Mon, Dec 12, 2005
System Reduces Risk of Fuel Tank Flammability and Helps to
Increase Flight Safety
Honeywell has received
FAA certification for its Nitrogen Generation System (NGS) for
Boeing’s 747 airplanes.
The Honeywell NGS or inerting system is based on technology that
reduces the risk of flammability of a fuel tank by injecting
nitrogen-enriched air into the aircraft’s fuel tank. The
nitrogen displaces oxygen within the fuel tank thereby reducing the
risk of a fuel tank fire or explosion.
“With the certification of our Nitrogen Generation System,
Honeywell is continuing its long commitment of providing innovative
safety products for commercial aviation,” said Tim Mahoney,
President, Air Transport & Regional, Honeywell Aerospace.
“We have applied our expertise in thermal management and
systems integration to provide a solution that can be adapted for
new production aircraft or for retrofit onto existing
Using micro fibers,
nitrogen enriched air is produced by separating oxygen from
conditioned engine bleed air through components supplied by Parker
Honeywell is also in the process of certifying Nitrogen
Generation Systems for other Boeing commercial airplanes, and has
been selected to provide a similar system for the Navy’s new
Multi-Mission-Aircraft. The company is currently proposing an
inerting system for a number of other commercial aircraft.
“During flight testing, the world’s first,
production based, commercial nitrogen generation system performed
flawlessly,” said Eric Wendling, NGS Program Manager.
“We now enter our ‘In Service Evaluation’ where
we will continue to evaluate our system as we prepare for full
scale production starting in mid 2006.”
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