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Published on : Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Bombardier announced today that it has teamed up with Pratt & Whitney to develop and implement a data management service for the CSeries aircraft – part of the overall Bombardier Aircraft Health Management System (AHMS) capable of transmitting real-time and recorded data from the aircraft. The AHMS will facilitate remote troubleshooting and deliver efficient and accurate diagnostics for use by maintenance and flight crews.
Under this agreement, Pratt & Whitney’s eFAST system will be the infrastructure unit used to perform data transmissions from the CSeries aircraft’s on-board Health Management Unit (HMU) to the ground. Along with Bombardier, they will make up the data acquisition structure which will automatically download, process and store data that will be available for upload to respective customer portals.
“We’re thrilled that this technology has evolved to the next level,” said Graham Webb, Vice President, Pratt & Whitney Commercial Engines. “CSeries operators will be able to immediately review the performance of their aircraft, allowing them to make smarter business decisions related to their PurePower® engine fleet. This is truly revolutionary and will enable operators to maximize their fleet performance, while optimizing their maintenance and reliability expenditures.”
“We congratulate the teams at Pratt & Whitney and Bombardier that together have developed a service that will provide real-time monitoring of all critical aircraft systems for use in optimizing flight operations and lowering maintenance costs,” said Rob Dewar, Vice President, CSeries Program, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “This state-of-the-art tool, which was specifically designed for the CSeries aircraft, has the power to change how airline maintenance crews manage their activities, resulting in fewer mechanical delays and superior dispatch reliability.”
“The AHMS’ advanced diagnostic capabilities will be key components to Bombardier’s entry-into-service and start-up strategies that will support our CSeries aircraft operators,” said Todd Young, Vice President, Customer Services, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “Customers are excited about this system because they see the long-term benefits it will provide their operations throughout the entire product lifecycle.”
Pratt & Whitney is also the supplier for the CSeries aircraft’s PurePower Geared Turbofan™ engines.