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New MIlestone Reached for Aircraft Inerting Systems_Aircraft-in-Service_Parker Aerospace
In 2017 Parker Aerospace’s Fluid Systems Division (FSD) achieved a significant milestone with its industry-leading fuel tank inerting technology and systems capability. The division now has inerting systems installed on over 11,000 commercial aircraft in service across 15 major aircraft platforms.

  Commercial inerting systems

Since entering production on the Boeing 737, 757, 767, and 777 platforms in 2008, Parker’s inerting equipment has gone on to support the retrofit of the Boeing fleet as mandated by the FAA rule that kicked off the commercial aircraft inerting business in earnest. As a follow-on to the Boeing platforms, Parker won the air separation module (ASM) contract for the Airbus fleet of commercial aircraft, the A320, A330, and A340. Later, the A350 XWB was added to the mix, as were aircraft for Bombardier, Sukhoi, and COMAC.  

New MIlestone Reached for Aircraft Inerting Systems - Multiple inerting systems - Parker Aerospace

New Milestone Reached for Aircraft Inerting Systems - 170M proven flight hours - Parker AerospaceParker and its dedicated team have made it possible to reach these milestones over the last 10 years for Parker’s onboard inert gas generation systems (OBIGGS). This milestone also includes greater than 170,000,000 proven flight hours.


A fast-growing pedigree

New Milestone Reached for Aircraft Inerting Systems - 17000 systems within 5 years - Parker AerospaceParker’s installed commercial inerting systems are expected to grow to over 17,000 aircraft in the next five years, as current production continues and new platforms enter service.     

In 2017, Parker’s Fluid Systems Division was awarded the contract by the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) to provide the inerting system on the ARJ-21 regional jet. FSD is already the inerting system integrator for COMAC’s C919 commercial aircraft.









Chengdu Airlines’ first ARJ21 (photo: COMAC)


New Milestone Reached for Aircraft Inerting Systems - COMAC C919 first flight (Photos: Chen Cheng)_Parker Aerospace







COMAC C919 first flight (photo: Chen Cheng)

  The future of aerospace fuel tank inerting

Additionally, the division is actively developing the next generation of aircraft inerting technology. While a leader in today’s membrane-based air separation module technology, the division is also pioneering new catalytic fuel tank inerting for aircraft. This version doesn’t require engine bleed air, as the current technology requires, and can expand aircraft fuel tank inerting to additional aircraft markets that don’t currently apply a fuel tank inerting system.


New Milestone Reached for Aircraft Inerting System_Fluid Systems Brochure_Parker Fluid Systems DivisionTo learn more about Parker Fuel Systems Division products, including fuel and inerting systems, download our brochure.







David BrockmanThis blog was contributed by David Brockman, business development manager, Fluid Systems Division of Parker Aerospace.




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Aerospace Technology Blogs of 2017 Focus on Reliability, Efficiency, Safety and Customer Satisfaction - Aircraft in flight - Parker AerospaceOver the last one hundred years, Parker Hannifin has been at the forefront of technology innovation. In 2017, Parker celebrated its centennial, and the advances made in aviation stand out among some of its most notable breakthroughs. From Charles Lindbergh’s first solo nonstop transatlantic flight, through World War II when the company abandoned commercial operations to focus on the defense effort, to the rapid growth of commercial air travel during the latter half of the twentieth century, Parker has been a leader in aerospace innovation. Today, the world's leading aircraft manufacturers choose Parker Aerospace as a technology partner, relying on our mastery of flight control, hydraulic, fuel, inerting, fluid conveyance, thermal management, pneumatic, and lubrication systems and components.

As we close the door on 2017, let's look back on the year and review how Parker Aerospace continued its trend of aviation innovation by delivering advancements in reliability, efficiency, safety, and customer satisfaction. Here, we've rounded up the top five most-read aerospace technology blogs of 2017.


