Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) achieved a Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for its FAST™ prognostics solution on the single-engine Pilatus PC-12NG aircraft powered by the PT6A-67P. The FAST solution captures and analyzes full-flight engine and aircraft data, enabling high visibility on a multitude of key operating parameters within 15 minutes of the pilot shutting down the engine, which can be used to optimize maintenance planning and operations and further increase aircraft availability.
PlaneSense, a leading fractional aircraft ownership program, will launch the FAST solution on its fleet of PC-12 NG aircraft. “We at PlaneSense have always been focused on safety, reliability, and maintainability,” said George Antoniadis, President, and CEO, PlaneSense. “We’re delighted that the FAST solution will lead to improvements in all three, while also offering savings on direct operating costs.”
“FAST has proven itself one of the aviation industry’s most effective turnkey predictive and preventive engine health management solutions; we’re delivering meaningful results to customers and opening up new opportunities to drive even greater availability and operational optimization,” said Tim Swail, Vice President, Customer Programs at P&WC. “FAST’s robust, OEM-backed data pipeline is optimized to work seamlessly within the P&WC analytics environment to meet our customers’ trending requirements and drive highly beneficial outcomes.”
In addition to the PC-12NG, the FAST solution is certified on the Beechcraft King Air 200/300 series, Textron Aviation’s Cessna Caravan 208/208B as well as Air Tractor platforms. There are 7,000 PT6A operators.
“We are moving customers toward fully preventive maintenance environments, including on-condition programs, and offering reduced rates on our pay-per-hour plans supporting many platforms, such as the Dassault Falcon aircraft family, the Cessna Citation Latitude (chosen by NetJets), PT6A-powered aircraft such as the Cessna Grand Caravan and numerous regional airline applications,” Swail added.