Farnborough Air Show

Eaton equipment chosen for Embraer Phenom 100 VLJ

 - November 27, 2006, 11:56 AM

Eaton (Hall 4 Stand F12) has been selected by Embraer to provide five packages for Embraer’s Phenom 100 very light jet. These include the hydraulic power generation package, design of the aircraft’s flap system and landing gear control hydraulic components. It will also supply miscellaneous cockpit controls including the throttle, landing gear and flap selectors.

On EADS’ recently flown Barracuda unmanned aerial vehicle, Eaton provided hydraulic power and actuators for the landing gear system. In flight, fluid power is supplied to the actuators to extend and retract the landing gear. On the ground, the nose wheel steering mechanism uses the same hydraulic power system.

The U.S. company also has a piece of the action on the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, which is a flying display highlight here at Farnborough International. On board, it has several higher-pressure (5,000 psi) fluid power generation, motion control and fluid health monitoring components. For example, Eaton’s Vickers brand hydraulic engine-driven pumps power the primary flight controls. In addition, there are four 2,360-cubic-feet-per-minute inlet particle separator blowers. Among others, there are also a rotor positioning actuator motor and a wing stowage motor.

On the Airbus A400M military transport, Eaton was selected to design several hydraulic actuation control and fluid delivery components. They include valves, accumulators, hydraulic self-sealing hose assemblies and engine lube oil flexible hoses–among others. In addition, Eaton was also selected to provide the aircraft’s ground service panel and maintenance panel.

On Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II fighter, Eaton will be one of the three suppliers to test performance-based logistics (PBL). This will take place during the first phase of low rate initial production. According to Eaton, PBL gives suppliers incentives to meet performance requirements. This should result in improved support while reducing total ownership costs. Eaton said it was chosen for its expertise in modeling, data mining as well as prognostics and health management.

Separately, Eaton is offering a new oil multifunctional sensor for helicopters. At power-up, it provides oil level status in the gearboxes. One minute later, the system switches to the chip detector circuit to provide continuous fluid/debris monitoring during flight. This dual role of a single sensor eliminates additional wiring and space requirements.