Greatly underinflated tires and a rejected takeoff after V1 were the probable causes of the 2008 crash of a Learjet 60 while attempting to depart the Columbia (S.C.) Metropolitan Airport (CAE) for a nighttime flight to Van Nuys, Calif., according to the NTSB.
Crane Aerospace and Electronics (Booth No. 2810) of Redmond, Wash., is demonstrating its SmartStem system for wireless sensing of tire pressure and temperature. SmartStem uses a sensor built into a tire’s inflation stem to detect pressure, temperature and other stored information. The sensor sends this data to a control unit onboard the aircraft or to a handheld reader.
The Learjet Model 60 is the subject of a recent FAA Safety Alert for Operators (Safo) to maintain the correct tire pressures. FAA Flight Standards Service Safo 09012 recommends measuring cold tire pressure at the intervals recommended by the manufacturer.
After issuing a proposed Airworthiness Directive that will require operators of Learjet 60s to revise flight and maintenance manual tire inflation information, the FAA has published a Safety Alerts for Operators (SAFO 09012) that addresses tire inflation on all aircraft.
Crane Aerospace & Electronics (Hall 5 Stand A24) is here at the show providing demonstrations of its SmartStem wireless tire pressure monitor, introduced two years ago on the Boeing 777. The technology replaces existing tire inflation valve stems with a special wireless tire pressure sensor valve that communicates tire pressure, temperature and other information to the cockpit or to a handheld reader.
Dunlop Aircraft Tyres (Hall 2B Stand H110) is displaying the tires it will be supplying for Bombardier’s new CRJ1000 Next Gen regional jet for the first time, after a recent contract award by the Canadian manufacturer. The 100-seat aircraft–45 of which have been ordered by airlines such as Adria Airways, Brit Air and My Air–is set to enter service in late 2009.
Crane Aerospace & Electronics (Hall 5 Stand A24) has appointed Michael Romito to serve as aerospace group president. He runs its sites in Burbank, California; Elyria, Ohio; Lynwood, Washington; and Lyon, France.
Aviall Services’ product repair services division has signed a deal with XOJet to provide wheel repairs, overhauls and replacement services. XOJet combines
private jet ownership, membership and on-demand travel services. Paul Touw, the company’s founder, said he chose Aviall both for its breadth of components, tires and spares, and for the location of its
facilities around the country.