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GPMS Announces Predictive Health and Usage Monitoring System Foresight MX STC for Bell 212/412 Helicopter


GPMS recently announced it received an FAA supplemental type certification (STC) for its Foresight MX health monitoring system on the Bell 212/412 helicopter platform.


Foresight MX brings 21st Century predictive monitoring capabilities to the 212/412 platform. GPMS CEO and Chief Engineer Eric Bechhoefer said, “There are thousands of 212/412 helicopters in operation today when you look at the commercial and military variants out there, and only a small fraction have onboard HFDM, let alone a combined HFDM plus HUMS solution. This STC furthers our mission to provide a cost-effective, integrated flight and health monitoring solution for light and medium aircraft.”


Foresight MX is a next-generation helicopter health monitoring system. Providing predictive engine and drivetrain monitoring with remaining useful life estimates on all monitored components, rotor track and balance, and flight data monitoring


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The number of helicopter noise complaints filed by New York City residents in 2020, doubling the total for 2019. The increase has spurred a new push to ban nonessential flights over the city, as the Helicopter Safety Act is considered by the U.S. Congress. It’s intended to reduce helicopter traffic and noise pollution.


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with exceedance alerting, the system helps maximize readiness, lower maintenance costs, and enhance safety.


Foresight MX breaks from legacy solutions by fitting the weight and budget constraints of all operators. On the Bell 212/412, the Foresight kit has an STC weight of 7.41 pounds and cable weight of 7 pounds. The system is sold on a HUMS-as-a-service model to lower up-front cost and ensure affordability.


Foresight MX is one of only two FAA certified HUMS systems actively sold on the H4SW type certificate.


The STC was done in partnership with Alaska-based Pathfinder Aviation, which is also the launch customer on the platform. The installation was performed at Oregon-based Precision Support Services LLC, an FAA Part 145 repair facility.


Rogan Parker, CEO of Pathfinder Aviation, said, “We are seeing more and more of our end customers demanding safety- enhancing technology and selecting operators who invest to keep their aircraft current. Foresight MX will give us a leg up


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The annual year of the Airborne Public Safety Association’s Conference and Expo (APSCON 2021) scheduled this year for July 28-30. Rotorcraft Pro plans to celebrate at the golden anniversary with printed trade-show distribution of our May- June issue!


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The percent decrease in 2020 total helicopter billings compared to 2019, according to GAMA.


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