Bombardier plans "most advanced" health monitoring for CSeries

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Bombardier is promising its CSeries will carry "one of the most advanced, if not the most advanced" real-time health monitoring systems to transmit data to and from airborne aircraft, from the single-aisle type's 2013 service entry.

According to CSeries programme director Sebastien Mullot, the system will go "way beyond" the current generation of ACARS systems, of the type that allowed Air France AF447 to transmit some data on its ill-fated flight from Rio to Paris in June 2009.

ACARS, he notes, is an expensive and limited tool for data transmision, so Bombardier is developing a system built around a satellite datalink.

Information will be transmitted to and from system vendors, including engine maintenance partners.

In addition to safety benefits, the system will play a role in helping to drive down direct maintenance costs of the CSeries. Bombardier predicts the 110/130-seat aircraft will cost 28% less to maintain than in-production competitors, including the Airbus A319, Boeing 737-600 and Embraer 195.