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Helicopter Express Launches into HUMS with Foresight MX

HX Completes First Installation and Places Additional Order

15 February, 2024 – GPMS International announced today that Helicopter Express has completed their first installation of Foresight MX, the industry’s leading HUMS solution, on their new Bell 429.  Additionally, Helicopter Express has placed a follow-on order of Foresight MX for their new Bell 412EPX. 

Based in Tate, Georgia, Helicopter Express operates a mixed fleet of utility and firefighting aircraft throughout the world.  “We’ve been following GPMS and their progress with Foresight MX since they started and we’re excited to start using it,” said Richie Kittrell, Chief Operating Officer at Helicopter Express.  “We’ve heard very positive comments from other GPMS operators.  With their advanced technology, customer support, and the ability to grow with their customers, we know GPMS is the best HUMS provider to meet our needs.”

Helicopter Express first took to the air in 1995 when they secured their first government contract with the United States Forest Service (USFS).  Since then, they’ve significantly grown their fleet and incorporated new technologies to meet the changing contracting environment.  As award winners of the USFS latest MATOC, Helicopter Express is bringing “modern helicopters”, which includes HUMS as a minimum requirement, to serve communities throughout the United States.

Kittrell continues, “We’re honored to support the USFS and are excited to use our new capabilities to support their fire operations.  We have a very experienced team to accomplish the missions and we’re very proud of our safety, security, and quality standards we use to execute them.  We’re taking those to the next level with Foresight MX.  Now, we’ll have remote visibility of the health of our various models of deployed aircraft on one easy-to-use dashboard, even on our phones.  This will assist us in planning our maintenance and flight operations, reduce our AOGs, and even help us with recruiting.”

“We’re thrilled to be supporting Helicopter Express,” says Ronnie Ries, Vice President of Marketing at GPMS.  “Their team, diversified fleet, and the culture they’ve developed are amongst the best in the industry.  When they make big decisions, others follow.  Equipping their team with modern helicopters monitored by Foresight MX HUMS is just another way they’re demonstrating their leadership position in the utility market."

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