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Smartly tracking fleet changes

In day to day work, it all comes down to finding the right information and quickly. In aviation, things are happening at an ever faster pace. That is why we are committed to providing you with fast, easy-to-find and accurate information.

When we released our new modules in 2015, we focused on providing clear visibility into different data sets, each one cross-referenced to each other – and aimed to make your searches easy, quick and painless.

However, there was one question we heard quite often: How can you locate constant changes occurring in our database?

Now, before we provide you with a more detailed answer, let’s just do a quick (and fun) intro to the methodology of research and QA.

All changes in our database are initiated through manual or automated searches through our own research department. Just imagine a bunch of aviation geeks and enthusiasts devoting their days to digging through the weirdest corners of the internet to get you all the bits and pieces of aviation data.

Except for raw data which is licensed from OAG, we don’t buy any other third party data. That is because we want to remain completely independent. Or should we say: Swiss neutral.

Once the research is done, we hand the data over to Quality Assurance where it gets completely scrutinised. If the data passes the test, it gets published. And this happens on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.

This process includes an average of five hundred changes weekly – and that’s just in the fleet data set.

We felt that you should be aware and know all the updates and changes in your daily workings with our data. Because of this, we have developed a few ways for you to check out what we have updated.

Here’s what we have implemented:

The results of your aircraft search will sometimes show the letters UPD before the C/N. This stands for Updated and means that we have recently incorporated a change to that serial number.

The picture shows two ex-Pecotox-Air A300B4-605(F) aircraft: one with changed registration and the second one delivered to AeroUnion to be re-registered. That’s pretty easy to figure out.

But we wanted to give you even more information on what we have updated. So, if you are interested in a particular aircraft type, market group or any other search criteria, and you want to see last the updates only, don’t worry: you can use the Last Update options.

Pick the fleet of your interest, choose the Update Period to see updates done in the last 8, 15, 31 or 90 days, check if you would like to see Additions, Updates or even both, and then hit the search button.

In the last 90 days we had 603 additions and updates just in the A320 family. Kudos to the data team!

And if you quickly want to just see updates from the last 15 days, follow the Show latest updates link. It will give you a quick overview on everything you need to know.

Did you know that over the last 15 days we have added 182 aircraft with 82 carriers? Aviation is booming indeed. Some aircraft have been delivered and for part of them we already know the serial number and carrier, so we have rushed to share the intel with you!

Finally, NEW stands for a new addition. You guessed right – these are all new metal not just in our database, but in the aviation world.

Well, that’s enough for today, I guess. But it is hard to stop, as we are all geeky about flying metal at ch-aviation.

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