SmartStem® Tire Pressure Indication System for Business Aviation

SmartStem® Tire Pressure Indication System for Business Aviation

Revolutionizing Aircraft Tire Pressure Management

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SmartStem technology provides business jet operators with a revolutionary means to check tire pressure by providing convenience, operational autonomy and an assurance of safety that their tires are always properly inflated.

By simply replacing the existing wheel-mounted fill valve with a SmartStem Tire Pressure Sensor (TPS), a  Hand Held Reader wirelessly reads, displays and records the tire pressure for each wheel. 

By ensuring tires are properly inflated, operators have seen tire life extended by up to 67%.

With no need to remove the valve cap to reliably check tire pressure, there is no gas loss, which can often occur from a manual pressure check. Some operators have reported going two months without needing to add nitrogen – while assuring that their tires are safely fully inflated.

SmartStem also helps operators achieve more autonomous operations including FAA approval that permits Part 135 operators to use the system as part of pre-flight check.

SmartStem provides convenience – know your tire pressure with the push of a button!

 

Smart Stem retrofit

1. Hand Held Reader(HHR) communicates wirelessly to SmartStem Tire Pressure Sensor (TPS)
2. Sensor outputs tire pressure, temperature, tail number and wheel position digitally displayed and recorded in HHR
3. Tire data records easily transferred to workstation for later trending analysis (optional)

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What's in a Kit?

The most convenient way to equip your business aircraft with SmartStem technology is to purchase a kit which contains all of the parts and paperwork necessary. 

Each kit is customized by aircraft model and contains instructions for how to register your aircraft and get access to all of the installation documents including STC Letter of Authorization (LOA) and continued airworthiness documentation. 

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SmartStem Business Jet Certifications

Aircraft Models Certification Basis Approved By
Citation 500 STC FAA
Citation 501 STC FAA
Citation 510 STC FAA
Citation 525 A,B,C STC FAA
Citation 550 STC FAA, EASA
Citation S550 STC FAA, EASA
Citation 551 STC FAA, EASA
Citation 560 STC FAA
Citation 560XL, 560XLS and 560XLS+ STC FAA, EASA
Citation 650 STC FAA, EASA
Citation 680 STC FAA
Citation 750 STC FAA, EASA
Embraer Phenom 100, 300 STC FAA, EASA
Falcon 50 STC FAA, EASA
Gulfstream 150, 350, 450, 500, 550, GV, GIV-X, GV-SP STC FAA
Learjet 40, 45, 70, 75 STC FAA
Learjet 24, 25, 28 and 29 Series STC FAA
Learjet 31, 35 and 36 Series STC FAA
Learjet 55 Series STC FAA
Learjet 60 Series STC FAA, EASA
Global Express 5000, 6000, XRS, 7500 STC FAA, EASA, Transport Canada
Challenger 300, 350 STC FAA, EASA, Transport Canada
Challenger 600, 601 STC FAA, EASA, Transport Canada
Challenger 604, 605, 650 STC FAA, EASA, Transport Canada
737NG, BBJ, 2, 3, C TC Boeing: 737 -SL-32-195
Crane: SL83-204-02-01
747-400 TC Boeing: 747 -SL-32-130
Crane: SL83-204-02-01

Complete List of Certifications:

View a complete list of certifications.

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See What Customers Are Saying About SmartStem!

 

“If you saved the airplane from having a low tire and damaging it the payback was instant… In our opinion SmartStem paid back instantly; it’s a safer operation for us, it’s an easier operation.”

“I think it’s tremendous — from somebody who wasn’t very much sold on the idea to a situation where I don’t know what we would do without it. I mean it is just that much of a change for me and our operation.”   

    - Wayne Smith, Maintenance Manager, CommScope, Hickory, NC

 

"We've had SmartStem installed in our Lear60 since November 2010. We've incorporated tire pressure as a task we do as we pre-flight the airplane. We've gone as long as two months without adding air to the tire, so that in itself saves about $100 every time. I think one of the major benefits is the increased safety that you get by the flight crew knowing what the condition of their tires is."  

    - Keith Lorch, Aviation Manager, Chief Pilot Red River Resources, Phoenix, AZ

 

“Prior to going to a continuous checking process, we were seeing our tires wear out at around 150 to 175 cycles. We’ve now had main gear tires that have gone 293 cycles, operating in and out of a 3,500 foot runway." 

    - Jad Donaldson, Chief Pilot Avfuel Corporation, Ann Arbor, MI     

 

“The single most important thing to prevent over-deflection and tire-related events is: Proper Tire Inflation. There are devices out there that that you can use to make it easier. For example, Crane Aerospace & Electronics has SmartStem, which is a pressure sensing valve stem with a wand for checking, makes it a lot easier.”  