Aerospace Technology Blogs of 2017 Focus on Reliability, Efficiency, Safety and Customer Satisfaction - Operational Initiatives - Parker AerospaceOperational Initiatives Target Zero Defects and On-Time Delivery

Parker Aerospace is dedicated to continual improvement to assure even greater customer satisfaction and operational excellence. To do this, Parker Aerospace recently unveiled quality and performance initiatives that will drive the company toward zero defects and 100 percent on-time delivery to meet and exceed customer expectations. Read about the improvements in this blog.


Aerospace Technology Blogs of 2017 Focus on Reliability, Efficiency, Safety and Customer Satisfaction - ORACLE TEAM USA - Parker AerospaceORACLE TEAM USA Puts Hydraulic Control System to the Ultimate Test

In competition, sometimes in order to find the edge of the performance envelope, you have to come right up to it or even over it. Read how Parker Aerospace engineered the hydraulic control system on the ORACLE TEAM USA America's Cup racing yacht to perform under the harshest conditions. 



Aerospace Technology Blogs of 2017 Focus on Reliability, Efficiency, Safety and Customer Satisfaction - F_35 - Parker AerospaceSelecting a Thermal Management System Supplier for Aerospace and Defense Applications

Today’s sophisticated aerospace and defense electronic systems are driving significant increases in power densities, resulting in complex thermal management challenges. Whether you are a thermal design engineer looking for an efficient, dependable cooling solution to perform in the most extreme, mission-critical applications, or a program manager focusing on procuring a solution at the lowest risk and lowest cost, selecting the right thermal management system provider is critical to performance and safety. This blog offers important factors to consider when choosing a thermal management system partner.


Aerospace Technology Blogs of 2017 Focus on Reliability, Efficiency, Safety and Customer Satisfaction - PMO of the Year - Parker AerospaceParker Aerospace Honored as a Finalist for the 2016 PMO of the Year Award

Parker Aerospace Group’s firm commitment to program management excellence was validated when its Program Management Office (PMO) team was honored as one of three finalists out of 35 entries for the Project Management Institute’s prestigious 2016 PMO of the Year Award. The PMO Award is an international competition honoring a program management office that has demonstrated superior organizational project management abilities by adding value to its organization through its support of successful strategic initiatives. Read how Parker Aerospace achieved such an honor.



Aerospace Technology Blogs of 2017 Focus on Reliability, Efficiency, Safety and Customer Satisfaction - Parker 360 - Parker AerospaceKeeping Aircraft Fleets Healthy Around the Clock and Around the Globe

In 2016, more than 3.5 billion passengers flew on airplanes. It was the second-safest year on record for air travel. Modern air travel that is reliable and safe is only possible through vigilant maintenance of the aircraft. Parker Aerospace launched a new initiative named Parker360 to provide world-class aerospace aftermarket services. Parker360 promises to help aircraft operators and owners to continuously maintain the health of their fleets globally. Read more about it in this blog.


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Aircraft Lightning Protection Rises to New Heights - Aircraft-Lightning-Strike - Parker AerospaceAircraft lightning strikes occur more frequently than you might think. It’s estimated that on average, commercial aircraft lightning strikes occur every 1,000 hours of flight time or approximately once per year.

When a strike happens, lightning attaches itself to an extremity, such as the nose, leading edge of the wing, or wing-tip, travels along the exterior of the airplane, exits at another aircraft extremity, and continues on to hit the ground.

Up to 1 million volts can be delivered in a single lightning strike. The damage inflicted to the aircraft can vary depending on the duration of the lightning strike, the amount of lightning energy dissipated by the aircraft, and the lightning attachment and exit locations on the aircraft.

  Lightning strike protection 

Today’s aircraft incorporate state-of-the-art composite materials, specialized computer systems, and components that are lighter in weight, and offer better reliability and longevity, but can also make them more susceptible to damage by lightning. These technological advances are prompting regular updates to strict lightning safety regulations, underscoring the priority placed on lightning protection equipment.

