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Crane Successes With GE, Cessna

 - July 8, 2012, 7:40 AM

GE Aviation has selected manufacturer of engineered industrial products Crane Aerospace & Electronics to provide the fuel-flow transmitters for GE Aviation’s Leap-X and Passport 20 engines.

“We expect this to be one of the largest fuel-flow transmitter programs in our history,” said John Higgs, Crane’s vice president of fluid management systems. The fuel-flow transmitters measure fuel-flow rate in mass, not volume, for higher accuracy.

The Leap-X engines are designed for single-aisle airliners, including the Comac C919 and Airbus A320neo. The GE Passport 20 engine will be used on business aircraft, including the Bombardier Global 7000 and 8000 models, for which entry into service is planned in 2014.

U.S.-based Crane now has more than 25,000 fuel flow transmitters in service. In addition to ensuring high levels of accuracy, they are also noted for reliability with a mean time between failure of 50,000 hours.

In another development, Crane has been selected by Cessna Aircraft to provide the braking system for the new Citation Latitude mid-size business jet, the prototype of which is expected to make its first flight in mid-2014. Entry into service is expected in 2015.

Crane (Hall 4 Stand F14) also produces landing gear, cabin systems, microelectronics, microwave and power systems, as well as sensors.