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Hydro-Aire - Burbank, California
Burbank, California, USA
Crane started the antiskid industry in 1946 with development of the Hydro-Aire Hytrol Mark I antiskid system for the Boeing/USAF B-47. From that initial installation, Crane has continuously designed and developed more refined and sophisticated, high performance analog (Mark II and III), digital (Mark IV) and brake-by-wire (Mark V) systems for the majority of the worlds aircraft fleets.



Hydro-Aire products provide our customers with:



Fact Sheet

Location Burbank, California, USA
Year Founded 1943
Year Acquired by Crane Co. 1951


Product/Market Focus

Hydro-Aire products lead the industry with:


  • brake control systems across all market segments and aircraft sizes. All elements of the brake control system – wheel speed sensors, hydraulic valves and manifolds, electrohydraulic servo valves and electronic control boxes – are manufactured in Burbank.

  • a world-class simulation capability to enable initial airplane configuration and conceptual design through to successful flight-test support.

  • a range of aviation fuel pumps.

  • a highly experienced team in an on-site FAA/JAA repair station.

Over the years, Hydro-Aire brake control products have been selected and specified for the majority of applications in all Aerospace market segments (Commercial, Regional/Commuter, Business, and Military) including the evolving Military Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle (UAV) sector. The experience gained, with more airframes, brakes, materials and landing gear than any other supplier, provides the expertise to solve problems, and provide the best, most adaptive, safe and reliable antiskid, autobrake, and brake control systems and solutions.


Crane brings more experience, expertise, and excellence to the aircraft or landing gear team than any other brake control supplier. The result is on-time delivery of a quality product that ensures improved stopping performance and higher landing weights with shorter certified stopping distances.