Engine condition monitoring services company Jet-Care (Booth 539) announced at EBACE it has received in excess of 50,000 engine trend data sets via its iECHO GPA iPad app since introducing it at the 2011 NBAA convention. The app is a logical extension of pilots’ increasing use of iPads as electronic flight bags.
iECHO GPA enables pilots to gather data during steady state cruise and, once a connection is made, send the data directly to Jet-Care for processing and evaluation. Receiving the data on a flight-by-flight basis enables Jet-Care to notify the operator of any trend changes in a more timely manner than is possible when the data is received by periodic submission.
Jet-Care’s engine condition trend monitoring service by gas-path analysis (GPA) targets the detection of engine core deterioration and associated faults by continuously monitoring and trending the engine data. Significant changes to the trends are identified and a prompt alert sent to the operator. The results enable operators to identify problems before they become apparent and in turn save money through avoiding major overhauls and unplanned maintenance.
“With the launch of iECHO GPA we have been able to provide a much simpler and more effective way for our customers to submit data quickly and easily, without using paper trend sheets,” said Alan Baker, the Odiham, UK-based company’s sales and marketing manager. “The success of the app is evident, with more than 50,000 sets of data submitted and a continued increase in the number of operators moving from paper trend sheets to sending data by iECHO GPA."