SITAONAIR to assist Rolls-Royce in engine health monitoring

Rolls-Royce has selected SITAONAIR’s AIRCOM FlightMessenger to collate and distribute engine health monitoring (EHM) data from its engines, which fly on over 6,000 aircraft and collectively operate for over 100 million hours per year.

As part of its 24/7 monitoring service, Rolls-Royce will use the EHM data distributed by FlightMessenger to anticipate any maintenance needs and maximise the operational life of its engines. Examples of uses in the low-fare and regional airline market are the AE2100 (Saab 2000), AE3007 (Embraer ERJ family), V2500 (Airbus A320 family and Boeing 717), Trent 700 (Airbus A330) and Trent 1000 (pictured, Boeing 787).

Rolls-Royce engines collect and analyse data during flight which is then transmitted to Rolls-Royce’s TotalCare Service Solutions division. Across the engine fleet this data amounts to thousands of messages per day. Rolls-Royce wanted a single system to receive and distribute these messages to its analytics and operations teams, so FlightMessenger was selected to meet this requirement.

“Operational engine data provides both specific details to enable us to anticipate any maintenance needs with individual engines, and information that allows us to track performance trends across all our engine types,” said Nick Ward, product manager, predictive equipment health management, Rolls-Royce.

“With over 400 airline and leasing customers with engines fitted on thousands of aircraft, we have to manage billions of onboard data points per flight,” Ward continued. “FlightMessenger gives us the ability to receive and distribute transmitted summaries of all that information in the most efficient way. We then apply our analytics and draw insights from this data to provide our customers with informed decisions that improve their operations.”

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