Posted on: 11 April 2019 by Kimberley Young
Airbus has launched the first operations of a new Skywise service – Skywise Health Monitoring (SHM) with Allegiant Air on its A320 fleet.
Skywise Health Monitoring is hosted on Skywise, coupled with Skywise Reliability Services (SRS) and Skywise Predictive Management (SPM) it gathers live diagnostic feeds from the aircraft through its ACARS (Aircraft Communication Addressing and Reporting System) link to the airline’s information system.
Using the Skywise aviation data platform, SHM collates and centralises the alerts, flight-deck effects and maintenance messages and prioritises them, correlates any faults with the relevant troubleshooting procedures, highlights operational impacts, provides the maintenance history of the system (from the logbook and Maintenance Information System collected through Skywise Core and stored in the data lake) allowing effective tracking of the alerts.
When fully deployed, and following the in-service feedback from Allegiant Air and other early adopters the OEM said SHM will support airlines’ Maintenance Control Centers, Line Maintenance and Engineering departments in identifying, prioritising, analysing and handling in-service events to enable quicker decision-making and preparation of the optimal solution to ensure aircraft on-time dispatch and minimising AOG risks.
Airbus says SHM saves airlines time and decreases the cost of unscheduled maintenance. SHM is natively interfaced with SPM and SRS to provide an integrated user experience and also ready to harness the new on-board Flight Operations and Maintenance Exchanger (FOMAX) data router which can capture over 20,000 real-time aircraft parameters. Airbus added in a statement: “SHM enables end-to-end unscheduled event management/fixes, for example by anticipating tools and parts’ availability closest to the aircraft.”
The OEM said more early adopters will be joining in the coming months to pilot SHM for other Airbus aircraft including the A330, A350 and A380.