"You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."
I’m heading back to Miami next month for the Aircraft Commerce Airline & Aerospace MRO & Operations IT Conference. This year I’ve got another couple of presentation slots. I’ve got a very busy Day One with a keynote presentation on general mobility in aerospace, followed by a case study of our mobility project at American Airlines, and finally a short presentation as part of the EFB vendor showcase.
There’s a strong chance I’ll be following up the conference keynote with an online webinar, so if you’re unable to make it to Miami you’ll still have a chance to hear my talk and ask any questions online, a week or two after the conference. More new on that in due course.
This year the conference has switched to the Miami Hyatt Regency Hotel after a bit of a lacklustre venue last year at the Miami Downtown Hilton. As per usual my flights were extortionate if travelling without staying a Saturday night, so I have a couple of days to acclimatise before the conference.
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Violets are blue,
Affect one person in three"
Mobility is driving paperless efficiencies in aerospace in the Middle East, but is everybody ready? | Flatirons Solutions, Inc.
Here’s a blog post I wrote as a follow up to the recent MRO Middle East Conference for the Flatirons Solutions company website.
"The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone."
Harriet Beecher Stowe.
Our neighbour passed away this morning after a long fight against cancer. RIP Chris.
According to Aerdata an average wide body aircraft can generate almost 10,000 sheets of paper from maintenance activity each year. A narrow body aircraft without ETOPS generates a fair bit less at around 8,400 sheets per year. This is a staggering revelation and way more than I would have expected. This means that a fleet of only 100 Boeing 777s would churn out a million sheets of paper a year. The cost of the paper and the printing alone is the tip of the iceberg with distribution, storage and processing the paper racking up some phenomenal costs.
If that isn’t incentive enough to move towards a paperless airline then I don’t know what other efficiencies could possibly be more value.
I’m on the road next week. I’m flying to LA to spend a couple of weeks at our head office in Irvine, California. In the middle of that I have a few days in Austin, Texas to visit our training team. Following on from that I’m heading straight to Dubai for the MRO Middle East conference where I will be chairing a panel discussion on mobility. So 3 weeks away from home.
I’ll try and keep up to date on my travels, but you’ll be able to keep track of my movements on Twitter.
This week I found out there is a thing called “The IKEA Effect”. Apparently it is a cognitive bias that makes people apply a disproportionately higher value on things they have partially created. Think flat packed furniture that you buy at IKEA and self assemble. According to credible studies, the effect shows that when people apply their own labour to construct a product, they value it more even if done poorly.
This explains why I rarely throw furniture away and why I tend to become emotionally attached to software products and projects on which I have worked. Could it be that my perception of software that I have helped to develop is skewed? I did think that my evaluation of projects was quite realistic and I have been told in the past that I have been overly critical of my own work, but the IKEA Effect has opened my eyes up to the possibility that I’m analysing software in an overly biased way.
photo courtesy of Håkan Dahlström on Flickr