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Meggitt's Breakthrough Long Range Wireless Technology Speeds up Aircraft Tyre Pressure Checks


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

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.


Notes to editors:

About Meggitt PLC

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 leader in aerospace, defence
and energy. Meggitt employs approximately 11,000 people at over 40
manufacturing facilities and regional offices worldwide.

Textron Aviation Inc.

Textron Aviation Inc. is the leading 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.

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