GPMS CEO and Chief Engineer Dr Eric Bechhoefer said: “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 flight data monitoring (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.”
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.”
What is a HUMS?
Foresight MX is a 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 seven 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.
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