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The SENS4ICE project has launched its website and social media!

2nd August 2019 by

The SENS4ICE project is a research and innovation action funded by the EU through the international cooperation flagship of the Horizon 2020 programme.

SENS4ICE stands for SENSors and certifiable hybrid architectures for safer aviation in ICing Environment and addresses the need for reliable detection and discrimination of icing conditions. SENS4ICE will focus on the development, test, validation, and maturation of the different detection principles, the hybridisation – in close cooperation with regulators to develop acceptable means of compliance – and the final airborne demonstration of technology capabilities in relevant natural icing conditions.

The project consortium unites European and international aircraft manufacturers, equipment suppliers and research/academia with a large variety of technologies that have emerged in recent years. Since icing is a global hazard, SENS4ICE will address this challenge with a global consortium including participants from Brazil, USA, and Russia.

Stay updated on the progress in SENS4ICE – we invite you to visit our website https://www.sens4ice-project.eu/ and follow our Linked In Company Page “SENS4ICE project”!

AeroTex attends SAE 2019 Icing Conference

22nd June 2019 by

AeroTex participated in the 2019 SAE International Conference on Icing of Aircraft, Engines, and Structures, held in Minneapolis from June 17th – 21st. As well as attending the technical sessions, AeroTex gave two presentations: Dr. Ian Roberts presented work on ‘Non-spherical Particle Trajectory Modelling for Ice Crystal Conditions’ whilst Richard Moser presented a study titled ‘Numerical Optimisation of a Helicopter Engine Inlet Electrothermal Ice Protection System’.

AeroTex begins work under EU SENS4ICE project

4th January 2019 by

AeroTex has begun work under the EU funded SENS4ICE project. Under this project, AeroTex will be developing an ice detector which is capable of discriminating the different portions of the aircraft in-flight icing envelope (Appendix C and Appendix O to CS-25). Working together with a number of international partners, under the consortium leadership of DLR (the German Aerospace research centre), the SENS4ICE project aims to improve flight safety in icing conditions.

AeroTex completes 2-week pitot test campaign

11th May 2018 by

AeroTex performed the Trials Management function for a test of a pitot probe at the GKN Aerospace facility in Luton for a commercial customer. The role consisted of planning, running and reporting the test campaign. Three different pitots were tested in both super-cooled water and rain conditions, gathering data on performance in order to support qualification.

AeroTex presents GAINS overview at SAE AC-9C technical committee meeting

24th April 2018 by

Richard Moser from AeroTex presented an overview of the GAINS programme (http://gains.meggitt.com) at the SAE AC-9C technical committee meting held in Destin, Florida. The meeting was well attended by representatives of most of the major organisations involved in aircraft icing in North America, South America and Europe. At the end of the meeting there was the opportunity to have a tour of the McKinley Climatic Laboratory at Eglin Air Force base – a remarkable facility!

AeroTex completes 10-day test of electro-mechanical and pneumatic boot ice protection systems

28th March 2018 by

AeroTex performed the Trials Management function for a commercial customer for a test of two different ice protection systems at the RTA icing facility in Vienna. The role consisted of planning, running and reporting the test campaign. An electro-mechanical system and a pneumatic boot system, provided by commercial companies, were tested on different lifting surfaces in order to assess ice shedding capability under different flight and icing regimes.

AeroTex presents GAINS overview at Clean Sky 2 workshop

22nd March 2018 by

Dr. Ian Roberts from AeroTex presented an overview of the GAINS programme (http://gains.meggitt.com) at the Clean Sky 2 workshop entitled ‘Structural Integration of Ice Protection Technologies’. The workshop was well attended by the key players in aircraft ice protection and there was useful interaction throughout the day.

AeroTex participates in Clean Sky 2 InSPIRe programme kick-off meeting

7th March 2018 by

AeroTex participated in the kick-off meeting for the InSPIRe (Innovative Systems to Prevent Ice on Regional aircraft) programme. The meeting, held at the Leonardo site in Pomigliano d’Arco, Italy, included participation from all partners within the InSPIRe consortium (AIT, Peak Technology, CEST, Villinger and AeroTex) as well as the topic manager (Leonardo) and CIRA. The meeting was an opportunity for everyone to introduce their capabilities to Leonardo and discuss the work programme.

InSPIRe can be found on CORDIS under its Project ID: 785531.

InSPIRe selected as top-ranked proposal for CS2 call

28th September 2017 by

The InSPIRe (Innovative Systems to Prevent Ice on Regional aircraft) proposal, submitted against Clean Sky 2 call H2020-CS2-CFP06-2017-01, was ranked as the top proposal against the call criteria, and will now go into the negotiation phase. The call is for innovative, low-power de-icing systems, with Leonardo as Topic Manager.

The InSPIRe consortium is led by the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT GmbH), with the following partners: Villinger GmbH, PEAK Technology GmbH, CEST Kompetenzzentrum für elektrochemische Oberflächentechnologie GmbH and AeroTex UK LLP.

AeroTex obtains JOSCAR Certification

7th August 2017 by

AeroTex is pleased to announce that the business has satisfied all requirements to become fully registered on the JOSCAR supplier accreditation register.


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