Maintain helicopter health with HUMS

Feb. 22, 2022
Utilizing an array of sensors throughout the aircraft, HUMS can alert operators to potential damage, saving patience teams time and money in the process, Walker Jaroch reports for AviationPros.

FORT ATKINSON, Wis., - Like the human nervous system, a Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) allows a helicopter operator to get a feel for what is going on inside the body of their aircraft without opening it up, Walker Jaroch reports for AviationPros.

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“HUMS is a system that monitors the mechanical systems on an aircraft and can proactively identify damaged parts. HUMS systems can identify damaged parts by vibrational signatures and can also assess how quickly damage progresses. Using pre-determined thresholds, the system can detect damaged parts before they become a critical failure,” explained Kevin Hawko, associate director, Vehicle Health Business Development, Collins Aerospace.

A more advanced HUMS can synchronize health data with aircraft and engine operational parameters to allow fleet users to better understand when and how component damage occurs.

HUMS has numerous benefits for helicopter operators and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facilities, detailed Eric Bechhoefer, CEO and chief engineer, GPMS.

“A modern HUMS like Foresight MX goes beyond simply collecting and recording data. It provides comprehensive condition monitoring and provides visibility into the material condition of components on the aircraft, without invasive inspections, and allows us to project and predict the remaining useful life of a component,” he said.

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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
Intelligent Aerospace

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