Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced that its onboard Zing Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) 1134 has received FAA approval for the Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for installation on AW139 helicopters. This STC, developed in partnership with Air Concepts International, will enable current and new production AW139 operators to select Honeywell's Zing HUMS 1134 system at a lower cost.
What is HUMS?
Honeywell's Zing HUMS solutions are sensor-based monitoring systems that continuously monitor aircraft flight data and vibration at numerous points throughout the drivetrain, determine component health and pinpoint anomalies before they become catastrophic failures. Honeywell HUMS solutions provide helicopter operators with actionable information that enables them to anticipate mechanical failures, make anticipatory maintenance decisions and act only when maintenance is actually necessary — on-condition maintenance rather than at predefined intervals. On-condition maintenance allows maintenance personnel to do only the appropriate repairs, minimizing spare parts cost, system downtime and time spent on maintenance.
Standard Features of Zing HUMS 1134
Additional Options Available for Zing HUMS 1134
A Honeywell Service Level Agreement is available for data analysis, data archiving and storage on an iMDS Web server that seamlessly integrates with PC-GBS software, providing the following:
Brian Sill, vice president, Defense & Space Americas Aftermarket, Honeywell
"Some of our customers have reported 15–20 percent savings in part replacement costs, 5–10 percent reductions in maintenance man hours and reduced check flights for first-time rotor track and balance. Platform readiness has improved by 5–8 percent, which equates to one additional 'ready' aircraft per 20 aircraft in operation. We believe that the Zing HUMS 1134 onboard system will be an excellent option for all AW139 operators, particularly those supporting the oil and gas industry and VIP and corporate operations."
Source: Honeywell International, Inc. (NYSE: HON)
Date: Mar 8, 2013