FLYdocs strengthens US team with appointment of Dayton Hornaday
By Katrina Dixon
15 June, 2018

FLYdocs continues to drive the changing landscape across the aviation industry to paperless, digital transitions and so must keep moving forward and searching for the most talented and experienced individuals to support us in our mission. So, we’re delighted to announce that Dayton Hornaday has recently joined our team as a Technical Manager for America.

With a background that spans the breadth of the American aviation industry, Dayton is the ideal candidate to join the FLYdocs team and continue to drive the industry forward. Not only has he worked within technical roles for several airlines, he also has a successful history in developing teams that drive businesses forward. He has plenty of experience in client-specific programs and has travelled globally as part of his technical work, ensuring that he has a thorough grasp of the worldwide aviation industry. To add a little more glamour to the FLYdocs team, Dayton has also worked as a Lead Technician on some high-profile VIP client charters.

Dayton has been recruited as a result of his extensive aviation experience in America and is already working closely with Frontier Airlines as part of his new role. Their recent switch to the FLYdocs platform for their fleet management, coupled with Dayton’s technical know-how is a perfect match. As the US market continues to grow, we are also continuing to grow a team of people who have the right skills to support regional expansions goals. With that in mind, we hope you’ll join us in welcoming Dayton to the FLYdocs team.

 

FLYdocs strengthens US team with appointment of Dayton Hornaday FLYdocs

1. Why did you join FLYdocs?

I’d already heard about FLYdocs from various colleagues in the aviation industry, specifically about how the advanced platform was changing the way the industry conducts its business. I wanted to be part of a revolutionising business that isn’t afraid to take the next step in aviation records and management.

2. What is your previous experience within the industry?

I’ve been in the aviation industry for 19 years, starting straight from high school with my A&P license. I worked at Indianapolis airline, ATA Airlines, before moving on to North American Airlines as a Flight Mechanic accompanying aircraft throughout the world and ensuring that any required maintenance was performed. After that, I was promoted to Manager of Flight Technicians and Line Stations, bringing me into the Heavy Mx oversight roles. I then moved through a couple of MROs as a Project Manager, finalising the journey as a Production Control Manager. During the past year, I came to the conclusion that I needed a new challenge and was therefore delighted when the opportunity to work for FLYdocs presented itself.

3. What values / qualities can our clients expect from you?

I know the importance of communication at all stages – that’s something you learn as you progress through various roles within this industry. So, my philosophy is to offer great customer service with thorough follow-ups. My technical background ensures that I can offer quality technical guidance for their programs, no matter how varied these might be.

4. Your thoughts on why the Aviation Industry should go Digital

Digital processes are already utilised across the industry as numerous airlines transition to paperless logbooks. In addition, the MRO network within the USA is beginning the transition to digital records platforms. Once companies see the added value that digital platforms can deliver, and that the problems of excessive corrections and missing paperwork will disappear, they’ll further recognise how these digital platforms can help to streamline their operations. This obviously results in financial savings too as fewer errors means fewer man hours spent fixing them

What they said

  • FLYdocs has successfully completed lease return projects for Wizz Air in the past, which gave us great insight into the power of their system. Now with full access to FLYdocs®, we have the right platform to manage all of our records across the entire portfolio.
    - Heiko Holm, Technical Director, Wizz Air
  • We can instantly see a project status, identify queries and delegate team members to respond to them all within the system. This detailed visibility provides us with every confidence in our ability to successfully redeliver this large number of aircraft in such a short period of time.
    - Jan De Meyer, Technical Representative & Records Manager, Brussels Airlines
  • We expect the FLYdocs® system to facilitate smoother aircraft lease returns, through benefits such as the structuring of and access to our maintenance records.
    - Rob Saunders, Manager Engineering Development Cathay Pacific Airways
  • We have already enjoyed the benefit of cost and time savings involved with researching historical information – what used to take days to complete, now takes mere seconds to search and find documentation.
    - Jim Landers SVP- Technical Operations Hawaiian Airlines
  • The FLYdocs document audit was very comprehensive and captured a lot of discrepancies that might have otherwise been missed during a physical on-site documentation review. Once in a digital format, it was very quick and easy to locate a required document or piece of information.
    - Dean Pang, Engineering Executive at SilkAir
  • FLYdocs® allows us to be prepared and in a proactive position instead of reacting to document findings from a lessor just before the physical inspection starts. The feedback from the lessors is always positive as they can review the documents online and on different remote locations.
    - Werner Reiser Senior Manager Phase Out Program SWISS International Air Lines Ltd
  • We are excited to be moving to a new digital way of working that will transform our current engineering practices and we ensure that we deliver against our ambitious asset transition programme, keeping us and our fleet at the forefront of aviation in Europe.
    - Cemil Sayar, Director Technic, SunExpress
  • FLYdocs not only brings a leading software solution but also specific expert knowledge in the area of commercial aviation records management.
    - Rob Saunders, Manager Engineering Development Cathay Pacific Airways
  • The visibility and advanced electronic real-time audit functionality across both the records and aircraft physical inspection sides of the process have allowed Virgin staff, our MRO partners and the lessors, lessees and aviation authorities involved in the process to pro-actively manage each delivery with ease.
    - Rick Daniels Information Services & Airworthiness Records Manager Virgin Atlantic Airways
  • The platform’s superior functionality will provide us ease of use and multi-user web access to technical aircraft records from anywhere in the world.
    - Justin Goatcher, CDB Aviation, Head of Asset Management
  • The platform will bring much more versatility and control across the entire audit and transition process. We are also excited by the improvements it will make to our aircraft remarketing and trading performance too.
    - Rich Poutier, Chief Technical Officer, MCAP
  • We were impressed by the technical capabilities of the FLYdocs® platform. We contracted FLYdocs to manage the complete project from scanning to audit, and have the FLYdocs team to thank for their hard work and expertise.
    - Barry Keenaghan, Project Manager, NAC

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