Spectro | Jet-Care, the trusted and independent laboratory of choice for condition monitoring services to the aviation industry, today announced the signing of a contract with Air Methods, the leading air medical services provider, to provide a comprehensive fluid and debris analysis programme for their fleet of more than 450 helicopters.
Through the contract, Spectro | Jet-Care will implement and manage a proactive analysis programme for the Air Methods fleet, which operates across 300 locations in 48 states. The service provision will predominantly be to analyse oil and chip samples from engines and gearboxes but also support the analysis of filter, fuel and hydraulic fluid when required. The data and results generated will be available to Air Methods via the Spectro | Jet-Care online portal, webECHO™, providing access to a complete history of the data and results for the entire fleet at any time of the day or night.
“Having worked with the Spectro | Jet-Care team for the last 12 years, we have come to rely on their quality of service, expert analysis and expedient turnaround of our samples”, said Troy Atkinson, Director of Aircraft Cost Management at Air Methods. “The valuable data we receive allows us to proactively manage our fleet and improve reliability and ultimately ensures that we continue to provide our patients with an exemplary service by reducing unscheduled ground time.”
“We have been providing vital analysis services to the helicopter market since 1976 and have worked with Air Methods since 2007”, said Alan Baker, International Sales & Marketing Manager at Spectro | Jet-Care. “We understand the challenging environments in which the Air Methods teams work and the critical nature of the operation of their fleet. Our fast sample turnaround, experienced technical teams and 24/7 availability for AOG samples, allows us to provide a first class analysis service with added peace of mind that their fleet is in safe hands”.
The service is recognised globally with Spectro | Jet-Care known as the ‘go to’ laboratory for the aviation industry. In addition, the quality analysis programs are underpinned by many approvals or preferred supplier status held from major engine, airframe and gearbox manufacturers; these include Safran Helicopter Engines, Pratt & Whitney Canada, Honeywell Aerospace, Leonardo Helicopters, Airbus Helicopters and ZF Gearboxes, providing further validation of the Company’s commitment to the helicopter world. Finally, all three laboratories, located in the USA, UK and Switzerland, provide full equipment redundancy to ensure continuation of service as well as maintaining the highest possible quality standards, through the latest accreditation of ISO/IEC 17025:2017.
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