News: CHC, Leonardo and Skytrac Join Forces to Flight Test New Real-time HUMS/EFB Combination
CHC Helicopters has flight tested a new real-time Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) interfaced with an electronic flight bag (EFB) for the AW139 aircraft. The new combined system has been developed by the operator in partnership with airframer Leonardo and aviation data specialist Skytrac.
The technology combines inflight HUMS analysis with real-time air-to-ground exceedance alerts and automated downloads to Leonardo’s HeliWise analysis software. Live weather and marine aeronautical information service data also are fed to the cockpit to improve the crew’s situational awareness.
Flight Data Monitoring data can be downloaded immediately and automatically whenever the aircraft comes into range of a CHC-secured WiFi hotspot at its homebase. This gets the data into the hands of FDM analysts more quickly and efficiently.
“CHC’s core focus is on safety and efficiency. This technology will help detect HUMS exceedances early while speeding up the analysis process. In addition, the Skytrac EFB application monitors live weather and marine traffic inflight. This will help pilots easily identify changes to potentially unsafe flight conditions (such as those related to thunderstorms and lightning activity) and take alternative measures in a more measured fashion,” said Dave Balevic, CHC’s senior vice president, engineering and operations.
Skytrac presented its plans for the combined HUMS and EFB application in the Shark Tank competition for safety innovations relating to system reliability and resilience held during HeliOffshore’s 2017 annual conference in Budapest. Along with CHC and Leonardo, Canada-based Skytrac is a member of HeliOffshore.
“Leonardo is pleased to be part of this innovative AW139 project with CHC and Skytrac. Today more than ever, the industry is looking for a practical and flexible solution for real-time HUMS data. This important achievement will help CHC to fully streamline their AW139’s HUMS data download and processing to reduce aircraft AOGs and to increase aircraft continuous airworthiness,” said Leonardo Helicopters head of PSE & licenses, Maurizio D’Angelo.