Posted by John McHale
EL SEGUNDO, Calif., 22 Oct 2010. Teledyne Controls announced that Boeing will use Teledyne's Digital Flight Data Acquisition Unit (DFDAU) as a key component in Boeing's airplane health management (AHM) system for the Next‑Generation 737 aircraft. Teledyne's DFDAU, which combines the functions of mandatory data acquisition and recording with a sophisticated aircraft condition monitoring system (ACMS), is hosting a set of custom ACMS applications designed to acquire and output data into Boeing's ground analysis tools, providing 737 operators with an advanced solution for proactive maintenance and enhanced operations. "Working together with Teledyne will provide enhanced connectivity to airplane systems, and will advance AHM for Next-Generation 737 customers," says John Maggiore, program manager, Airplane Health Management, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "This is a key focus area for expanding the AHM customer base." Until now, Boeing's AHM offering had focused on aircraft equipped with a Central Maintenance Computer (CMC) to provide critical fault data to the Boeing AHM ground station over the aircraft's data link. Teledyne's DFDAU, with its embedded ACMS, will perform the CMC function, by feeding data to Boeing's AHM diagnostic, prognostic, and trending algorithms. Operators participating in the Boeing AHM program have access to their data analysis results through Boeing's web portal www.MyBoeingFleet.com. They can review actionable information that may yield significant operational performance improvements, as well as operator profitability. The information ranges from specifics about an individual aircraft to an entire fleet and further expands to statistical data that can be sorted by aircraft types. The health information available consists of fault reporting, troubleshooting recommendations and the effectiveness of remedial actions based on comparing historical evidence.