Parker to measure fuel in Airbus

Airbus has selected the Electronic Systems Division of Parker Hannifin Corporation to provide the fuel measurement and management systems for the Airbus A380.

Airbus has selected the Electronic Systems Division of Parker Hannifin Corporation to provide the fuel measurement and management systems for the new A380, the world’s largest airliner.

For the New York-based division of Parker Aerospace, the program has a potential revenue value of $200 million, including original equipment sales to Airbus and aftermarket spares and services to the airlines over a 20-year period. The fuel measurement system accurately gauges the fuel quantity in the tanks located in the aircraft wings, fuselage, and horizontal stabiliser.

This information is computed by the aircraft integrated modular avionics (IMA) suite. The fuel management system, controlled from within the IMA suite, monitors the distribution of fuel while commanding pumps and valves of the aircraft’s fuel system to provide the functions of fuel transfer, centre of gravity (CG) control, and refuel.

The Electronic Systems Division will design and produce all the in-tank sensors and harnesses, associated avionics, and measurement and management software for the A380. Parker’s Electronic System Division also supplies the fuel measurement and management system for the Airbus A340-600, currently in flight test.