Honeywell (NYSE: HON) and Marenco Swisshelicopter have signed a memorandum of understanding under which Honeywell intends to provide Marenco with an innovative maintenance support arrangement exploiting health and usage monitoring systems to extend the lifecycle of the Marenco SKYe SH09 helicopter. Honeywell’s maintenance system will help operators detect and predict potential mechanical problems before they occur, keeping fleets mission ready.
The system, also known as HUMS, uses sensors on moving components — like the engine and rotor blade — to track the health of the helicopter by collecting and analyzing real-time data. Using this style of predictive condition-based maintenance means operators can reduce unscheduled downtime and predict repairs before they reach the stage where the helicopter can no longer fly. Honeywell has already provided Marenco with a full HUMS system to be installed on its second Prototype SKYe SH09 helicopter to calibrate and optimize sensor positions to maximize the in-service predictive maintenance opportunities.
In October 2015, Honeywell signed a contract to supply its next-generation HTS900 engine to power the Marenco SKYe SH09 helicopter, which would benefit from the maintenance support agreement. The engine, which generates strong performance at high altitudes and in hot temperatures while reducing emissions and pilot workload, gives operators better performance and efficiency for a lower cost of ownership.
Visit Honeywell Aerospace during HAI Heli-Expo 2016at booth #4945 to learn more about HUMS for helicopters.