GE Aviation, AT&T enable aircraft monitoring with IoT system
AT&T’s IoT solutions connect the Aircraft Health and Trend Monitoring System (AHTMS)
GE Aviation and AT&T’s internet of things (IoT) solutions group are connecting the onboard and off-board portions of the Aircraft Health and Trend Monitoring System (AHTMS) on the Gulfstream G500, G600, G650 and G650ER business jets, the two companies said this week during the Paris Air Show.
The AHTMS continuously acquires aircraft performance data to help identify problems before they occur and to assist in troubleshooting difficult to diagnose issues.
When the aircraft lands, AT&T Control Center and AT&T Global SIM services connect to the AHTMS. If the customer chooses, Gulfstream Technical Operations can have access to the data to further improve product support, the companies said. If the customer subscribes to the additional support, the system can:
- Enable fleet-wide comparison and trending as issues arise;
- Support specialists by enabling data queries;
- Send time-stamped data to a MyGulfstream.com web portal dedicated to that aircraft;
- Enable transient issue visibility providing fault resolution;
- Present data to each operator in a prioritized and organized manner including aircraft usage data, fuel consumption, pressure readings, temperatures, and aircraft operations data;
- Benefits of constantly monitoring plane performance can be seen in the air and on the ground.
The AHTMS monitoring system helps speed diagnostics and gives more time for notice and scheduling and performing maintenance. Early detection helps maintenance and reduces downtime, keeping the aircraft in service, GE Aviation said.
“Our focus is to help our customers and the overall industry to be more efficient,” said Darin DiTommaso, vice president of Digital Services and Solutions for GE Aviation. “This system improves an already great track record at Gulfstream. The beautiful part about the system is that it will continue to grow and respond as the needs of each fleet change throughout their lifecycle.”
“IoT solutions have the potential to significantly transform the operational efficiency of nearly any industry,” said Chris Penrose, President, Internet of Things Solutions, AT&T. “It’s exciting to see that our solution with GE Aviation is giving them actionable insights into the performance and health of their planes.”