Pratt & Whitney, an RTX business, has introduced Percept, an advanced AI-based Aircraft Engine Analysis Tool designed to streamline engine inspections. Percept utilizes computer vision technology and operates on the Awiros Video Intelligence Operating System (OS). Through a cloud-based interface, users can capture images and videos of aircraft engines using their mobile devices and receive real-time responses on parts availability. This innovative tool significantly accelerates the pre-and-post lease analysis process, automating inspections and reducing the time taken by nearly 90%.
O Sung Kwon, Vice President of Customer Support at Pratt & Whitney, highlighted the benefits of Percept, stating, “The tool helps reduce time and effort involved in the analysis of aircraft engines during lease transitions. We have been collaborating with Awiros, an Indian start-up specializing in Computer Vision and AI, to develop and refine this technology. We are thrilled to bring this operational product to the market.”
Vikram Gupta, Founder and CEO of Awiros, expressed pride in the collaboration with RTX, stating, “Building the Percept tool with RTX has been an exciting milestone for Awiros. We are proud that Percept’s high-fidelity scanning capability, using handheld mobile phones without the need for specialized hardware, is now being commercially deployed in the aerospace industry.”
Awiros emerged as the winner of the RTX Innovation Challenge, an initiative launched in 2019. Over 60 startups specializing in Computer Vision, AI, and ML presented solutions to optimize and automate aircraft engine inspections. Awiros’ idea underwent rigorous evaluation and is scheduled for commercial launch later this year.
Ashmita Sethi, President & Country Head of Pratt & Whitney (UTCIPL), emphasized India’s position as an aviation industry growth hub and a center for aerospace innovation. “Percept is the result of collaboration between some of India’s brightest minds and Pratt & Whitney, delivering significant efficiencies and value to our customers,” Sethi stated.
The Percept solution will initially be deployed exclusively on Pratt & Whitney’s most advanced commercial engines, including the Pratt & Whitney GTF™ engine and the V2500, showcasing the commitment to providing cutting-edge technology for enhanced engine inspections. The launch of Percept marks a major milestone in advancing the efficiency and effectiveness of aircraft engine maintenance and supports Pratt & Whitney’s commitment to delivering superior solutions to its customers in the aviation industry.