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A new, patent pending technology developed by Belite
Enterprises is capable of detecting water in the fuel tank or fuel line.
Through the use of a small patent pending probe and patent pending discernment technology, the new technology discriminates between water and fuel and provides an alarm signal to the aircraft operator when water is detected, even in minute quantities. Furthermore, the technology also provides an all clear indication when the water has passed through the detector.
While doing research on fuel level probes that were pertinent to our avionics, Belite’s President and CEO James Wiebe stumbled across a newer technology that would help solve a decades old safety problem. Continued R&D on this technology has demonstrated that it is useful for real time discernment of fluid types and contamination levels. One of the best uses is that of water detection in gasoline, as that will immediately help prevent accidents and improve flight safety.
Aircraft manufacturers have worked on resolving water contamination issues over the years by providing multiple sump points and by industry wide pilot training and education. Even so, the opportunity for accidents and anxiety caused by water contamination in fuel continues.
The new technology provides a warning signal which may be used in simple applications to trigger an alarm on the instrument panel. In more sophisticated applications, the warning signal might be used to drive automatic tank switching so that water is not fed to the engine.
We believe this technology can be integrated into aircraft systems by aircraft manufacturers to provide pilots with warnings that water is present or in route to the engine from the fuel tank. Water detection probes may be placed, for example, at low points in fuel tanks, or inline (between the fuel tank and the fuel selector or in the engine compartment).