5-Apr-2021 Source: GPMS
GPMS announced it has received an FAA Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for its Foresight MX health monitoring system on the Bell 212/412 helicopter platform.
Foresight MX brings 21s century predictive monitoring capabilities to the 212/412 platform.
Said GPMS CEO and Chief Engineer Dr. Eric Bechhoefer: “There are thousands of 212/412 helicopters in operation today when you look at the commercial and military variants out there and only a small fraction have onboard HFDM, let alone a combined HFDM plus HUMS solution. This STC furthers our mission to provide a cost-effective, integrated flight and health monitoring solution for light and medium aircraft.”
Foresight MX is a next generation helicopter health monitoring system. Providing predictive Engine and Drivetrain Monitoring with remaining useful life estimates on all monitored components, Rotor Track and Balance, and Flight Data Monitoring with exceedance alerting, the system helps maximize readiness, lower maintenance costs, and enhance safety.
Foresight MX breaks from legacy solutions by fitting the weight and budget constraints of all operators. On the Bell 212/412 the Foresight kit has an STC weight of 7.41 pounds and cable weight of 7 pounds. The system is sold on a HUMS-as-a-Service model to lower upfront cost and ensure affordability.
Foresight MX is one of only two FAA certified HUMS systems actively sold on the H4SW Type Certificate.
The STC was done in partnership with Alaska-based Pathfinder Aviation which is also the launch customer on the platform. The installation was performed at Oregon-based Precision Support Services, LLC, a FAA Part 145 repair facility.
Rogan Parker, CEO of Pathfinder Aviation, said “We are seeing more and more of our end customers demanding safety enhancing technology and selecting operators who invest to keep their aircraft current. Foresight MX will give us a leg up in a competitive market and — given its predictive capability — we believe it will also help us speed and streamline our maintenance process.”
Precision Support Services will join GPMS’s network of certified installation partners. Grayson Barrows, General Manager of Precision said, “The Foresight MX kit is well designed for ease of installation and we’re pleased to provide this service for operators seeking to put HUMS on board.”
Barrows added: “We also think Foresight will help us collaborate with our customers: If they see a trending bearing, for example, they can give us access, we can troubleshoot and develop a plan with the operator without having to even leave our facility – resulting in saving everyone time and money!”