Digital Signatures

A digital signature is a cryptographic technique used to authenticate the integrity and origin of a digital document. It provides a unique identifier that verifies the identity of the signer and ensures that the content has not been altered since the signature was applied.

  • Your own individual FlightCert login is the only means through which you can use your digital signature. Your digital signature utilises an encrypted password in combination to your name, authority number and date to certify maintenance. Your digital signature is a permanent part of the record or document to which it was affixed, and is unalterable without a new signature. Tasks that have been digitally signed are identified by an icon (verified), date, recipient name, and authorisation number.
  • Your digital signature can be used for:
    • Deferring and certifying defects and observations using the MEL (Minimum Equipment List) process. Defects and observations that have been resolved using digital signatures cannot be reverted. This follows a similar process to a paper-based approach.
    • Pilot Inspections (e.g. pre-flight, role equipment changes). The most recent inspection can be reverted but only by the user who signed the original document, requiring a log in and new signature.
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Setting up your digital signature

Two-factor Authentication (2FA)

To use digital signatures you must enable two-factor authentication. Two-factor authentication creates an extra layer of security by requiring more than one form of identification to access your FlightCert account.
To enable two-factor authentication:

  1. Go to your info via the top banner menu
  2. Select the Two-Factor Authentication tab
  3. Click on "Enable Two-Factor Authentication" and follow the instructions to set up two-factor authentication
  4. Back up codes - Should you ever lose your phone, backup codes allow you to regain access to your account. We recommend printing or writing down your backup codes, and keeping them in a safe place separate from your phone. Unlike your authenticator codes, backup codes do not change. They can each only be used once. We strongly recommend setting up backup codes.
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Digital Signature

To enable your digital signature:

  1. Go to your info via the top banner menu
  2. Select the Digital Signature tab
  3. Click on "Enable Digital Signature"
  4. Enter an authentication code from your two-factor authentication app
  5. Enter your name, authorisation number, and create a PIN
  6. Save your changes
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Using digital signatures with an Aircraft

Only the account administrator can enable digital signatures on an aircraft. Authorised users that have access to that aircraft can digitally sign maintenance tasks if they have digital signatures and the aircraft has digital signatures enabled.
To enable digital signatures on an aircraft:

  1. Select an aircraft from the manage aircraft menu
  2. Select Settings
  3. Check "use digital signatures"
  4. Save your changes
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Release to Service Statement

An optional release to service statement is displayed in the window for tasks that utilise digital signatures. The release to service statement forms a permanent part of the record of documents signed.
The release to service statement can be set by:

  1. Go to your info via the top banner menu
  2. Select your organisation or company name
  3. Select Worksheet Settings
  4. Enter a release to service statement
  5. Save your changes