LYNNWOOD, Wash – May 20, 2014 – Crane Aerospace & Electronics, a segment of Crane Co. (NYSE:CR), has received an EASA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for Crane’s SmartStem® Wireless Tire Pressure System for the Bombardier families of CRJ regional jets, Challenger mid-sized business jets and Global large business jets.
“Maintenance professionals and pilots know the importance of proper tire inflation,” said Rick Jones, Senior Vice President, Sensing & Utility Systems for Crane. “SmartStem was developed as a convenient method to check tire pressure regularly, to ensure safe operations as well as maximize tire life and tire performance.”
EASA approval for these Bombardier aircraft adds to the growing list of certifications for SmartStem Tire Pressure Sensors including virtually all Cessna Citation models, Dassault Falcon 50, and Bombardier Learjet 40/45 and 60. In addition, SmartStem is certified on the Boeing 737NG, 747-400, 777, 787 and Bombardier Q-Series models. Crane is in the process of certifying SmartStem on additional business, regional, and large commercial aircraft.
To fit an aircraft with SmartStem technology, the existing tire inflation valve is simply replaced with a SmartStem Tire Pressure Sensor, which, in addition to serving as the inflation valve, contains special electronics. SmartStem sensors communicate tire pressure, temperature and other stored information wirelessly to a Handheld Reader, making the tire pressure measurement simple and quick while at the same time creating unique data records which can be used as part of a tire management program. In addition, since this information is communicated wirelessly and does not require the removal of the valve cap, no gas is lost during routine tire pressure checks.