February 1, 2024 By Helicopters Staff
GPMS International received a fleet order from PJ Helicopters for the Foresight MX HUMS solution, describing the order a major milestone in the integration of HUMS into the utility helicopter market.
“Foresight’s predictive analytics, easy-to-use interface, and multi-OEM capability makes it the perfect solution for our mixed fleet operations,” said Justin Gunsauls, Vice President and Director of Maintenance at PJ Helicopters.
PJ Helicopters utilizes its fleet of MD 530Fs, Bell 407s, Bell 429s, UH-60s, and CH-47s to perform a variety of utility, power line, and firefighting operations throughout the United States. With Foresight MX’s cloud capability, PJ monitors the health of their remote aircraft and receive SMS and email notifications of any exceedances or negative trends after every flight.
GPMS explains, that long promoted by leading safety organizations like the Vertical Aviation Safety Team (VAST) and the US Helicopter Safety Team (USHST), HUMS and FDM interest and integration into the utility space has been growing rapidly driven by new contract requirements. In the new US Forest Service MATOC, GPMS states task order awards and preferences are given to “modern helicopter” operators, which includes HUMS as a minimum aircraft requirement.
“We are honoured by the trust a globally recognized operator like PJ Helicopters is placing on our product and our team,” said Ronnie Ries, Vice President of Marketing at GPMS. “With PJ’s help, we continue to learn how to better serve utility operators, and as a member of our Customer Advisory Board, they’re providing us key guidance into our product and services roadmap.
Foresight MX is described by GPMS as an all-in-one solution with predictive HUMS, engine monitoring, flight data monitoring, and rotor track and balance capabilities. “Based on inputs from our Customer Advisory Board, we’re not only completing several STCs right now, but we’re also pursuing new integrations, improvements, and reporting capabilities,” said Ries. “It’s an exciting time at GPMS and we’re proud to be working with customers like PJ to bring these capabilities to the market.”