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Goodrich celebrates military aviation milestone

VERGENNES - U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and employees of Goodrich Corporation's Sensors and Integrated Systems in Vergennes celebrated the completion of the plant's 2,000th HUMS diagnostic mechanical system, short for Health and Usage Monitoring Systems, and surpassing the $100 million milestone in HUMS sales March 8.

HUMS provides precise data that alerts crews to take small corrective actions to prevent future costly maintenance; in addition, it advises of unavoidable future maintenance tasks so the user can plan and minimize operational impact.

U.S. Army Blackhawk helicopters were retrofitted with the locally made system starting in 2000.

The program has been so successful that it is now a standard monitoring system on additional types of helicopters used by U.S. Armed Services.

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