Pratt & Whitney Canada Adding FAST Engine Diagnostic For Helicopters

 - March 4, 2013, 4:50 PM

Pratt & Whitney Canada (Booth No. 3718) plans to offer its flight data acquisition storage and transmission system (FAST) for helicopter engines. In addition, it has launched an automatic power assurance check project to run on the system. A power assurance check is a test run to determine the way the engine performance compares with its output when it was new.

The FAST engine diagnostic tool measures the engine’s performance parameters and automatically calculates the power assurance check. It then makes the information available to the pilot. When the engine is shut down, the data (relating to the entire flight, not only the power assurance check) is sent wirelessly to an analysis center for trending. Customers can choose how they wish to be notified of the performance data. So far, FAST was only available on some fixed-wing aircraft powered by P&WC engines.

“Because FAST integrates all performance metrics into a single hardware and software solution, it has considerable appeal in the helicopter industry,” said Raffaele Virgili, P&WC v-p for customer service. FAST will eliminate the need for manual power assurance checks and manual data downloads. It provides data acquisition to automated and data analyst-triggered event alerts, monthly reports or Web access to the data and analysis.