Feasibility Study of a Rotorcraft Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS): Results of Operator's Evaluation.
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PETROLEUM HELICOPTERS INC LAFAYETTE LA
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The objective of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of a state-of-the-art health and usage monitoring system HUMS to provide monitoring of critical mechanical systems on the helicopter, including motors, drive train, engines and life-limited components. The implementation of HUMS and cost integration with current maintenance procedures was assessed from the operators viewpoint in order to achieve expected benefits from these systems, such as enhanced safety, reduced maintenance cost and increased availability. An operational HUMS was used as a basis for this study that was installed and operated under an independent flight trial program. The HUMS equipment and software were commercially available.
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods