Green Power Monitoring Systems (GPMS) has received STC certification for its Foresight MX prognostic health and usage monitoring system (HUMS) on the Bell 407GX and 407GXP helicopters. Follow-on certifications are expected shortly for other variants of the Bell 407.
Foresight MX HUMS for the Bell 407GX/GXP is available exclusively through Bell’s Aeronautical Accessories unit. The system provides concise information about current mechanical and operational issues, as well as predictive information on timeframes for upcoming required maintenance. It weighs less than nine pounds, including all hardware, cable, and mounting components, and is Part 135 compliant for air medical use.
System capabilities include mechanical diagnostics and prognostics; engine performance monitoring; exceedance monitoring; flight regime recognition; automated data acquisition; and automated, optimized solutions for rotor, track, and balance. The HUMS also provides automatic alerting through email and SMS and a user interface accessible through a standard web browser on a laptop, desktop, tablet, or cellphone.
“The health and usage monitoring system in aviation is a critical component in the safety, ROI, and lifespan of equipment,” said GPMS CEO Dr. Eric Bechhoefer. “Foresight catapults the HUMS solution into the 21st century, meeting the necessary requirements around weight, cost, and simplicity.”