It was at the Paris Air Show in 2011 that Sensichips, an Aero Sekur company (Hall 1 F294), announced it would be developing low-power, microchip-based sensor systems for the aerospace and defence sectors. Applications would include integrity monitoring, robotics and early identification of CBRN (chemical, biological radiation and nuclear) hazards.
Moorpark, California-based Custom Sensors and Technologies (CST)–also known under its Crouzet Aerospace and Kavlico brands–is here at the Paris Air Show (Hall 2B, Stand B40) exhibiting its proximity sensors with remote electronics. The technology–just certified–allows these sensors to work safely in harsh environments and in a smarter way. CST is also showcasing a demonstrator of an electric fault detection system and a better-connected helicopter grip.
Airborne full-motion video technology (FMV) is advancing so fast that the NATO standard (STANAG 4609) cannot keep pace, according to George DeCock, director of international EO/IR sensors, L-3 Wescam. The digital revolution has been closely followed by high-definition TV, uncooled infrared detectors, four-axis stabilization and processing and display innovations.
A novel means of adding surveillance sensors to the C-130 quickly and with minimum modification is on display here at the Dubai Air Show.
Crane Aerospace and Electronics (Booth No. 2810) of Redmond, Wash., is demonstrating its SmartStem system for wireless sensing of tire pressure and temperature. SmartStem uses a sensor built into a tire’s inflation stem to detect pressure, temperature and other stored information. The sensor sends this data to a control unit onboard the aircraft or to a handheld reader.
PCB Piezotronics, a manufacturer of sensors and instrumentation with 40 years experience in the aerospace industry, announced the formation of a new division focused on the aviation and defense markets. The Depew, N.Y. firm specializes in the manufacture of force, torque, load, strain and acoustic pressure vibration sensors.
Researchers at the Birck Nanotechnology Center in Purdue’s Discovery Park and at the Sadeghi mechanical engineering laboratory have developed tiny wireless sensors resilient enough to survive the harsh conditions inside jet engines.
Russian optical sensor specialist UOMZ has steadily increased market penetration with its range of sensor pods and is increasingly perceived to be price-competitive without compromising quality. The company’s strength lies particularly in the development of gyro-stabilized sensor systems.
Eaton Corp. (Stand A919) has developed a new oil indicator sensor that works with a rotary-wing aircraft’s existing chip detection system to accurately determine oil fluid levels in intermediate, tail rotor and main gearboxes. The system works with existing aircraft wiring and features a cockpit caution panel indicator that detects the presence of oil.
Sensor expert Auxitrol (Hall 1 Stand B11) is benefiting from rapid production ramp-up in several engine programs. Products from the Bourges, France-based company are incorporated in the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW610F and PW615F engines, which power the Eclipse 500 and Cessna Citation Mustang very light jets, respectively.