Teledyne Controls has obtained FAA Supplemental Type Certification (STC) approval for installation of its Aircraft Cabin Environment Sensor (ACES) on the Airbus A320 aircraft family. ACES is designed to enable air transport operators to monitor, measure and analyse air quality in the cabin and flight deck. ACES was recently certified for the Boeing 737, and the company says that certification is in progress for other aircraft types.
The ACES laboratory-grade sensor technology is connected wirelessly to a secure cloud service portal, and continuously monitors and records the air quality in the cabin and flight deck for potentially harmful contaminants. The air quality data collected during a flight is available in real‑time on any mobile device through the ACES mobile app, and via secure web access to the ACES Cloud Service Portal. The portal also provides configurable dashboards, custom alerts, and reports that enable the operator to validate the air quality in the airplane, identify emerging issues and document maintenance efforts.
“Unexpected smoke, odour or fume events can result in cancelled flights, expensive maintenance costs and potential health risks to passengers and crew. Although air quality monitoring solutions are available for homes, offices and industrial areas, there is no automatic equipment installed on board most aircraft today,” explained George Bobb, VP of Teledyne Technologies. “Having ACES certified for both the Airbus A320 family and the Boeing 737 aircraft is a significant step forward. It gives airline executives, engineering, and maintenance teams the ability to monitor cabin air quality on a large portion of the world’s aircraft flying today with a solution ready to deploy.”