StandardAero has launched its new PowerCheck mobile application to calculate engine performance for Rolls-Royce M250 operators. The application, which builds on the company’s previous computer-based platform, uses mobile technology to create a more accessible interface compared to the original version of PowerCheck, which required Microsoft Excel.
Through the use of OEM power assurance chart data, the application allows a user to select an airframe and engine type from a dropdown menu before inputting basic parameter information. The application calculates an engine’s performance margin and results can easily be stored and tracked. Stored performance data results can be accessed by maintenance technicians through a shared group user account for functionality such as trending engine performance over time.
In addition to this functionality, users can elect to receive proactive recommendations from StandardAero based on saved data for the fleet and indicated performance metrics.
Internal development of PowerCheck began in early 2017, with StandardAero selecting launch customers to test the design and provide input on the functionality. The application is available to download for free on Google Play and the Apple App Store, as well as on StandardAero’s site.
According to Chad Kaatz, StandardAero’s director of engineering, helicopter programs, PowerCheck’s focus on the M250 engine is due to the company’s decades of experience with it. Although StandardAero’s helicopter program focused solely on the M250 engine for several decades, the company’s recent acquisition of Vector Aerospace has increased its portfolio of engine platforms. Kaatz says other engine and airframe options may be considered for the application in the future as StandardAero becomes familiar with customer needs.