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A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Communications Software's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Communications Software is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

Nick Godwin, managing director
OASES is used worldwide with
the latest generation airliners
Communications Software, with their all-encompassing
OASES (Open Aviation Strategic Engineering System)
MRO IT software solution for the aviation industry, are
one of the world’s most successful aerospace engineering
and maintenance software businesses. With over 130 aviation
customers supported in over 55 countries across six continents
– including national carriers, maintenance companies, regional
freightforwarders, leasing companies, cargo specialists, charter
operatorsand specialty rotatable warehouses in the US, Europe,
the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Australasia – they have a
broad experience in all aspects of aviation maintenance. The key
totheir success is ensuring that their OASES MRO IT software
worksin the interests of all stakeholders, be it for those
interested in compliance, maintenance or lessors, or anyoneelse
with an interest in maintenance cycles. Directing this companyis
Nick Godwin, who writes the following review article.
Solutions to what?
Aircraft are a cornerstone of modern civilization, both in terms of technology and in
terms of their geopolitical significance. It’s no surprise then that there is such heavy
regulation around these marvels of engineering. On the whole, these regulations
serve a noble cause, with air travel as a result being one of the safest means of
transport available to humanity. However, they are also a massive institutional
challenge for those who, in whatever capacity, run and manageaircraft.
»Managing director:
»Established in 1971
»Based in Tiptree, Essex
»Services: Supply of software
solutions for maintenance and
engineering management in
the aviation industry
»No. of employees: 50
»Dominant provider in growing
eastern and central Europe
Software – OASES
Highlighting best practice
This is where our OASES software
displays its utility. By allowing us
to use a customer’s approved
maintenance programme as the
benchmark, we have developed
a system that greatly assists
owners, leasing companies, airline
management and ground operatives
in adhering to aviation regulations and
Some aircraft parts might be on
condition, which means they only
need to be tended to when required
via monitoring processes. Others
might need to be checked at regular
intervals. Some parts may be rotable,
meaning they can be overhauled at
regular intervals, whereas others may
have a life limit of however many
thousands of hours or cycles. With the
solutions we offer, all of this is taken
into account and managed in the most
algorithmically efficient way.
Indeed, it saves not just energy but
money; for example, if records of
maintenance are inadequate, it’s
incumbent upon the airline manager
to assume the worst and perform
a wholesale check on the aircraft
(which, as one would expect, costs
more than knowing which areas
to concentrate on). Proper use
of OASES avoids such situations.
culture also ensures that customers
benefit from a comprehensive
implementation, training and
maintenance package that includes a
dedicated help desk, online support
and user group membership, as well
as product upgrades and software
review services. It’s for all these
reasons that an ever-growing number
of stakeholders are taking interest in
these systems.
With the active participation of our
users, OASES is constantly evolving
to ensure that it is always up to date
with technological advances and fully
responsive to the ever-changing needs
of its users. OASES was designed by
and for engineers, so it’s easy to use,
but also functionally sophisticated.
Great emphasis has also been placed on
the design to facilitate implementation
in live engineering operations. We
have extensive capabilities in the key
areas of data migration, training and
connectivity to external systems, which
helps us toimplement the system
quickly and cost-effectively, meaning
OASES adds value to the business right
from thestart.
OASES has a growing
market with MROs for
base maintenance
With the active
of our users,
evolving with
An expansive remit
The success of OASES is reflected in
the more than 85 contracts Commsoft
has won worldwide, often under tough
competitive conditions, and in our
more than doubled customer base over
the past seven years. In the last two
years alone, the maintenance control of
more than 200 additional aircraft has
been assigned to the system. Today,
the OASES community comprises more
than 130 aviation customers around
the world, from national airlines and
large maintenance companies to small
independent operators.
In our portfolio reside many of
the regional airlines in the UK, but
we’realso developing a very strong
customer presence in Eastern Europe.
To serve our worldwide customer
base, in addition to our UK offices,
we have bases in Coimbatore, India
andBrisbane, Australia. With a
partnership approach to our global
business, Commsoft also has an
implementationpartner in Romania
and CAMO partners in several
European and Asian countries.
Other recent OASES developments
include the launch of the first in
a series of new OASES mobile
applications, providing access to
information anywhere, anytime. This
innovation is also a good example of
the close co-operation that Commsoft
encourages with its customers and was
just one of the many improvements
and developments that Commsoft has
recently made as a result of frequent
customer community exchanges and
the detailed analysis of requests made
in the OASES web-based service desk.
We’re now celebrating over 40
years of IT excellence in aviation
maintenance around the world, and
have a long history of technological
evolution of this superb system and
a growing global community of
OASES users. As technology and its
attendant regulations become ever
more sophisticated, we will ensure that
we keep up to date for the sake of our
clients, our business and for the safety
of air passengers all across the globe.
We’ll be at the fore of these
technological advancements, and it’s
in this regard that we will stand out
and succeed. Furthermore, our client
base is still in a state of continued
expansion, and this is something
we expect will continue into the
foreseeable future. With regard to the
future more generally, we are in no
short supply of optimism. For us it’s
quite literally onward and upward.
more than
130 aviation
around the
world in over
55 countries
Commsoft prides itself
on friendly, personalised,
expert support
OASES supports key
airlines on LCY’s busy

