Honeywell Receives Certification To Keep Helicopters Connected And Mission-Ready For Operators
DALLAS, March 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Honeywell (NYSE: HON) has received Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) — issued by a governmental agency for approval to modify an aircraft from its original design — for its connectivity and condition-based maintenance products for a variety of helicopters. The new certification enables Honeywell's Aspire 200 satellite communications system and Honeywell Health and Usage Monitoring Systems to be used globally. These offerings will help helicopter operators around the world throughout a variety of missions, including search and rescue, oil and gas, air ambulance, and law enforcement.
"Helicopter operators need to be able to depend on their aircraft to keep them and others safe," said Tom Neumann, vice president, Operations, BendixKing. "These Supplemental Type Certificates allow pilots to stay connected with maintenance, operations and other personnel on the ground at all times. Pilots also avoid groundings and reduce costs by using predictive maintenance diagnostics and alerts with Honeywell Health and Usage Monitoring Systems and Vibration Expert, an onboard maintenance vibration system that detects potential issues before they affect the aircraft. This is especially important when someone's life is on the line, as is often the case in search and rescue or ambulance missions."
The Aspire 200 system for helicopters brings broadband speeds to the cabin while reducing the impact of rotor wash on the satellite signal, which is a first for the industry. Before Aspire 200, helicopter operators experienced unreliable connectivity because the rotor blades disrupted satellite signals. The Aspire 200 system provides cabin voice and data services through Inmarsat's SwiftBroadband satellite system and is now certified for installation on the Augusta AW139. STCs are in development for the Sikorsky S-92, AS332 Super Puma, Airbus AS350, and Sikorsky Blackhawk platforms to provide operators with consistent and reliable broadband connectivity.
Honeywell's Health and Usage Monitoring Systems (HUMS) and Vibration Expert (VXP) have been issued certifications for multiple helicopters by the FAA, EASA and the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) of Brazil, which will allow maintainers to have onboard, sensor-based monitoring systems to measure the health and performance of helicopter components. Honeywell's VXP solutions continuously monitor aircraft vibration data to determine component issues before they fail and have one of the most proven track records among the maintenance vibration products available.
Operators using condition-based maintenance systems have experienced results such as a 4 to 5 percent increase in helicopter availability, 30 percent reduction in mission aborts, 20 percent reduction in maintenance test flights, and 5 to 10 percent reduction in scheduled maintenance costs.
Below are the helicopter platforms listed by STC:
Aspire 200 satellite communications system
- Leonardo AW139
- In progress:
- Sikorsky S-92
- AS332 Super Puma
- Airbus AS350
- Sikorsky S-76C+/++
- Leonardo AW139
- Sikorsky Blackhawk
- Airbus EC145
- Airbus AS350 (pending FAA approval)
- Bell 206
- Airbus EC135
- Airbus EC145
Honeywell Health and Usage Monitoring Systems
Honeywell VXP Health and Usage Monitoring Systems
Brazilian ANAC STC for Honeywell VXP Health and Usage Monitoring Systems