Boosting Agility and Efficiency
As a non-profit charity, the RFDS strives to run its operations as cost-effectively as possible. The insights gained by FAST™ helped generate significant savings.
For instance, using engine health data to perform maintenance “on condition” has significantly increased the average time between engine overhauls. According to David, the average time between overhauls for FAST™ system-equipped aircraft is 6,000 hours —almost double the average of 3,600 hours for aircraft without the system.
What's more, the RFDS is now able to analyze engine data in-house instead of outsourcing the work, which both cuts down on costs and provides more agility. Data can be downloaded, visualized and analyzed by the RFDS team within minutes of an aircraft's landing.
"FAST™ is a platform not just to support engine reliability, but also to support the conduct of flight data analysis. We like to say that it pays for itself every year. It's a key component of our strategy going forward."
- DAVID CHARLTON, GENERAL MANAGER OF AVIATION AND STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT, RFDS SE SECTION.
Over 1,200 FAST™ Solutions have been installed to date across all aircraft platforms. The solution is popular across a number of verticals, with adoption in the general aviation, regional airline, business jet and helicopter markets. The FAST™ solution's features are constantly evolving. Non-engine flight-data analysis capabilities were recently introduced for regional aircraft, as well as propeller vibration trend monitoring.
In fact, FAST™ is one of many advanced engine health management tools available. Discover other innovative solutions in P&WC's Airtime blog.