A Gulf Helicopters AW139. (GH photo)
Gulf Helicopters Company (GHC) has selected SKYTRAC real-time connectivity to drive efficiency in their Leonardo AW139 and AW189 health and usage monitoring systems (HUMS) and flight data monitoring (FDM) programs.
The system is currently being deployed on the first Gulf AW139 with an agreement to roll out the program across a fleet of 19 AW139 and five AW 189 aircraft.
"HUMS and FDM are vital safety programs that can help catch, communicate and resolve emerging safety issues before they escalate,” said Gulf Helicopters Chief Executive Mohamed Al Mohannadi in a prepared statement. “The SKYTRAC real-time connectivity solution will allow us to identify issues as they are detected even while the aircraft is still in flight. It will also streamline our processes so we can conduct in depth investigations as efficiently as possible. For Gulf, implementing this solution demonstrates our commitment to leading the way in safety innovation and to providing best-in-class service to our clients.”
SKYTRAC's real-time connectivity solution uses a lightweight hardware package combined with manufacturer analytics to monitor for safety or maintenance anomalies in flight. When an issue is detected, detailed real-time information is forwarded automatically to the ground. Full flight logs including multiple hours of data are also made easily accessible post flight.
"SKYTRAC Real-Time connectivity is about delivering the best quality flight data to the right people on the ground as quickly and efficiently as possible,” said SKYTRAC Vice President of Sales Jan van der Heul. “The result is a tool to assist with improved scheduling, improved turnaround and greater safety oversight.”