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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Turbomeca Gives Operators a Boost

Range of online engine support services, developed with IBM, available in 2013.

By Andrew Parker, Editor-in-Chief

Safran Group subsidiary Turbomeca plans to establish a series of online services to help operators streamline maintenance, trend monitoring and other engine support tasks. Known as Bank of Online Service and Technologies (Boost), the service—part of a major Safran effort—is being developed in partnership with IBM.

Bruno Even, executive VP of operations for Turbomeca, introduces Boost at Heli-Expo.

During a press conference at Heli-Expo in February, Turbomeca Chairman and CEO Olivier Andries described Boost as “a complete online service with an electronic engine notebook, meaning that you should be able to get rid of a lot of paper, but boost will also provide engine monitoring services as well as configuration management, overall fleet management and maintenance planning tools.” Andries went to explain that Boost is a “complete offering,” adding that “operators will be able to pick up the value-added devices they would like to have, because it will be modular and—depending on their need—they can take the overall spectrum of services or only a part of it.”

During a presentation to operators at Turbomeca’s booth, Bruno Even, executive vice president of operators, said that Boost is “a range of advanced engine maintenance services that connect an interface with your existing system. The Boost services are organized into three universes—operations/airworthiness, expertise/analysis and maintenance/logistics.” Boost will give operators access to electronic logbooks, web-based technical publications and a range of maintenance support tools to help centralize fleet management, he continued. Even noted that the “highly secure and compatible platform” will be available in 2013. He concluded that Boost is designed to bring “more safety and more security to your activities and data.”
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Papillon Airways inked a support-by-the-hour agreement with Turbomeca that initially covers six Arriel 2Ds that will power the Eurocopter EC130T2. Left to right, Turbomeca USA President & CEO Russ Spray, Turbomeca Chairman & CEO Olivier Andries and Papillon Executive Vice President Lon Halvorson during a press conference on February 12.
 

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