Aircraft manufacturers design and continually test their airplanes for lightning strike protection to keep passengers safe and protect sensitive equipment from damage.

A broad array of components and systems designed to withstand, direct, and dissipate the powerful discharge of a lightning strike are required for lightning protection. This equipment must be tested and verified by the manufacturers to meet the stringent lightning protection regulations. 

  Lightning protection testing

Aircraft Lightning Protection Rises to New Heights - Lightning Protection Testing - Parker AerospaceKey lightning protection tests that should be conducted by manufacturers include:

  • Direct effects lightning testing meeting military and commercial requirements: MIL-STD-464; FAA AC-20-53A, RTCA/D0-160, ARP 5416
  • Up to 200 kiloamperes oscillatory current waveform (components A, Ah, and D)
  • Up to 3,000 amperes unipolar current waveform (component B)
  • Photographic and explosive mixture ignition detection
  • Over 2,500 μF at 5kV
  • Over 60 μF at 45 kV


Flame arrestor testing

Flame arrestor technology must be addressed carefully as well. Standards to be met include SFAR88 requirements with flame arrestor technology. Other flame arrestor tests include:

  • Testing per AC 25-975
  • Flame propagation/flame holding
  • Vaporized hexane or jet fuel testing
  • Heated air/fuel mixtures up to 165°F +20/-10
  • Air and mixture flow as high as 18 SCFM
  • Data acquisition software that monitors and collects data requirements
  Aircraft Lightning Protection Rises to New Heights - High Pressure Isolator - Highly Resistive Union - Parker AerospaceInnovative protection for the life of the aircraft

Parker Aerospace has recently introduced the unique-to-market, lightweight, high-pressure isolator (highly resistive union) that protects fuel system components from carrying the high current load of direct lightning strikes, yet allows safe relaxation of static charge developed through the refueling process.



Features include:

  • Engineered to provide exceptional insulation resistance without reducing flow rates or requiring special adaptors or modifications
  • Patented manufacturing process for light weight and compact design
  • Compatible with multiple tube material options, Parker highly resistive unions give aerospace fluid systems application flexibility and ease of maintenance 
  • Available with or without bulkhead flanges


Selecting a lightning protection equipment supplier

When selecting lightning protection equipment and components, aircraft design engineers should consider partnering with a supplier that offers:

  • Years of experience in delivering engineered solutions to the aerospace industry
  • A broad range of safety-certified products
  • On-site testing for lightning, fire, and flammability

Parker Aerospace has been patenting, testing and manufacturing a comprehensive array of lightning-safe components and equipment for more than 70 years. Thousands of active and certified products have been designed to meet, and in many cases, exceed the stringent lightning safety requirements of the aircraft industry.

Parker’s technology is grounded on decades of proven on-wing time and durability through more than 100 million flight hours on most products. Parker’s engineered solutions include:

  • Aircraft Lightning Protection Rises to New Heights - Highly Resistive Union - Parker AerospaceFuel caps and mating adapters
  • Anti-siphon adapters and fuel stainers
  • Flame arrestors
  • Sump drain valves
  • Positive/negative pressure relief valves
  • Gravity fillers
  • Lightning isolation/static dissipation fuel tubes
  • Magnetic fuel level indicators
  On-site testing

Parker Aerospace’s lightning test laboratory offers unique and specialized capabilities that ensure our products provide the ultimate lightning protection, certified to the most stringent commercial and military regulations for lightning, fire, and flammability. Engineers are active members of the SAE A-2 Lightning Safety Committee.

Now, watch this video to learn about Parker's extensive on-site testing capabilities for lightning and fire: 



Aircraft Lightning Protection Rises to New Heights - Fluid Systems Brochure - Parker AerospaceTo learn more about Parker Aerospace products, download the product brochure or visit our website






Aircraft Lightning Protection Rises to New Heights_Glen-Kukla_Parker AerospaceThis blog was contributed by the Glen Kukla, engineering site leader, Parker Fluid Systems Division.






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