“Over the years, it has been installed on most of the helicopters and these days the process is winding down in the whole “Apache” helicopter squadrons of the force” A new Israeli system that is responsible for detecting and diagnosing malfunctions in “Apache” helicopters will be installed soon in all helicopters. “The goal is to improve flight safety”
A system that is designed to detect malfunctions in “Apache” helicopters even before they have occurred will improve flight safety in helicopters. The system allows the maintenance crews to issue a report noting the malfunctions in the systems of the helicopter that have occurred after landing. “Thus far, a large part of the process is based on regular, preventative maintenance, as once every so often the helicopters would come for maintenance not related to any malfunctions that had occurred”, explains Captain Kinneret Bakatari, an officer involved in the project at the Equipment Department.
The significance of this is that instead of targeted repairs, all possibilities of malfunction were tested. “The system issues warnings, according to which it is possible to focus the maintenance and save time on the unnecessary maintenance of the helicopters. The potential for saving money is huge”.
The installation of the system has begun in recent years and tried on seven helicopters. Over the years, it has been installed on most of the helicopters and these days the process is winding down in the whole “Apache” helicopter squadrons of the force.
“Once a month, a detailed report is received of all the warnings we received and what caused them. The serious warnings are addressed within a short period of time”, says Captain Kinneret. “In the future, we will acquire the ability to analyze malfunctions and that way we will make the process even more efficient”.