A look at an HAI member up close and personal.
Digital AirWare of Charlotte, North Carolina, began in 2007 because of one man’s ingenuity.
While working as an A&P and inspection-authorized aviation mechanic, US Marine veteran Joaquin Demoreta-Braza developed an extensive Excel spreadsheet to better track his customers’ maintenance requirements. After studying his friend’s program, Brad Goodman suggested they replace the spreadsheet with a Web-based program they would build themselves.
Later, in 2011, Michael Demoreta-Braza joined the team to develop the operations side of the business and Digital AirWare took off, acquiring its first law enforcement agency customer, the San Antonio (Texas) Police Department, not long afterward. The company has since grown to become a provider of premier Web-based aviation management systems for multiple operators, including many in the airborne law enforcement community.
Airworthiness and Operational Status at a Glance
Using a highly visually based system, Digital AirWare literally gives users a clear picture of the status of the aircraft, equipment, pilot, training, and safety conditions at a glance. For aircraft, each customer’s dashboard includes an image and tail number of each aircraft, next to a traffic signal icon that indicates green for airworthy, yellow for upcoming items needing attention soon, or red for grounded. This system is also used for every pilot on staff to indicate the person’s currency and medical renewal status.
The same visual system is available for accessories requiring inspections and replacement, again giving customers a fast, at-a-glance understanding of equipment operational status. By clicking on an aircraft, piece of equipment, or pilot, customers are taken to a spreadsheet-type module that further details the tracked items. Cells in the sheet are highlighted in yellow or red to quickly identify what needs attention. Users can create custom reports enabling them to quickly track specific items within their operation.
Program Compatibility and Customization
Digital AirWare’s program has expanded to include 25 additional integrated modules, including those for tool tracking, training, flight and maintenance logs, crew and maintenance scheduling, inventory, and quality control. The system can also be integrated with several flight tracking tools, including those from Spidertracks, Guardian Mobility, and Skytrac. Others can be set up at the customer’s request.
Because the system can be accessed from the Web, users can log in anytime from anywhere, and administrators within the customer’s organization can control individual user access levels and editing abilities to ensure the software best supports their operation.
Terence S. Miyauchi, former aviation administrator for the Arizona Department of Public Safety and a Digital AirWare customer, says the software program has become critical to his company’s success. “What [we] initially sought as a tool to more effectively track data has now become an essential part of our daily flight operations,” Miyauchi says. “From scheduling and maintenance tracking to parts inventory and report writing, the features of Digital AirWare have greatly streamlined our operations and allowed us to reach a new level of efficiency.”