Meggitt PLC, a leading international aerospace and defence engineering group, is working with Textron Aviation to develop a long range wireless system that can check all the tyre pressures on a business aircraft in just a few seconds. This latest piece of Ground Support Equipment (GSE) can transmit and collect data at distances of up to 50m.
Tyre pressure monitoring is an essential part of aircraft maintenance - it helps to prevent failure events caused by improper tyre inflation. Using a wireless system can help to extend tyre life, reduce human error and reduce weight which results in significant savings in maintenance costs and increased flight safety for aircraft operators.
Meggitt’s robust wireless network is unaffected by other aircraft systems. The proprietary system allows data to be rapidly downloaded to a standard, off the shelf hand-held device which can be connected to a server via wifi or 3G/4G. It eliminates the need for the maintenance engineers to crawl around the landing gear checking individual tyre pressures.
The system will be demonstrated at the NBAA show on 10 to 12 October (booth #C6627).
This new design builds on Meggitt’s long experience in providing wireless systems for aircraft which started in 2000 with the introduction of the first flight-essential wireless system to monitor smoke detectors in aircraft cargo holds. Meggitt’s wireless systems are now flying in over 1,500 aircraft, including the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and more applications are in development and undergoing certification.