23-Apr-2010 Source: GE Aviation
GE Aviation recently announced the launch of the first proven web-based health and usage monitoring system utilizing GE Advanced Anomaly Detection (AAD) technology. The system is introduced with AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, on the AW139 to further enhance its global Customer Support Services.
“This application of our Advanced Anomaly Detection technology brings about one of the most significant changes in HUMS effectiveness in the last 20 years,” said Chris Beaufait, president of Avionics for GE Aviation Systems. “Operators are able to monitor fleet trending and detect anomalies earlier and with greater confidence as this technology provides higher fidelity interpretation of all data. This is a major step forward since GE produced the first certified HUMS in 1991.”
The AW139 HUMS Web Services package features dedicated data transmission software and website as well as the Advanced Anomaly Detection technology. The new data transmission software allows a quicker and smarter 24/7 web link between the customer base and the central data repository, which is automatically updated. The helicopter health status can be updated wherever internet access is available.
“The advanced anomaly detection technology provides a simple set of indicators for the operator’s technical staff, enabling more efficient data analysis,” said Marco Sala, AgustaWestland Senior Vice President Customer Support & Services Italy. “This allows easier and more efficient maintenance activities on AW139 transmission components, in addition to reduced workload and increased fleet operational effectiveness.”
GE’s artificial intelligence based AAD technology is the first of its type to have been successfully proven through comprehensive in-service trials. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) sponsored the trials conducted with Bristow Helicopters.
The new HUMS Web Services were presented to a number of AW139 operators during the AW139 HUMS Operators Conference held in Vergiate (Italy) on April 8th and 9th. By this innovative data monitoring approach, the AW139 operators can easily manage the automated transmission of health and usage data collected during operations, enabling highly flexible and rapid sharing with AgustaWestland Customer Support & Services.
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