HAI Convention News

Jet-Care to test USCG engine oils

 - March 12, 2007, 12:59 PM

Jet-Care International of Cedar Knolls, N.J., and its sister company Spectro of the UK and Switzerland, have won multi-year contracts to analyze engine oil and debris. The companies are exhibiting in Heli-Expo Booth No. 709.

The U.S. Coast Guard awarded a contract lasting up to five years to Jet-Care for analysis of more than 200 Turbomeca Arriel 2C2CG engines in its fleet of HH-65 Dolphin helicopters. Jet-Care and the USCG first made the contract in November 2005. The new award extends this agreement for one year plus four one-year options. The USCG program relies on Jet-Care software called Echo (engine condition health online). The Echo software compiles data that Jet-Care sends to the client by e-mail. Jet-Care and the client review any trends suggested by the data and note the level of alert it may require. If an analysis raises imminent concern, any time of day or year, Jet-Care telephones its customers.

Spectro, the sister company of Jet-Care, announced that Eurocopter has selected it to provide oil analysis for its fleet of 9,500 helicopters in service, citing the confidence in its work expressed by Eurocopter’s Guilhem Malric, who leads the manufacturer’s laboratory in Marseilles, France. The selection by Eurocopter France follows earlier agreements with Eurocopter Mexico and Helicopters Italia.

Spectro and Jet-Care laboratories count among their clients major OEMs such as Honeywell, Turbomeca, Williams International and Pratt & Whitney, and helicopter clients such as CHC Scotia, Bristow, Bond Air Services and The Queen’s Flight.
With the new agreements, more than 40,000 engines in 80 countries are now monitored by Jet-Care and Spectro.

David Glass, CEO of Jet-Care and Spectro, said his companies were selected because they were able to identify potential engine concerns before they became expensive or could contribute to operational delays.