Miche­lin and Safran com­plete suc­cess­ful test of con­nected tyre

An­nounced dur­ing the on­go­ing Paris Air Show, the tyre was tested on a Das­sault Fal­con 2000S


Miche­lin and Safran Land­ing Sys­tems have an­nounced the suc­cess­ful flight test of the first con­nected air­craft tire, PresSense, on the side­lines of the on­go­ing Paris Air Show. The test was suc­cess­fully com­pleted with a Das­sault Avi­a­tion Fal­con 2000S on 13 June at the Istres air base in south­ern France.

De­signed to en­hance main­te­nance op­er­a­tions for air­lines, PresSense is a wire­less so­lu­tion that utilises an elec­tronic sen­sor to ob­serve the pres­sure of air­craft tyres in real-time. As the data is trans­mit­ted wire­lessly, it saves time for tech­ni­cians who no longer have to con­duct a man­ual check on the tyre. The data is eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble via a web in­ter­face.

“This part­ner­ship brings to­gether two world lead­ers from dif­fer­ent mar­kets, namely tyres and air­craft sys­tems. Our two com­pa­nies share the same val­ues and the same pas­sion for in­no­va­tion,” said Jean-Paul Alary, CEO of Safran Land­ing Sys­tems.

“With this pro­gramme, we wanted to pool our tal­ents and skills to ac­cel­er­ate the de­vel­op­ment and time to mar­ket of an in­no­va­tive dig­i­tal so­lu­tion that de­liv­ers ex­cep­tional value to our cus­tomers.”

The ini­tial ground tests of the so­lu­tion were suc­cess­fully com­pleted back in Jan­uary 2019. Fol­low­ing the re­cent tests, the next step will fo­cus on analysing the so­lu­tion’s per­for­mance with flight tests on dif­fer­ent air­craft. The project is ex­pected to carry on well into early-2020.

“Tyres are a ma­jor fac­tor in air­craft safety dur­ing takeoffs and land­ing. With PresSense, we can guar­an­tee the right pres­sure with shorter mea­sure­ments times, un­der any cir­cum­stances and at any air­port or in dif­fer­ent theatres of op­er­a­tion, for civil or mil­i­tary ap­pli­ca­tions,” said Frank Moreau, SVP, Air­craft Busi­ness Line at Miche­lin.

“The con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment of safety is a crit­i­cal part of Miche­lin’s ap­proach to sus­tain­able mo­bil­ity. The first flight of a con­nected tyre is a mile­stone in our his­tory, and we are proud to have shared this mo­ment with our part­ner, Safran.”

The next step will fo­cus on analysing the so­lu­tion’s per­for­mance with flight tests on dif­fer­ent air­craft.

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