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October 22, 2012
By Ian J. Twombly
Goodbye outdated and unreliable fuel level sender, hello modern and accurate digital version. CIES Corp., maker of a new device that sends fuel level information to the panel through a digital mechanism, says it has earned TSO approval from the FAA.
More than 1,200 units are already flying, most of them from OEMs such as Cirrus. The TSO will make it easier for owners to retrofit the device on aircraft already in the fleet. According to a company representative, STCs are in the works, although it remains unclear if they will be eligible for approval through the master list process, or if they will have to get an approved install on each make and model.
CIES says its float-type digital senders show tank level to an accuracy of within 2 percent, and that there is no risk of electrical issues in the tank. Furthermore, the senders will interact with the JPI 900 electronic engine management system to show quantity.
Aircraft Power and Fuel
Shell announced Dec. 3 the development of an unleaded aviation fuel that will be submitted for certification as a "performance drop-in" avgas replacement.
An Indiana company has secured ASTM approval for a high-octane and unleaded formula that could replace 100 LL.
A small team is aiming to soar to the far reaches of the stratosphere in a specially designed glider that will transport its pilots to a desperately lonely place.
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