Published on February 24th, 2019 | by Mark Dwyer


Irish Company Deliver 40 A380 Auto-Deflat-AerKits to Qantas

Dublin based Kestrel Engineering, have completed the delivery of 40 Auto-Deflat-Aer Kits to Qantas Airways Engineering in Sydney, Australia.  The new kit is a development of the original adjustable kit recently supplied to Singapore Airlines. It is preset in the factory to allow aircraft wheel assemblies to be deflated from operating pressure to 2 Barg (29 PSIG) for the purpose of storage or transportation. The kit also incorporates a unique tamper resistant feature to prevent unauthorised adjustment in the field.

The new kits will be based at Qantas’s home bases and also throughout the world. If you are operating in a major world airport there is every chance that a kit will be positioned there. The kits are available to be preset to reduce operational wheel pressures up to 290 PSIG to any reduced pressure in the range 5 to 100 PSIG. The Qantas kits are standardised at 29 PSIG which is the pressure recommended by Airbus. For example, the equivalent pressure recommended by Boeing is 50 PSIG. The kit can accommodate every wheel valve in the world and includes a special adapter for the A380 wheels.

Kestrel’s kits are used by over 50 airlines around the world. Qantas join a long list of customers including Aer Lingus, Dublin Aerospace, JetBlue, Emirates and Singapore Airlines.

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Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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