Dassault Falcon received EASA and FAA approval to install the SmartStem tire pressure system on Falcon 50s. The system provides a fast and reliable method of checking tire pressure without gas loss while reducing maintenance costs, improving convenience and automatically tracking tire pressure checks. It is also designed for easy retrofit to existing aircraft since it is compatible with all standard tire maintenance equipment.
Tire-pressure monitoring system
The FAA recently issued a legal opinion that allows Part 135 pilots to check tire pressure on all certified aircraft using Crane Aerospace & Electronics’ SmartStem wireless tire pressure monitoring system. According to Crane, there are currently no other products on the market that allow Part 135 pilots to check their own tires.
Crane Aerospace of Lynnwood, Wash., is developing an aircraft version of a handheld remote tire-pressure indicator that Goodyear developed for automobiles. SmartStem consists of a handheld digital readout device and a tiny, wireless pressure/temperature sensor embedded in the tire’s inflation valve or mounted on the wheels. The user aims the handheld unit at the sensor to obtain a readout of the air pressure, according to Crane.