Digital helicopter condition-monitoring on increase

More helicopter operators soon may realize greater maintenance benefits and safety enhancements as OEMs make further inroads into digital data acquisition and a new generation of health- and usage-monitoring systems (HUMS).

Using multiple sensors, HUMS check health and performance through continuous monitoring of such critical components as engines, tail rotors, transmissions and main gearboxes. Any generated actionable information will be the basis for making informed maintenance decisions and enabling condition-based service.

Josh Melin, Honeywell Aerospace’s senior product line manager for HUMS, explains that the market for line fit and retrofit has two segments.

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