British Airways is to enhance the existing
Boeing Airplane Health Management (AHM) system that is operating
on its more than 100 Boeing 777s and 747-400s.
The AHM system on
the British Airways twin-aisle Boeing fleet will include the
Custom Alerting and Analysis module in addition to the Real-Time
Monitoring module that the airline initiated earlier this year.
British Airways' future
deliveries also will be monitored via the two AHM modules.
The Custom Alerting and Analysis module allows the airline to use
even more advanced methods to control the monitoring and alerting
that it receives concerning the health and status of various
Data collected includes tire pressure, oxygen
pressure, hydraulic fluid and oil levels in the engines and
auxiliary power unit. This detailed information helps the airline
to identify consumption trends to facilitate maintenance planning
and determine the most appropriate service intervals.
information also supplements British Airways' ability to track
in-flight faults and make real-time operational decisions
regarding maintenance, in order to deploy the necessary people,
parts and equipment to address the issue before the airplane
arrives at the gate - a capability provided by the AHM Real-Time
"We've found that AHM Real-Time monitoring has been highly
beneficial to our maintenance programs by allowing enhanced
planning and positioning of our people and materials, so much so
that I track the status of our fleet and even individual airplanes
on my iPad through MyBoeingFleet," said Garry Copeland,
engineering director, British Airways. "The addition of Custom
Alerting will provide even greater visibility into the maintenance
requirements of our fleet."
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