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CHC, Leonardo, Skytrac collaborate for HUMS

5th March 2018 - 08:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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CHC Helicopter is collaborating with Leonardo and Skytrac to implement a real-time Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) on the AW139.

The system implementation and testing work will be led by CHC.

The solution installs key data sets from Leonardo’s Heliwise HUMS analytics software on Skytrac’s ISAT-200A data acquisition unit and transceiver. Paired with real-time monitoring and satellite connection, the system will notify operators about aircraft issues as they arise during flight. A wireless file download process, including WiFi and 4G cellular connectivity, will also send complete HUMS data into the Heliwise software when the aircraft arrives back at home base.

Jan van der Heul, VP, sales, SKYTRAC, said: ‘SKYTRAC will be acquiring and monitoring all HUMS parameters in real-time with the ISAT-200A. We are applying Heliwise analysis in real-time in the air and sending notifications to the ground to proactively alert stakeholders as soon as a threshold exceedance is detected. We also store the full data set and make this easily accessible post-flight.’

CHC will launch the real-time Heliwise HUMS solution on its AW139 this summer and the helicopter will go operational with the wireless data offloading from March 2018.

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