GE Aerospace recently announced the testing of its next generation Rotor Analysis Diagnostic System (RADS). This program, which is designed for application to both civil and military sectors of the aviation industry, will help operators by replacing its existing RADS-AT (Advanced Technology) and RADS-AVA (Aviation Vibration Analyzer) with a more modern diagnostic solution.
GE Aviation is an industry giant, designing and manufacturing jet engines, aircraft components, and various systems for both commercial and military applications. When combined with its joint ventures, the company has installed more than 40,000 engines on commercial aircraft and 26,000 on military aircraft. In addition to these products, the company has a worldwide service network to enhance their offering, all while maintaining a commitment to creating more sustainable flight.
The company’s latest news involves its popular RADS-AT and RADS-AVA systems. By now, over 5,000 units have been supplied for use on a wide range of over 200 rotorcraft in both civil and military settings, including models like the Airbus H125 (Eurocopter AS350), the Bell 412, the Boeing CH-47, the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk, and the Leonardo AW139. The company claims that just one unit can support an entire fleet.
GE has begun testing and demonstrating an updated version of this system: the RADS-NG (Next Generation). This advanced system further evolves the 30 year-old product by offering a portable vibration diagnostics solution for operators. This system will be especially helpful in cases where permanent installation is not desirable or where existing systems need to be supplemented. The flexibility that comes with this system gives it a versatility that allows it to offer fixed-wing vibration tests for aircraft like the Lockheed C-130 Hercules.
This new system will provide many benefits for operators. As Steve Schoonveld, product director of Connected Aircraft for GE Aerospace, explains, “The upgraded Rotor Analysis Diagnostic System allows operators the ability to complete their rotor track and balance operations and diagnostics in fewer flights while significantly reducing flight and pilot time and saving fuel.”
Demonstrations for the new system have already begun, and GE hopes to begin deliveries in the fourth quarter of this year.
“The upgraded Rotor Analysis Diagnostic System allows operators the ability to complete their rotor track and balance operations and diagnostics in fewer flights while significantly reducing flight and pilot time and saving fuel.” – Steve Schoonveld, product director of Connected Aircraft at GE Aerospace (Photos: GE Aerospace)
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