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 tires 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 tire. The data is easily accessible via a web interface.
Commenting on the project, Jean-Paul Alary, CEO of Safran Landing Systems, said: “This partnership brings together two world leaders from different markets, namely tires and aircraft systems. Our two companies share the same values and the same passion for innovation.
“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.
Frank Moreau, SVP, Aircraft Business Line at Michelin, added, “Tires 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.
“The continuous improvement of safety is a critical part of Michelin’s approach to sustainable mobility. The first flight of a connected tire is a milestone in our history, and we are proud to have shared this moment with our partner, Safran.”