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SKYTRAC, Leonardo and CHC Collaborate for Real-time Heliwise HUMS with Wireless Downloads

Monday, February 26, 2018


LAS VEGAS -- Following successful trials with CHC Helicopter in 2017, Leonardo is collaborating with SKYTRAC to implement a next-stage Real-Time Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) onboard the AW139. CHC continues to lead system implementation and testing.

The solution installs key data sets from Leonardo’s Heliwise HUMS analytics software on SKYTRAC’s ISAT-200A data acquisition unit and transceiver. Paired with real-time monitoring and a globally reliable satellite connection, operators are notified about issues as they arise during flight. A wireless file download process, including WiFi and 4G cellular connectivity, also sends complete HUMS data straight into the Heliwise software as soon as the aircraft arrives back at home base.

"Timely use of HUMS data is a proven way to effectively identify emerging technical issues or to continuously keep clear the helicopter for the next flight. However, in traditional HUMS systems, crucial information can remain hidden until maintenance staff physically retrieve a raw data file and submit it for analysis. Our solution simplifies and speeds the HUMS analysis process so the operator can troubleshoot faster and prepare for aircraft arrival. The result is improved aircraft availability, reduced turnaround time, improved scheduling and, ultimately, new tools for managing safer deployments," said Leonardo Helicopter VP Customer Support Giovanni Cecchelli.

"SKYTRAC will be acquiring and monitoring all HUMS parameters in real-time with the ISAT-200A. We are applying Heliwise analysis in real-time in the air and sending notifications to the ground to proactively alert stakeholders as soon as a threshold exceedance is detected. We also store the full data set and make this easily accessible post-flight," said SKYTRAC VP Sales Jan van der Heul.

"Simply put, this technology makes the HUMS data flow faster allowing us to streamline our operations and provide better, more efficient service to our customers. Having real-time alerts generated based on OEM source data ensures we’re working to highest active monitoring standard possible, helps us quickly address issues with the aircraft and maximize aircraft availability for our customers," said Dave Balevic, CHC Helicopter Senior Vice President, Engineering and Operations.

CHC will be launching the real-time Heliwise HUMS solution on its AW139 this summer while it will be going operational with the wireless data offloading starting March 2018.

HAI HeliExpo participants are invited to learn more about the SKYTRAC, Leonardo and CHC Helicopter solution at HeliExpo booth #2136, February 27-March 1 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Graphic showing Heliwise real time 4G/satellite/wifi configuration

Leonardo is among the top ten global players in Aerospace, Defence and Security and Italy’s main industrial company. As a single entity from January 2016, organised into seven business divisions (Helicopters; Aircraft; Aero-structures; Airborne & Space Systems; Land & Naval Defence Electronics; Defence Systems; Security & Information Systems), Leonardo operates in the most competitive international markets by leveraging its areas of technology and product leadership. Listed on the Milan Stock Exchange (LDO), at 31 December 2016 Leonardo recorded consolidated revenues of 12 billion Euros and has a significant industrial presence in Italy, the UK, the U.S. and Poland.

SKYTRAC is aviation’s full-service, data-driven solutions provider. Since 1986, SKYTRAC has pioneered the development, evolution and commercialization of flight following, flight data and communications technology. Today, with systems certified on over 900 airframes and an online data management portal that is the go-to tool for over 7,000 global users, SKYTRAC is truly the partner of choice for data-guided business insights. From performance trending and operations reporting to real-time asset tracking and situational awareness – SKYTRAC offers a one-stop response to meeting more of your company’s needs. For more information, go to www.skytrac.ca.

For 70 years, CHC Helicopter has provided safe, reliable, cost-effective helicopter service in some of the most remote and challenging environments around the world. With extensive experience transporting customers in the oil and gas industry, supporting search-and-rescue and EMS contracts, and providing maintenance, repair and overhaul services, our dedication to safety and reputation for quality and innovation help our customers reach beyond what they thought possible. Visit www.chcheli.com for information.


Jan Van der Heul
VP Sales, SKYTRAC Systems

Moreno Saporiti
Leonardo Helicopters
Hums Support Manager
+39 0331 915853

CHC Helicopter
Susan Stahl Gordon
CHC Helicopter
Global Communications