Crane Aero keeps busy with new products

 - July 19, 2010, 5:40 AM

Crane Aerospace & Electronics (Hall 4 Stand A21) is developing a new fuel control and monitoring system (FCMS) for under-wing tanks for the Pilatus PC-21 turboprop military trainer. The tanks are a requirement of the United Arab Emirates, which ordered 25 PC-21s. Crane’s Eldec subsidiary in France will be in charge, as it already provides the FCMS for the main tanks.

Crane also said here in Farnborough that its new landing gear control interface unit (LGCIU), recently certified and soon to be standard on Airbus A320 family aircraft, will become available for retrofit this year. Crane claims the new LGCIU improves reliability tenfold, bringing the mean time between unscheduled removals to 45,000 hours. The unit also is lighter than and fully interchangeable with the previous model. The LGCIU senses the position of the landing gear and its doors, the flap disconnect status and cargo door position.

For premium passenger seats, Crane is introducing the MCX premium modular control system, which reduces overall system hardware and wiring complexity. Expected benefits of MCX are enhanced flexibility for seat manufacturers and less motion noise for passengers.

The company also noted that parent Crane Co. earlier this year acquired Merrimac Industries, a specialist in RF microwave signal processing components. Merrimac has 210 employees and a turnover of $30 million.