16-Dec-2013 Source: SkyTrac Systems
SkyTrac Systems is pleased to announce the successful flight test of their Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) system in a Bell 212 with Skyline Helicopters Ltd. SkyTrac’s engineers were on site to conduct a test flight with Skyline to demonstrate rotor and engine component exceedances.
SkyTrac’s FDM system – including an ISAT-200A, Cockpit Display Unit (CDU) and Iridium antenna – was quickly installed. Once installation was complete, key thresholds were configured and the testing began. Thresholds were set artificially low in order to demonstrate exceedance triggering and real-time notification. Once airborne, the ISAT-200A successfully detected exceedances in both engines for Torque, Main Rotor RPM (Nr), Internal Turbine Temperature (ITT), Power Turbine RPM (N2) and Gas Generator Turbine RPM (Ng).
“We were very excited to be able to integrate the FDM equipment and have it functioning, end-to-end, within a matter of hours,” commented Mike Ball, Engineering Manager. “The ISAT-200A real-time exceedance notification performed as designed; we are confident this feature will pay dividends during normal flight operations while monitoring real thresholds for key aircraft components.”
SkyTrac Systems is renowned worldwide for providing the highest level of customer service in the SatCom industry. With over 185,000 daily transmissions to customers in 50 countries on 7 continents, our complete solutions enhance safety, ensure regulatory compliance and increase operational efficiency.
SkyTrac has acquired a long list of Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) and the company’s hardware has been installed on a large number of rotary and fixed wing aircraft types from AgustaWestland, Eurocopter, Cessna, Bell, Sikorsky, MBB, Beechcraft, de Havilland, LearJet and Raytheon.
Skyline Helicopters was initially established in 1996 with the purchase of their first Bell 212 Helicopter. Since then, they have expanded their fleet to include four Bell 212HP aircraft, and one Agusta A119Ke Koala, which they operate from their main base in Kelowna, BC and a satellite base in Terrace, BC. Skyline’s objective is to provide extremely safe, yet highly efficient services to their clients through innovation, training and technology.
Skyline has specialized in vertical reference long line mountain operations for over 18 years, with a strong focus on the oil and gas sectors, forestry sectors and heli-skiing. Their flight crews bring with them a broad range of high altitude mountain flying experience in challenging environments, and are recognized throughout the industry for their expertise.