Parker Aerospace’s Advanced Systems Contribute to Successful Flights of
Bombardier’s CSeries Aircraft
Parker Aerospace congratulates Bombardier Aerospace on the successful start of
the flight test program for the CSeries aircraft on which Parker provides
flight control, hydraulic, fuel, and fuel tank inerting systems
CLEVELAND -- November 5, 2013
Parker Aerospace extends its congratulations to Bombardier Aerospace upon the
company’s successful start of the CSeries* aircraft’s flight test program.
Parker provides four key systems on the CSeries, including flight control,
hydraulic, fuel, and fuel tank inerting. The CSeries flew for the first time
on September 16, 2013.
As a systems provider, Parker Aerospace is responsible for architecture
development, system sizing and analysis, equipment development and
qualification, and integration testing supporting overall aircraft
certification for all four systems.
“We congratulate Bombardier as it celebrates the exciting start of the CSeries
aircraft’s flight test program,” remarked Parker Aerospace President Roger
Sherrard. “Parker is proud to support this new family of aircraft with four
systems and believe our advanced technologies will help to make the CSeries
aircraft a strong competitor in the marketplace.”
Parker’s fly-by-wire flight control system is a complete, stick-to-surface
system. Fly-by-wire flight controls replace earlier, more conventional
hydro-mechanical flight control systems that use a series of pulleys and or
rods that directly control flight surfaces. Parker’s fly-by-wire system
provides easier installation and increased functionality. With fly-by-wire
flight control, pilot inputs are interpreted by sophisticated on-board
computers to ensure that the signals being sent to the control surfaces
optimize the aircraft’s performance.
Parker Aerospace Control Systems Division Vice President and General Manager
Frank Dubey commented, “Parker is honored to have developed the complete
fly-by-wire flight control system for the CSeries aircraft. Parker’s advanced
systems integration laboratory was used to evaluate system performance,
helping to control cost and reduce development time and overall risk.”
Parker Aerospace is responsible for the design and manufacture of the CSeries
aircraft’s hydraulic system, providing the functions necessary to power and
control the airliner’s flight control system, landing gear and steering
system, and thrust-reverser system. This is Parker’s fifth major hydraulic
system platform jointly developed with Bombardier Aerospace.
Parker Aerospace has also designed the fuel system for the CSeries aircraft.
Parker supplies equipment that provides multiple functions for the aircraft’s
fuel system, including refueling and defueling, transfer, engine feed, fuel
tank venting, and fuel quantity measurement. As the fuel system supplier,
Parker Aerospace is responsible for architecture development, system sizing
and analysis, equipment development and qualification, and integration testing
that supports overall aircraft certification.
Parker Aerospace’s fuel tank inerting system uses air separation modules with
patented fibers that generate nitrogen-enriched air by removing the oxygen
molecules from an air source and distributing the remaining nitrogen to all
aircraft fuel tanks.
As the system supplier, Parker Aerospace has applied proprietary tools for
inerting system sizing, analysis, and integration testing that supports
overall aircraft certification.
Parker Aerospace provides systems on many Bombardier aircraft platforms,
including the Challenger*, Learjet* and Global* business aircraft, as well as
the CRJ* NextGen* and Q400* NextGen commercial aircraft.
*Trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.
Alison Dittmeier, Media Relations & Communications Manager
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