HFDM is a ground-station based system that is used to play back flight data to assess how the aircraft is flown and operated. Flight data is recorded by the Goodrich Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) on the S-92 and by the EXVP HUMS on the S-76.
"The lessons learned from these reviews can be fed back into the operator's training process. The system's data collection and analysis capabilities augment the aircraft's existing HUMS system and also can help with the troubleshooting of aircraft operational issues," said Marc Poland, Sikorsky Vice President, Commercial Programs. "We see this as an important addition to the level of support that Sikorsky can offer to our operators. This is one more addition to our continuing safety initiatives."
Sikorsky selected Flightscape after thoroughly reviewing flight data analysis systems available in the marketplace, said Eric Hansen, Sikorsky S-76 Program Manager.
"Sikorsky was particularly impressed with Flightscape software's ease of use, support of flight data recorder systems, flexibility to view and analyze flight data as well as its ability to be customized for a specific operator's preferences. The ability to play back a flight with three-dimensional animation while viewing certain key parameters and automatically flagging maneuvers of concern make this a very powerful tool," Hansen said.
Sikorsky's new commercial aircraft Flight Management Operations Center will support the HFDM solution. Sikorsky and Flightscape will develop the S-76 and S-92 operational event sets and associated algorithms during the coming months to flag certain operating regimes and highlight these areas of concern upon playback.
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