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Aviation News With the Falcon 6X, Dassault Aviation plots a course to predictive maintenance

With the Falcon 6X, Dassault Aviation plots a course to predictive maintenance

Romain Guillot
15 MAR 2018 | 435 words
With the Falcon 6X, Dassault Aviation plots a course to predictive maintenance
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Maintenance is a key argument during the selection process of a business jet and Dassault Aviation is continuing to develop its service activities, whether by extending its servicing capacities (on its own or via its worldwide approved centre network) or by putting new solutions in place (Falcon Response, for example). But the birth of a new programme also provides the opportunity to reach a new stage in terms of maintenance, as the Falcon 6X demonstrates this time.

According to Olivier Villa, Executive Vice President of Civil Aircraft at Dassault Aviation, the new member of the Falcon jet family will have an optimised MSG-3 maintenance program, adapted to customers and the types of mission carried out. The periods between inspections will then be 800 hours or 12 months depending on the aircraft's usage rate.

The mechanics will also have the best digital tools available to train with an augmented reality-based application. Using the plane's digital model, the maintenance technicians will then be able to simulate the replacement of an onboard piece of equipment, for example.

Still with the measures intended to increase the Falcon 6X's availability rate, Olivier Villa also announced that the new plane would have an optimised MMEL (Master Minimum Equipment List).

But the major new feature which was announced during the first public presentation of the 6X is without doubt FalconScan, a new integrated maintenance solution which will collect and analyse a huge quantity of data in real time.

Connected to all of the plane's onboard systems, the solution will record over 100 000 parameters. This data may be used directly during flight with the possibility of sending a failure notification to the ground thanks to real-time connectivity named FalconBroadcast.

Of course, this data may also be used to detect and identify more complex breakdowns by analysing the data using proprietary algorithms. Dassault also specifies that FalconScan will be used to improve the plane thanks to information collected across the whole fleet.

The idea behind all of this, and which Dassault Aviation isn't hiding, is obviously the introduction of a predictive maintenance tool with the development of prognosis algorithms and future services which use Data Analytics.

This strategy has also been adopted by Pratt & Whitney Canada which has FAST units to connect its engines and collect data for preventive and predictive purposes. And Cédric Gauthier, Sales and Marketing director for business aviation at Pratt & Whitney Canada, also told us that collecting data from the PW812Ds which power Dassault's new long-range twin-engine plane was already on the agenda for future discussions. To be continued...
Romain Guillot
Chief editor
Cofounder of Journal de l'Aviation and Alertavia


 
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