Other Probes Previously Certified For Boeing Aircraft
Aero-Instruments of Cleveland, OH announced Tuesday that, after
18 months of rigorous testing and evaluation, the FAA has approved
the company's 0851HL-AI Pitot Probe as a replacement part on Airbus
S.A.S. airplanes flown worldwide.
The Aero-Instruments' 0851HL-AI Pitot Probe can now be installed
on the more than 4,500 Airbus A318, A319, A320, A321, A330 and A340
series airplanes in operation worldwide. Each Airbus commercial
aircraft has three Pitot Probes, which are the primary air speed
sensing components on aircraft and are designed with integrated
electrical heaters to prevent icing.
"The FAA's approval of our replacement Pitot Probes for
Airbus-manufactured commercial aircraft is a significant milestone
for Aero-Instruments," said Ryan S. Mifsud, Vice President /
General Manager. "These precision-engineered parts were tested to
very demanding specifications, in accordance with those required by
regulatory agencies and aircraft manufacturers. The ability to
deliver such a high performance product and superior customer
service is a source of pride for our company."
Mifsud said, "Pitot Probes are essential to the safe flight of
all aircraft, and we are delighted to play a role in this very
important segment of the aerospace market. Our products are flying
on tens of thousands of aircraft worldwide because we are able to
provide standard or unique Pitot Probes for virtually every
In granting Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) for the
Aero-Instruments 0851HL-AI Pitot Probe, the FAA concluded that the
part meets or exceeds the agreed upon certification plan, which was
based on the requirements of TSO C-16A, including the icing
requirements outlined in SAE AS393, AS8006, and BS2G.135.
0851HL-AI Pitot Probe
With this new FAA-PMA approval for Airbus-manufactured aircraft,
Aero-Instruments is able to supply replacement Pitot and
Pitot-Static Probes for after-market installation on the majority
of aircraft operated by the world's airlines. Aero-Instruments is
one of only three companies in the world whose Pitot Probes are
approved for Airbus commercial aircraft, and one of only two
companies approved for Boeing commercial aircraft. Aero-Instruments
received its first FAA certification for replacement parts for
Boeing-manufactured commercial planes in 2006.
In addition to offering air data sensors for commercial
airlines, Aero-Instruments manufactures Pitot Probes and related
devices and systems for the general aviation, rotorcraft, defense,
business jet and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle markets.