Meggitt speeds up aircraft tyre pressure checks

Meggitt PLC, an 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, the company said.

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.

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.

Headquartered in the United Kingdom, this international group operates in North America, Europe and Asia. Known for its specialised extreme environment engineering, Meggitt is a world provider of aerospace, defence and energy. Meggitt employs approximately 11,000 people at over 40 manufacturing facilities and regional offices worldwide.

Textron Aviation Inc. is the general aviation authority and home to the Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker brands, which account for more than half of all general aviation aircraft flying. For more than 90 years, the Textron Aviation brands have represented unrivaled innovation, performance and leadership in the industry, offering an unmatched value proposition rooted in the total ownership experience.