The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) recently ordered five AKV cycle-counter systems from Dart Helicopter Services for installation on its five Bell UH-1 firefighting and utility helicopters.
According to the DNRC, installation of AKV engine cycle counters and integrated software will enable the agency to monitor flight operations more accurately andfacilitate more efficient and effective scheduled maintenance and overhaul.
“We requested that the counters include a custom feature to count both the rotor retirement index number and the takeoffs and landings, along with the standard engine cycles,” said Ed Martin, DNRC’s aircraft maintenance supervisor.
“This will take care of our complete cycle-counting needs on the UH-1H, simplifying the cycle event tracking and reducing operating costs.”
Jonathan Gunn, AKV president, said the company has in the certification process a new health and usage monitoring system that will include both exceedance trend and vibration monitoring. “It will offer optional satellite connectivity to existing rotorcraft GPS tracking systems to transmit any exceedance data immediately to maintenance facilities.”