12-Mar-2010 Source: Goodrich
Goodrich Corporation’s (NYSE:Â GR) Sensors and Integrated Systems business inÂ Vergennes, Vt. marked the delivery of its 2,000th helicopter health and usage management system (HUMS) in a ceremonyÂ March 8, 2010Â attended by employees and U.S. SenatorÂ Patrick LeahyÂ (D-VT). Â Leahy has supported the company in winning more thanÂ $100 millionÂ in contracts to develop and deploy the HUMS systems for a number of helicopter platforms for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps.
“I am incredibly proud to mark this day with the men and women of Goodrich,” said Leahy. Â “2,000 HUMS units are a win forVermont, the Department of Defense, and our men and women in uniform.Â These life-saving, money-saving devices keep our helicopters flying safely and have been at the heart of this region’s economy.”
Goodrich Sensors and Integrated Systems vice presidentÂ Gary LoftusÂ described how a U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter unit, fully equipped with HUMS, recently set a new record for numbers of hours flown in a 12-month period and saved taxpayersÂ $45 millionÂ in maintenance costs.Â “The HUMS units give feedback to mechanics that enable them to catch big problems while they are still small, inexpensive problems,” Loftus explained.Â “They also catch problems while the helicopter is either on the ground or in time to get the helicopter to the ground safely. Our employees are proud of the role they play in helping our warfighters save lives, time and money.”
Goodrich’sÂ Health and Usage Management Systems (HUMS) give mechanics feedback on a helicopter’s engine performance, structural performance and rotor performance â€“ allowing a helicopter to be serviced before major system failures.Â Before the use of HUMS units, helicopters were routinely taken out of service for unnecessary preventative maintenance.Â The units are onboard a variety of military and commercial helicopters including the U.S. Army’s UH-60 Black Hawk and CH-47 Chinook, the U.S. Marine Corps’ CH-53E Super Stallion, and Sikorsky’s commercial S-76DÂ® and S-92 aircraft.
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