   - Keat Pruszenski, Engineer Retired from Michelin Aircraft Tires

 

“The technology provides numerous benefits including reduced maintenance costs, improved convenience, and automatic tracking of tire pressure checks – adding an extra measure of safety and extending tire life. It is also designed to be easily retrofitted on existing aircraft since it is compatible with all standard tire maintenance equipment.”

   - Dassault Falcon Jet Corp. Monday, October 29, 2012 - Dassault Falcon Offers SmartStem® Wireless Tire Pressure System on Falcon 50 Aircraft    

 

"All the negative aspects of using a tire gauge have been removed - things like the loss of nitrogen when we check tire pressures, debris entering the stem when you check it, or unseating the valve stem and having it not seat properly and losing tire pressure that way.”

   - Kevin Hanlon, Pilot Red River Resources, Phoenix, AZ

 

Contact Information/Reference SmartStem Customers

Jad Donaldson, Chief Pilot Avfuel Corporation  jdonaldson@avfuel.com

Cliff Jenkins, Director of Aviation Milliken & Company  cliff.jenkins@milliken.com

Keith Lorch, Aviation Manager, Chief Pilot Red River Resources  keithlorch@cox.net

Kevin Hanlon, Learjet 60 Pilot Red River Resources  kevinhanlon@cox.net

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Frequently Asked Questions

 

  • On which aircraft can SmartStem TPS be installed?
    A complete list of aircraft on which SmartStem TPS are certified can be found on the Certifications tab.

 

  • What is the basis of certification?
    Details of the certification basis by aircraft model is found in the table on the Certification tab. On some aircraft SmartStem is certified through a TC modification executed by the aircraft OEM; on other aircraft SmartStem is certified through an STC.

 

  • Does one need to replace the tires or have the wheel non-destructive tested prior to installation of SmartStem TPS?
    No – there is no requirement to replace tires or NDT the wheels prior to installing SmartStem TPS. Please refer to your wheel CMM to determine the requirements for wheel rebalancing and whether or not it is required following installation of SmartStem TPS.

 

  • How long does it typically take to install SmartStem TPS? 
    On the line or in a hanger, it takes approximately two hours, including nose wheel rebalancing. The aircraft will need to be jacked up, tires deflated, valve stem removed, SmartStem TPS installed, and tires re-inflated. SmartStem TPS can also be installed in the wheel shop by replacing the standard fill valve during tire servicing.

 

  • Do SmartStem TPS contain a battery for communicating with the HHR?
    No – SmartStem TPS are passive devices that do not contain a battery. When installed as part of a retrofit, they are interrogated by the handheld reader which couples a signal to the TPS similar to RFID technology. SmartStem TPS are not transmitters.

 

  • Does one have to remove the valve cap on the SmartStem TPS to check tire pressure?
    No – when using the handheld reader, the valve cap on the SmartStem TPS does not need to be removed. However, since the SmartStem TPS has an integral fill valve, a traditional mechanical tire pressure gauge can be used if the handheld reader is unavailable.

 

  • Are SmartStem TPS compatible with standard tire inflation equipment?
    Yes – simply remove the valve cap on the SmartStem TPS and attach standard fill equipment when required for tire servicing. 

 

  • How accurate is SmartStem technology?
    SmartStem TPS are accurate to within +/- 2.5 PSI between -20 to +125C.

 

  • Is any periodic calibration required?
    No - neither SmartStem TPS nor the handheld reader ever needs to be calibrated. The Hand Held Reader does have a sensor for measuring atmospheric pressure which can be checked – but this is not required. 

 

  • Will the Hand Held reader work on more than one aircraft?
    Yes. The Hand Held Reader will read and store data from any aircraft with SmartStem TPS installed.  The data records can also include the tail number and wheel position so the tire pressure data can be easily analyzed.

 

  • How does one download tire pressure data records from the Hand Held reader?
    Up to 10,000 unique data records containing tire pressure, temperature, date and time – as well as tail number and wheel position, if programmed – can be easily downloaded from the handheld reader via wireless means or via USB. 

 

  • Can spare SmartStem TPS or the Hand Held Reader be purchased separately?
      Spare parts can be ordered directly from Crane.

 

  • Warranty:
    SmartStem TPS have a 3 year warranty from Crane ship date; the Hand Held reader has a 1 year warranty from Crane ship date.

 

  • How many aircraft are currently outfitted with SmartStem TPS?
    More than 1000 aircraft are fitted with SmartStem systems worldwide & over 20,000 SmartStem TPS are in the field today.

 

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Registering Your SmartStem

After you have purchased a SmartStem system, please register your products using the link below.

SmartStem Product Registration

Registering your SmartStem system will enable you to download a copy of the STC, LOA and other necessary paperwork to permit installation of SmartStem TPS on your aircraft.  Please note that only the documents within the CCL labeled as “Descriptive Data” are required and are available for download.

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