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How Monitoring Systems Improve Airplane Safety

By Morgana Siggins

August 4, 2020


Monitoring systems consist of remote data collection, monitoring, and analysis of information to determine the status of equipment. These systems allow you to set thresholds and receive alarms when a determined level crossed the configured parameters.

You can see monitoring systems deployed in many different industries, from oil and gas, utilities, and water and healthcare. In the transportation industry, monitoring systems are transforming how data is gathered and made use of. But, this not only comprehends public transport and traffic management. Monitoring systems have a big impact on aircraft networks.

The main purpose of remote monitoring airplanes is to guarantee the aircraft integrity and safety of passengers. Let's take a look at how a monitoring system allows you to enhance the safety of your airplanes.

Aircraft engine monitoring
Monitoring airplanes is essential to guarantee the safety of the passagers and service reliability.

Monitor Engine Performance At All Times

Airlines have been using engine condition monitoring systems for quite a while. Users are typically technicians and operators that constantly review data in order to pinpoint any decline in engine performance before the flight crew receives indications or experience an in-flight event.

So, remote monitoring systems are designed to deliver airplane information when and where it's needed. This helps operators and maintenance technicians to continuously monitor the engines performance parameters.

This capability allows for effective situational awareness and informed decision-making in a timely manner. If a determined engine is presenting some issues in performance, the airplane can be serviced in order to correct the problem long before it affects its operability.

Accurate Troubleshooting

Another way that monitoring systems are important to aircraft safety is that they facilitate accurate troubleshooting.

For example, each time there's any weight on the airplane wheels, the monitoring system will gather a load of engine data and send it an alert to operators or technicians. Within minutes of receiving the alert notification, with a push of a button and a few mouse clicks, the techs can analyze the situation and response accordingly before an engine fault or shutdown happens.

A competent monitoring system will act as an expert help to accurately identify root causes to engine conditions and perform or recommend the most appropriate corrective action. This will be particularly important in locations that have limited maintenance support. Having access to detailed information will greatly improve the technician's troubleshooting efficiency.

It doesn't matter if you have your own plane or you are part of a maintenance team that supports a large corporation's fleet, a monitoring system gives you access to factual data that will let you have visibility over the real-time health of your airplane engines.

If you work in the aircraft industry, you need to keep in mind that even the most well-made parts have a determined lifespan and will eventually wear out. So, by having an efficient technology that provides you with the ability to plan ahead, so you know how to perform the right fix to get the aircraft back in the air faster than ever before.

Of course, remote diagnostic tools won't ever replace the knowledge that technicians and operators gain through real-world experience throwout the years. But, they will provide a solid foundation for an efficient remote monitoring and management system that is far superior to the technology that used to take care of engines in the past.

Enhanced Reliability Even During Flight

If a fault or error happens during a flight, a monitoring system allows the operator to make conscious decisions immediately. And, if maintenance is required, it allows the technician to make arrangements for the parts, tools, and equipment sooner rather than later.

Since a remote monitoring system enhances the aircraft reliability, your passengers will experience fewer delays - delays can even be avoided altogether. Also, when delays do happen, their duration will be shorter - a three-hour delay can become a one hour delay instead.

An efficient monitoring system will provide you with both the information and the context to help your technicians and operators to make an appropriate decision even while the airplane is still en route.

Prioritization Capability

The best monitoring systems will automatically sort information and alarms by severity, location, and other aspects, as you have configured. They will also provide immediate information about fuel efficiency, economic impacts, and other vital performance to the right operator. An operator that is specialized in a determined area of the aircraft network will be able to quickly determine the best course of action.

You might be wondering what would happen if this operator misses the alarm for any reason. Who else will be able to respond?

Modern monitoring systems allow you to configure a scalable notifications list. This means that if the first operator or technician misses the notification for more than a determined period of time, then the next person on the list will be alerted - and so on down the list until the alert is acknowledged.

Prognostics Will Help You Avoid Future Issues

Remote monitoring allows you to perform prognostics or proactive maintenance. This means that your operators are able to predict and address issues before a failure happens.

You can properly identify precursor problems that will probably evolve into faults that will affect airplane dispatch and possibly cause schedule interruptions. Monitoring systems provide technicians with the information necessary to make safe decisions to address these precursor problems so that maintenance on monitored faults can be performed on a planned, proactive basis. Rather than having to quickly react to unexpected issues with unplanned maintenance.

Scheduled maintenance
Remote monitoring systems allow you to schedule maintenance when necessary to address issues before they grow into bigger problems. This way, you won't have to fix problems after they already occured.

Training Your Techs Is Easy

Advanced monitoring systems will be straightforward and easy to use. They will present all the information in a user-friendly interface that can be operated and customized intuitively.

The main purpose of your monitoring device's dashboard is to answer what happened, how bad is it, what do you need to do to correct the situation, and how you do it. All this information allows even the newest technician that is not fully trained to solve the situation in a timely manner.

We Can Help Guarantee Your Network Reliability

In today's economy, managing the costs associated with aircraft engine maintenance is critical. Engine performance, fuel burn, line replaceable unit cycles, and shop visits for maintenance are all costs that you and your aircraft team have to deal with.

The biggest benefit of remote monitoring systems is that you can detect small problems before they become big problems. You can be proactive and manage engine maintenance and overall aircraft safety. These systems can help you avoid expensive, unscheduled maintenance to correct problems, and can even prevent major engine failures.

Ultimately, the impact of monitoring systems is that you can make very precise fleet maintenance plans. This way, you can effectively maintain, repair, and overhaul engines. The enhanced team effort combined with the engine monitoring technology can almost completely eliminate serious failures, as well as improving the reliability of airplanes and extending their lifespan.

All of that is possible with an experienced and trusted monitoring system manufacturer. And that's what we are. We can provide you with a robust engine maintenance solution that will include all the features you need.

Our monitoring devices collect and process data 24x7, showing it all in an intuitive and secure web interface. Also, when an event happens, they send out detailed alerts via email or text message - so, notifications can reach you whatever you are.

If you need determined capabilities or features that over-the-shelf devices can't give you, reach out to us. Since we are a US-based, vertically integrated manufacturer we can tailor a remote monitoring system to match all your requirements.

Call us today and talk to one of our monitoring experts. They will work with you to analyze your current scenario and design a perfect-fit solution.

Morgana Siggins

Morgana Siggins

Morgana Siggins is a marketing writer, content creator, and documentation specialist at DPS Telecom. She has created over 200 blog articles and videos sharing her years of experience in the remote monitoring industry.