illian said. “But it turns out there’s a lot of appeal because most operators don’t have IT resources.” Part 135 operators and commercial aircraft leasing services have also indicated an interest.
Bluetail’s plan is to establish eight to 10 regional centers around the United States in the upcoming weeks so that customers can access the service more easily. Some centers will be located near training facilities, letting pilots attending recurrent courses bring their documents in person.
Customers can search their documents from any web browser and view a timeline of the aircraft’s maintenance history, plus compliance with airworthiness directives, service bulletins, and service letters. Each airplane also has a dashboard for a quick look at essential data. Users can access their accounts via private links or email. Illian says that Bluetail doesn’t do real-time maintenance tracking, noting that most owners already use manufacturers’ maintenance management systems.
“The time seems right for this kind of service. People want out of paper,” Illian said. “What I’m hearing is that most owners have their maintenance records on paper, scattered here and there, and it’s totally disorganized. Now you can have the documents saved, backed up, and stored in one place—retrievable by such things as keywords or dates.”