GPMS, which develops helicopter predictive analytics, received a Supplemental Type Certificate from Transport Canada Civil Aviation for its Foresight MX Health & Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) solution on the Airbus H125 helicopter.
The certificate was based on a prior Federal Aviation Administration STC and covers the installation of Foresight MX on the Airbus H125/AS350 B3 platform.
“With this STC, H125 operators in Canada like East West Helicopter/Panterra Heli Support will be able to adopt Foresight MX on their fleet and begin to maximize aircraft readiness, lower maintenance costs, and enhance safety in their operations,” said Jed Kalkstein, President, GPMS.
East West Helicopter completed the initial installation with support from its associated Canadian company, Panterra Heli Support. Enabled by FAA and TCCA STCs, GPMS explains the company has partnered with NS AIR Leasing to futureproof its fleet of H125 series aircraft that will operate in both Canada and the United States.
“In Foresight MX, GPMS has created an advanced, lightweight HUMS solution that can be implemented across the helicopter industry,” said Patric Wells, President of East West Helicopter/Panterra Heli Support. “Owners, operators, and maintenance facilities can benefit from the insight and analysis provided by Foresight MX to reduce unscheduled maintenance events and increase aircraft availability.”
Kalkstein explains that East West Helicopters highlights the unique value that Foresight MX delivers to different aspects of the industry. “As a lessor, they see the value of Foresight MX providing insight into their fleet assets and can be confident knowing that their customers have state-of-the-art predictive health monitoring available around the clock, around the world,” he said.
GPMS already has STCs on a range of helicopter platforms including Airbus H125/AS350 B3, Bell 407 GX/GXP/GXi, Bell 429, Bell 412/212, and MD530. The company has also completed the system for the Mi- Series helicopters and expects further STC’s for the H135, the AS350 B2, Bell 206, analog Bell 407, and the Blackhawk in 2022.