Within aviation Excel is still widely used for data analysing purposes; For data and tech savvy’s it might be surprising for people working longer in aviation it is less. Excel is used for instance, for reliability management or KPI monitoring. With more data available aircraft data management gets much more complex, hence Excel might not be the right tool anymore to use for these kinds of analysis as it has its limitations. So, to stay ahead it is time to leave excel behind, in below document we highlight five reasons why and how

Let’s start first with the cliché:

Somewhere between the phrase “Garbage In, Garbage Out” exist useful data sets that come in various shapes and forms: be it free-text deferred defect descriptions recorded by your line maintenance technician or man-hours recorded against a standard MPD task in a hangar.

The quality of these inputs is often disregarded on face value due to inconsistency of source data feeding into Excel sheets owing to the nature of complexity of different systems in use or something as fundamental as human error.

However, decisions are not made in thin air, but informed decisions are made from data and information that one has access to and is accurate. Achieving tangible conclusions requires several layers on top of the data surface, and a skeleton below that harmonizes data standards.