Canadian medical transport provider Ornge has received the first of 10 AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters equipped with GE Aviation's health and usage monitoring system (HUMS), which collects digital data from critical components using sensors measuring vibration, torque and temperature, for transmission via the web to a central server.

Anomaly detection technology is used to analyse the data gathered from the worldwide AW319 fleet. Ornge's new helicopters are being outfitted with medical interiors, and replace a 20- to 25-year-old fleet that relies on analogue gauges. In providing ground and air medical transport for the province of Ontario, Ornge's operations span an area of the size of France, Spain and the Netherlands combined. GE and AgustaWestland launched the web-based service for AW139s in April.

Source: Flight Daily News