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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

GE Launches Web-Based HUMS

GE Aviation introduced on Friday a Web-based health and usage monitoring system (HUMS) utilizing GE Advanced Anomaly Detection (AAD) technology. The system is introduced with AgustaWestland on the AW139.

"This application of our Advanced Anomaly Detection technology brings about one of the most significant changes in HUMS effectiveness in the last 20 years," said Chris Beaufait, president of Avionics for GE Aviation Systems. "Operators are able to monitor fleet trending and detect anomalies earlier and with greater confidence as this technology provides higher fidelity interpretation of all data."

The AW139 HUMS Web Services package features dedicated data transmission software and Website as well as the AAD technology. The data transmission software allows a quicker 24/7 Web link between the customer base and the central data repository, which is automatically updated. The helicopter health status can be updated wherever internet access is available, according to GE.

"The advanced anomaly detection technology provides a simple set of indicators for the operator's technical staff, enabling more efficient data analysis," said Marco Sala, AgustaWestland senior vice president customer support & services Italy. "This allows easier and more efficient maintenance activities on AW139 transmission components, in addition to reduced workload and increased fleet operational effectiveness."

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