This article was sponsored by Communications Software. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from The Rt Hon Theresa May MP.

The Rt Hon Theresa May MP's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By The Rt Hon Theresa May MP

This foreword from the then Prime Minister appeared in the 2018/19 Parliamentary Review.

British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review. For Her Majesty’s Government, our task in the year ahead is clear: to achieve the best Brexit deal for Britain and to carry on our work to build a more prosperous and united country – one that truly works for everyone. 

The right Brexit deal will not be sufficient on its own to secure a more prosperous future for Britain. We also need to ensure that our economy is ready for what tomorrow will bring. Our Modern Industrial Strategy is our plan to do that. It means Government stepping up to secure the foundations of our productivity: providing an education system that delivers the skills our economy needs, improving school standards and transforming technical education; delivering infrastructure for growth; ensuring people have the homes they need in the places they want to live. It is all about taking action for the long-term that will pay dividends in the future.

But it also goes beyond that. Government, the private sector and academia working together as strategic partners achieve far more than we could separately. That is why we have set an ambitious goal of lifting UK public and private research and development investment to 2.4 per cent of GDP by 2027. It is why we are developing four Grand Challenges, the big drivers of social and economic change in the world today: harnessing artificial intelligence and the data revolution; leading in changes to the future of mobility; meeting the challenges of our ageing society; and driving ahead the revolution in clean growth. By focusing our efforts on making the most of these areas of enormous potential, we can develop new exports, grow new industries and create more good jobs in every part of our country.

Years of hard work and sacrifice from the British people have got our deficit down by over three quarters. We are building on this success by taking a balanced approach to public spending. We are continuing to deal with our debts, so that our economy can remain strong and we can protect people’s jobs, and at the same time we are investing in vital public services, like our NHS. We have set out plans to increase NHS funding annually by an average by 3.4 percent in real terms: that is £394 million a week more. In return, the NHS will produce a ten-year plan, led by doctors and nurses, to eliminate waste and improve patient care.

I believe that Britain can look to the future with confidence. We are leaving the EU and setting a new course for prosperity as a global trading nation. We have a Modern Industrial Strategy that is strengthening the foundations of our economy and helping us to seize the opportunities of the future. We are investing in the public services we all rely on and helping them to grow and improve. Building on our country’s great strengths – our world-class universities and researchers, our excellent services sector, our cutting edge manufacturers, our vibrant creative industries, our dedicated public servants – we can look towards a new decade that is ripe with possibility. The government I lead is doing all it can to make that brighter future a reality for everyone in our country. 

British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review 
The Rt Hon Theresa May MP
Prime Minister