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Pentastar Aviation LLC of the USA launches hosted version of Commsoft’s OASES


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Pentastar Aviation has become the launch customer for the hosted version of Commsoft’s OASES maintenance management software, having utilized the system for several months, in a previously-unannounced deal.

Pontiac, Michigan-based Pentastar Aviation, has been able to access a version of OASES hosted by a data centre on behalf of Commsoft itself, meaning that it avoided initial set-up costs related to hardware and licensing.

Pentastar Aviation operates a single Boeing MD-83 in a 64-seat luxury business shuttle configuration on behalf of a local professional sports team.

Pentastar Aviation, which is Commsoft’s second USA-based customer, has access to OASES for 2-3 concurrent users via remote desktop protocols.

The hosted OASES implementation includes the following modules:
  • Airworthiness
  • Planning
  • Core
Nick Godwin, Managing Director for Commsoft said: “We are delighted that Pentastar Aviation has chosen OASES, following a recommendation from an existing US customer. We expect a strong market from corporate aviation and airline operators with very small aircraft fleets for our hosted version of OASES. The combination of powerful functionality and a lower initial investment will open the doors to new markets for OASES. Hosted OASES customers will be able to later switch to a standalone version of the OASES system should their engineering demands or fleet size grow significantly. Following on from Pentastar Aviation, another unannounced US-based business shuttle customer has since signed for OASES”.

“We have a very encouraging level of interest in the hosted solution and we expect to secure other customers soon.”

Pentastar Aviation Director of Maintenance 125 operations, Dennis Heinze said: “The hosted adaptation of OASES will let us bring a whole new level of sophistication to our maintenance planning needs at Pentastar for an affordable price. For a small operator it has the potential to transform its maintenance management.”

About Commsoft

Commsoft (Communications Software (Airline Systems) Ltd) has been developing and selling aircraft maintenance software since 1971. Headquartered at Tiptree, UK, it has UK regional offices in Derby, Norwich and near Gatwick Airport as well as an office in Australia. Its flagship product is the Open Aviation Strategic Engineering System (OASES), which is in service with more than 50 airlines and maintenance organizations worldwide, supporting over 70 aviation operations.

OASES is a highly sophisticated, modular family of Oracle-based software applications that brings increased efficiency and lower costs to a wide range of MRO activities. Areas covered include among others: inventory control, purchase order processing, technical records, aircraft-check planning and recording, and line maintenance control. Designed by and for engineers, it is one of the most successful MRO software products in the world. More information available at

About Pentastar Aviation

For 50 years, Pentastar Aviation has been a leader in the world of business aviation. Pentastar Aviation provides award-winning aircraft maintenance, aircraft management services, aviation advisors, avionics design/installation/repair, and custom aircraft interiors. Pentastar Aviation Charter, Inc. provides aircraft charter services and direct air carrier services for helicopter emergency medical services and air ambulance operations. Pentastar’s repair stations at Oakland International (PTK) and Oxford (OXC) airports are among the most expansive and well-equipped facilities in the nation. Pentastar’s world-class FBO at Oakland County International Airport provides exceptional customer service and amenities to regional, continental and global travelers. Pentastar is a proud provider of Avfuel branded fuels. Pentastar Aviation supports many charities and aviation-based education initiatives including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Operation Good Cheer, Sky Hope Network, EAA Young Eagles and local Aviation Day programming.