To achieve the STC, GPMS will work with Metro Aviation, an air medical transportation service in the US. GPMS’s Foresight MX system is an aircraft performance monitoring system that is much needed in the air medical transport industry.
“In the Helicopter Air Ambulance (HAA) sector, where operational reliability and safety are especially important, the data and insights provided by Foresight MX are critical,” said GPMS President Jed Kalkstein.
Milton Geltz, Managing Director at Metro Aviation, added: “We’ve been actively looking for a next-generation Health and Usage Monitoring system on the H135 and the GPMS team has done an impressive job creating an integrated package that automatically collects, offloads, and analyzes critical safety and maintenance data in a way that is unlike current HUMS systems.”
Benefitting from Metro Aviation’s experience
GPMS currently has STCs on a range of helicopter platforms including Bell 407 GX/GXP/GXi, Bell 429, Bell 412/212, and the Airbus H125/AS350 B3. Several of these platforms are used in HAA operations.
To pursue the STC on the H135, Kalkstein said the opportunity to work with Metro Aviation was an easy decision. “We wanted to work with the team from Metro Aviation on the STC because they are both a global completions leader of the H135 in the HAA space and a top-notch operator. We hope to tap into that experience as we adapt Foresight MX to the platform and develop the STC.”