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.
Gulfstream Aerospace has reinstituted its “Meet the Quote” spare parts price-matching program, initially launched in March 2004, and operators have until July 31 to enjoy the savings. The program includes price matching on the most popular exchange parts, including valves, alternators, regulator and brake assemblies, actuators and display units. The offer is extended to operators of all Gulfstream jets.
Following its $40 million acquisition of Scot Inc. last month, Chemring Group says it has positioned itself to create the leading energetics device business in the U.S. Scot manufactures cartridge-actuated and propellant-actuated devices used in military and civil aircraft emergency systems, space launch platforms and missiles. It also designs and manufactures actuators, valves and sequencers, separation nuts and bolts
BEECH 1900D, ROCHESTER, N.Y., JUNE 3, 2000–The Safety Board determined probable cause for a gear-up landing by a CommutAir Beech 1900D during a regularly scheduled flight. According to the NTSB, “The reversal of landing gear hydraulic lines by company maintenance personnel [caused the failure].
GE Druck has introduced a new air-data line-switching unit to make it easier for operators to test their pitot-static systems. The LSU-105 unit uses manually switched color-coded valves to allow crewmembers to connect the test equipment quickly to the aircraft’s pitots. The unit can conduct multiple tests simultaneously to reduce downtime. Each of the four pitot-static channels can be isolated to allow independent instrument testing.
In response to a problem of water freezing inside the Citation Encore’s emergency pressurization valve, Cessna next month will issue a Service Bulletin (SB 560-21-19) requiring a relocation of the valve. According to a Cessna spokeswoman, the problem affects all 71 Encores delivered as of the third quarter this year.
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.
With an established reputation in the field of on-board water treatment for aircraft, International Water-Guard of Burnaby, British Columbia, has launched a program to develop a components line that includes the “pumps, valves and heaters that make up a complete water system.” According to IWG president and CEO David Fox, “Distributed device control is the way of the future, [and] IWG will be able to provide both system components and controll
Bombardier has issued a Service Bulletin for installing redesigned on-off placards for the oxygen bottle regulator in the Learjet 35 and 36, and the FAA has followed up with a special airworthiness information bulletin recommending that operators incorporate the changes.
Ship It AOG (Booth No. 2848) has signed an agreement with Circle Seal Controls to be the exclusive distributor of the company’s line of business jet wheel pressure gauges and relief valves.