PRM takes onboard data and defines future MX needs
Airbus and Delta points to Fleet Availability
No mention of Safety or SMS
“Airbus has formed a new digital alliance with Delta Air Lines aimed at developing new predictive maintenance and health-monitoring solutions for global airline customers.
The cross-fleet solutions will leverage each of the partners’ expertise in airframes, systems and engines. It will be accessible through a unified portal powered by Airbus’ Skywise platform.
The predictive maintenance solution will be first used by Delta Air Lines.
Airbus SVP digital solutions head Norman Baker said: “This digital partnership with Delta is a world first, encompassing the major skills needed by airlines to keep their aircraft operationally ready.
“Predictive maintenance, powered by Skywise, is now widely proven with our customers as the best way to achieve comprehensive insights into aircraft operation issues, enabling them to maintain higher levels of fleet availability.”
Delta TechOps serves as the maintenance, repair and overhaul provider business of Delta Air Lines.
Airbus and Delta TechOps partnered in 2015 to jointly develop a predictive programme called Prognostic Risk Management (PRM).
In October 2018, the parties signed a multi-year agreement for Airbus Skywise Core Platform and Skywise Predictive Maintenance (SPM) application.
Skywise is installed on Delta’s A320 and A330 aircraft.
Delta SVP technical operations Don Mitacek said: “This partnership with Airbus will further develop predictive maintenance capabilities, bringing the deep analytical prowess of Airbus’ Skywise platform in conjunction with the rich technical and operational knowledge of the Delta predictive maintenance team.
“We look forward to significant enhancements of prediction accuracies through this combination.”
The Delta- Airbus PRM is an impressive use of data, aircraft -installed monitors and predictive software. Given the two companies high level commitment to safety, it is odd, hopefully not telling, that the word SAFETY is not among the 340 included in the press release.
All of these advancements should serve as critical components for SMS. The data collected for the Delta-Airbus aircraft, it is presumed, will be shared with this global aviation risk reduction tool. The well-maintained Delta fleet of 299 Airbus aircraft and the Skywise PRM’s raw data, when entered into FSF’s Global Safety Information’s computers. Those terabytes of information will help safety everywhere.
In developing aircraft systems that accumulate data, manufacturers need to consider how those onboard sensors can reduce risks not just for the ship being designed but for others in the aviation fleet. Here are some other observations on this subject:
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