CHARLOTTE, N.C. , July 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- (Farnborough International Airshow) Goodrich Corporation (NYSE: GR) has been selected by Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation to supply its new Vigor(TM) Health Usage and Management System (VHUMS(TM)) for the S-76D(TM) executive transport helicopter. Goodrich's Sensors and Integrated Systems unit in Vergennes, Vt . will design, develop and produce the system.
VHUMS is a new family of lower cost, full functionality health usage management systems (HUMS) optimized for mid-size helicopters. The system will monitor the entire helicopter mechanical drive train from the engines to the rotor system, flight manual exceedances, and hundreds of aircraft system signals. The advanced information provided by VHUMS alerts operators to take preventative maintenance steps that avoid costly, lengthy repairs in the future.
"VHUMS brings significant advantages to operators of mid-size commercial helicopters that previously were only available to users of large or military helicopters," said Jan Mathiesen , Vice President, Business Development, Goodrich Sensors and Integrated Systems. "By focusing on commercial operator requirements, we're able to optimize capability while keeping the price affordable. Our HUMS experience on Sikorsky's S-92(R) in concert with their Worldwide Customer Support organization will help us maximize readiness for the new S-76D fleet."
Sikorsky's S-76D is a mid-size helicopter serving the corporate VIP, offshore oil, airline, EMS/search-and-rescue and law enforcement markets. Initial certification is planned for the fourth quarter of 2009. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
Goodrich HUMS are in use on U.S. Army UH-60A/L/M and CH-47D helicopters, U.S. Navy and Marine Corps MH-60R/S, AH-1Z, UH-1Y, and CH-53E platforms, and the commercial Sikorsky S-92 helicopter.
Goodrich Sensors and Integrated Systems provides a broad range of systems to the aerospace industry worldwide including SmartProbe(TM) air data systems, Electronic Flight Bag systems, security and surveillance systems, fuel measurement and management systems, vehicle health management systems, ice detection and protection systems, digital data systems and rescue hoists.
Goodrich Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, is a global supplier of systems and services to aerospace, defense and homeland security markets. With one of the most strategically diversified portfolios of products in the industry, Goodrich serves a global customer base with significant worldwide manufacturing and service facilities. For more information, visit http://www.goodrich.com.
Goodrich Corporation operates through its divisions and as a parent company for its subsidiaries, one or more of which may be referred to as "Goodrich Corporation" in this press release.
SOURCE Goodrich Corporation; GR - Electronic Systems