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GPMS International, Inc. has received ODA approval to install Foresight MX on the Mi-family of helicopters. Foresight MX is the next generation GPMS Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) and the Mi Series Kit is suitable for Mi-8, Mi-17 and Mi-171 aircraft and variants. The company is already accepting orders for this complete helicopter performance monitoring system on the Mi platform.
âGPMS is committed to bringing advanced helicopter health monitoring to rotorcraft around the world,â said Jed Kalkstein, President of GPMS. âOur work on the Mi-series demonstrates that we can adapt our predictive and comprehensive Foresight MX HUMS to large global platforms. “
Engineering and certification work is carried out by GPMS in partnership with VTS Aviation, an American specialist in the Mi-helicopter family, and Avia-Grade, a Ukrainian avionics, aeronautical engineering and maintenance organization. The installation was carried out by Avia-Grade on its Mi-8 at the Motor Sich engine manufacturing and overhaul plant in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine.
The Mi-series of helicopters were originally designed in Russia and over 11,000 have been produced, making it one of the most popular platforms ever developed. Today the aircraft is produced by Russian Helicopters and models have evolved from the Mi-8 to the Mi-171. The planes fly in more than 80 countries carrying out humanitarian relief missions as well as a wide range of utility applications, including firefighting.
To date, few commercial or military health and usage monitoring systems have been adapted on older Mi Series helicopters, and current production models lack this avionics system. âThis capability was not available for Mi Series helicopters before and today’s operators and their customers demand monitoring of mechanical systems and flight data to ensure safety, availability and optimization of active, âcontinued Kalkstein. âForesight MX delivers this with a modern, lightweight kit. “
For Mi Series helicopters, the aftermarket Foresight MX Kit weighs less than seven kilograms, not including the sensor wire. Composed of 16 smart sensors equipped with a processor, three tachometers and an on-board control unit, the kit can be installed in around 140 hours. The certification package has been approved by the ODA in accordance with the requirements of the FAA Supplemental Type Certificate and is available for authorization by the local civil aviation authority.
The Mi-series kit is the data acquisition layer of the Foresight MX system of the GPMS. On board, the control unit organizes the acquisitions of trajectory and mechanical and rotor centering and gathers the flight parameters of the avionics. Once on the ground, Foresight automatically downloads this data wirelessly for processing. Operators can then access the Foresight MX app to examine the data from any browser-based device. Foresight MX on the Mid-Series provides engine and transmission machine condition monitoring on 37 shafts, 37 gears and 50 bearings; Flight data monitoring on more than 42 parameters as well as capture and exceedance alert; as well as Rotor Track and Balance with optimized solutions available after each flight.
According to Greg Vose of VTS Aviation, âThe Mi-family of helicopters has long been recognized as an exceptionally useful platform. Today we have operators – whether they are government entities interested in predictive maintenance or security-focused mining companies – asking us about advanced monitoring capabilities. Now they need that platform utility and ways to reduce the time spent on troubleshooting and rotor alignment and balancing. GPMS, which is quite simply the world leader in this category, has produced a lightweight and modern system that the market will respond to.
The aircraft equipped with the Foresight MX is expected to enter service to support the United Nations World Food Program’s humanitarian mission in Africa from early 2022.
This press release was prepared and distributed by GPMS International, Inc.