FAQ

 

How is this program different that other FAA information resource programs?

 

Rather than simply being a source of generic FAA Airworthiness Directives and, regulations resources and then requiring the Owner or Mechanic to sort through the aircraft's historical maintenance records, AMPro holds a database of prior compliance for the aircraft and applies FAA resources to the specific situation of the aircraft by taking into account the prior compliance situation of the aircraft along with the current date and tack time and comparing the specific situation of the aircraft against the up to the minute FAA Airworthiness Directive database.  It then provides the owner or mechanic with clear information about Airworthiness directives 1) that need compliance, 2) that will need future compliance and 3) and proof of prior compliance on Airworthiness directives that were previously complied with.

 

What is the source of FAA Airworthiness Directives and regulations?

 

All Airworthiness Directive are downloaded from the FAA's website at the time you cause the program to execute the search.

 

What other FAA information is supplied besided ADs?

 

Besides AD, links are provided to FARS, AC, TCDS, 337 forms and instructions.  AMPro provides links to all of the information that the FAA requires IAs to have access to.  AMPro consolidates information from the FAA's resources and information stored in its internal database about the aircraft's previously complied ADs and maintenance to eliminate the repetitive log book searches to prove compliance with ADs and repetitive service.  Rather than simply being a source of FAA regulations and guidance resources, AMPro applies FAA resources to the specificis of the aircraft at this date and tack time.

 

 What forms are supplied by AMPro?

 

AMPro software generates PDF reports of:

1) Historical and future AD compliance reports. 

2) Annual inspection log entries for the Airframe, Engine(s), Propeller(s), and AD which had to be complied with to complete the annual inspection.

3) Historical Log entries for Airframe, Engines and propellers.

 

How are Twin engine Aircraft handled differently than single engine aircraft?

 

When you enter an aircraft into AMPro, the process is much like creating an equipment list.  If the aircraft has two engines or propellers, you enter each with its position and serial number.  When AMPro searches for AD or when it asks questions about inspection or maintenance information it will ask appropriate questions for each of the engines and propellers and then inspection forms and log book reports are generated for each of the engines and propellers. 

 

What do I get with the free evaluation copy of AMPro Software?

 

The evaluation copy of the AMPro software actually has significant value to the user.  It provides most of the value that you receive from other paid subscription suppliers of this type of information. With the evaluation copy, you can create log book entries, inspection reports.  You can download ADs specific to your aircraft, engine, prop and appliances.  You can generate AD reports for the aircraft.  We are happy that by applying modern computer resources including web search and database capabilites we can supply you with what you have previously been supplied with your yearly subscriptions for free.

 

What does the user get for paying for the upgraded copy of AMPro?

 

By upgrading to the paid version of AMPro you will keep your database alive and AMPro will keep track of prior one-time AD compliance, when future compliance will be necessary for recurring AD and it will track scheduled maintenance like replacement times of ELT battery, transponder checks, pitot static checks, oil changes and filter replacements.

 

How does the user upgrade from the evaluation version or re-license the paid version of AMPro?

 

In the help menu there are two sub-menues that provide licence information and upgrade capability.  Using the help->get license info sub menu the user can learn the serial number of their program and the number of days that remain on their license.  The help->update license sub-menu allows the user to enter a vendor supplied 16 digit code to extend the license period.  When the license is near expiration the user can pay to upgrade their AMPro software.  Payment of the license extension fee will trigger the generation of a new license code which will be sent via email to the user.  The user then copies the code from the email and pastes it into the help->update license gui entry window and the license period is extended. 

 

What is the difference between the single user and multi user versions of AMPro?

 

The multi version allows the entry and tracking of multiple aircraft.  This version is intended for use by IA mechanics or by fleet operators.  The single version is intended for single aircraft owners.

 

How long does it take to setup and aircraft in AMPro?

 

AMPro software can be installed in less that 10 minutes by the oriented customer and information for a specific aircraft  including airframe, engine, propeller and a few scheduled maintenance items can be entered in less than 10 minutes.

 

How long does it take to initially enter historical AD compliance information?

 

Here is where the program supplies big value.  Entering historical AD compliance information for an aircraft on its first annual using AMPro software is a lot like sorting cards in a card game.  You should be able to cut the time required to do initial historical AD compliance proof to about one-third the time that you have spend on each aircraft, every year, in prior years.  And once the historical compliance information has been entered, future AD searches take less than 5 minutes.   

 

How does AMPro help with record Archival needs?

 

AMPro stores the data in an industry standard SQL database.  This database can be imported or exported from AMPro; thus the database can be stored on a separate server for archival purposes--or even used with other SQL tools should AMPro become unavailable.  AMPro also generates PDF copies of all logbook information that has been entered into the software.  This can include not just records going forward but you can also retroactively enter data into AMPro's SQL database.  Admittedly, re-entering historical log book information can be tedious; so AMPro allows you to scan historical copies of the logbooks into PDF format and those PDFs are stored in the computers directory structure in an organized arrangement along with the new SQL information  This allows you to zip the aircraft specific information, both historical and SQL format for archive on a secure server.  Many times I've asked for AD proof from a customer and what I remember seeing in previous years is no longer available.  The scanned archive is great for solving that problem.

 

What does the user need to do to be sure that they have gotten all applicable ADs?

 

Like all computer programs, and even interpersonal interactions, the quality of the data created by the program is limited if the information entered is not good.  To enable an AD search you must enter the N_number, the engines and propellers manufacture, model and series are entered using pull down menus.  Finally appliances like bendix ignition switches must be entered.  To insure accuracy when using AMPro, you should carefully be sure that the N_number, the engines and props manufacture, model and series number are entered correctly.