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Rapid Spectro analysis should limit Air Methods' AOGs
For the last 12 years, Air Methods has been working with Spectro Jet-Care to analyse fluid and debris samples from its fleet. The two companies have agreed roll out Spectro's work to the operator's 450-strong fleet.

Colorado-based air medical services provider Air Methods has signed a contract with Spectro Jet-Care for the provision of a comprehensive fluid and debris analysis programme across its fleet of more than 450 helicopters.

Spectro Jet-Care will implement and manage a proactive analysis programme for the Air Methods fleet, which operates at 300 locations in 48 US states. Oil and chip samples from engines and gearboxes will be analysed, and the programme will also support the analysis of filter, fuel and hydraulic fluid when required. The data and results generated will be available to Air Methods via the Spectro Jet-Care online portal webECHO, providing access to a complete history of the data and results for the entire fleet at any time.

"Having worked with the Spectro Jet-Care team for the last 12 years, we have come to rely on its quality of service, expert analysis and expedient turnaround of our samples,” says director of aircraft cost management at Air Methods Troy Atkinson. “The valuable data we receive allows us to proactively manage our fleet and improve reliability, ultimately ensuring that we continue to provide our patients with an exemplary service by reducing unscheduled ground time.”

International sales and marketing manager at Spectro Jet-Care Alan Baker adds: “We have been providing vital analysis services to the helicopter market since 1976 and have worked with Air Methods since 2007. We understand the challenging environments in which the Air Methods teams work and the critical nature of its operation. Our fast sample turnaround, experienced technical teams and 24/7 availability for AOG samples allows us to provide a first class analysis service with added peace of mind that the fleet is in safe hands.”

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