Using Data To Drive Safety at ASESA

Nicola Tims
December 3, 2020

Having transported over 8.6 million passengers over the past 19 years, and clocking in a casual 210,000 total flight hours in the air since their inception in 1977, ASESA, a subsidiary which falls under its parent company, Grupo Lomex, is a well-established, well-equipped, and highly experienced organisation who are thriving in the aviation industry. 

They cover the entire area of Mexico, including off-shore operations, from their main base in Ciudad del Carmen, to Veracruz, Poza Rica, Tampico, Matamoros, Monterrey, and Toluca.

ASESA has an impeccable safety record - and this is not by chance. “Our technicians and pilots receive training from the Leonardo Training Academy, or recognised training centres,” says Alejandro Perafan Marin, General Manager of ASESA. “We have been working with them since the beginning. Now, we request exactly what we need, and they produce specific training courses for the operations that we perform.”

Their efforts have also been recognised by Helicopter Association International (HAI), as recipients of their safety award.

Pilots and maintenance crew both benefit from rich data

The team at Ciudad del Carmen has an Operation Control Centre (OCC), where they utilise Spidertracks to see exactly what their team is doing in the air.

“In some cases when we see, for example, a rate of climb that has been exceeded, my safety officer interviews the pilot and asks them why they made this decision during their flight. Having Spidertracks in our aircraft gives us more information, which means we can help our pilots better understand and improve their flying techniques.”

Not only do the pilots at ASESA benefit from having Spidertracks on board, but the maintenance team can also use these insights to service their aircraft more efficiently.

“They can instantly see problems with an aircraft,” he says, “And can correlate if exceedances may require additional inspections or tests before a failure happens.”

Installation and information at a fraction of the cost

Before arriving at ASESA, Alejandro previously worked for another Mexican airline, and has seen first-hand the cost comparisons of other technology solutions that exist in the market. 

“Typically, FDR installations into an aircraft are very expensive,” he explains, “and they almost give the same amount of rich information Spidertracks provides to us.”

Alejandro is now looking to enhance their fleet with the latest technology - Spider X - to give the team even greater insight and richer information, so they can not only see where their aircraft are flying, but also, know how they’re flying. 

“With Spider X, we will have more data for FDM analysis, and look forward to accessing more information, which will give us the ability to improve our flight capabilities for pilots, and also to take care of the aircraft.”


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