GE Aerospace announces testing of the next generation Rotor Analysis Diagnostic System (RADS) for civil and military operators. The RADS-NG (next generation) will reduce pilot time and save fuel by enabling operators to complete rotor track and balance operations and diagnostics in fewer flights. Testing on major OEM rotorcraft begin in Q2 with procurement to start in Q4.
“The upgraded Rotor Analysis Diagnostic System allows operators the ability to complete their rotor track and balance operations and diagnostics in fewer flights while significantly reducing flight and pilot time and saving fuel,” said Steve Schoonveld, product director of Connected Aircraft at GE Aerospace.
The RADS-NG will replace the RADS-AT (Advanced Technology) and the RADS-AVA (Aviation Vibration Analyzer) as GE’s portable vibration diagnostics solution for vehicles where permanent installation is not practical or to supplement existing systems.
The RADS-NG builds on more than 30 years of reliability as the original Rotor Track and Balance (RT&B) solution with the flexibility to service all major helicopter models with a faster, easier-to-use interface.
As the industry standard for RT&B and standard equipment for the US Army and the UK Navy, one unit can support an entire fleet. Approximately 5,000 RADS units have been supplied supporting civil and military rotorcraft like the Airbus H125 (Eurocopter AS350), the Bell 412, the Boeing CH-47, the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk, Leonardo AW139, and more than 200 other vehicle types and variants. The system’s versatility also offers fixed-wing vibration diagnostics for aircraft such as the Lockheed C-130 Hercules.