Most discussions of using data analytics for better maintenance focus on newer aircraft. But sometimes a lot can be done to tap data on legacy models to improve maintenance. For example, WestJet Encore flies 42, soon to be 45, Bombardier Q400 turboprops as a regional feeder for its parent airline. David Hathaway is a Boeing 737 pilot on the main airline who was assigned to help with improving the technology on the smaller aircraft. “Our first objective was to solve the communication ...

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