Vermont avionics company lands global contract

CORNWALL — A Vermont-based manufacturer that does its design work in Cornwall recently won a contract with Bell Flight (formally Bell Helicopter) to supply avionics equipment on that company’s 407 helicopter.
Green Power Monitoring Systems, of GPMS, sells to some of the biggest aviation companies, and it has a distinctly Vermont feel, according to company CEO Eric Bechhoefer. That was particularly true with its recent contract win
“The design was done here, the packaging/boxes are manufactured by Heco Engineering in Essex, the box/packaging coatings are done by GSP Coatings in Brattleboro, and the assembly/build in done at Microwire in Essex,” Bechhoefer said. “I’m a local business that has global reach.”
GPMS makes Foresight MX HUMS for the Bell 407GX/GXP, a four-blade, single-engine helicopter used in civil aviation. The HUMS (Health and Usage Monitoring System) software and hardware monitors mechanical and operational systems on the craft while it is flying and give predictive information to tell technicians when the bird needs to be services.
It weighs less than nine pounds, including all hardware, cable, and mounting components.
GPMS also supports industrial monitoring in both power generation and heavy manufacturing, Bechhoefer said.

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