It has long been warned by FAA, water contamination of aircraft fuel system has always been and still is one of the main reason for power failure of aircraft engine.
Belite RADIANT Technology has come out with a new product that warns pilots of water contamination or fuel exhaustion.
According to company officials, the new RADIANT fuel / water discriminator will alert the pilot or a vehicle operator instantly if the fuel line has liquid water or is empty.
The product, which is still waiting technology patent, is installed in fuel line. In the event of fuel exhaustion in one tank, a pilot is alerted to switch tanks. An immediate and positive indication is also provided in case the fuel line has liquid water.
The product is installed using the standard curbing barb adapters. It has two output lines and requires a power source. One line remains active till there is normal fuel in the line. In case no fuel is detected in the line it becomes inactive.
The second line will become active only when water is detected.
There are three lighted indicators in a typical panel installation for each fuel discriminator.
Presence of water – red LED
Absence of fuel – red LED
Presence of fuel – green LED
Company officials stated a prebuilt indicator display head is offered by Belite for ease of installation. Sensors never come in physical contact with the liquid and therefore provides more safety to installation.
The material used to build the fuel sampling tube within the device is impervious to most known liquids. It is able to withstand temperatures +400 degrees to -100 degrees Farenheit and a maximum pressure of 300 psi at 72 degrees.
According to James Weibe, Belite CEO, the product is expected to last a lifetime in normal circumstances and does not require maintenance. It has a one year warranty, though.
Weibe stated that for years he had been working on new approached to fuel measuring system and this product has been a significant achievement. A number of accidents and deaths occur every year due to water in fuel and this product will alarm pilots of a danger.
The company expects some pre-order soon at BeliteAircraftStore.com. Shipment of the product is expected to start from the fourth quarter of 2017.
The pricing of this product is as follows:
Fuel Only Discriminator Kit: LED display head with 3 discriminator along with a twelve foot wiring harness for every discriminator (without water detection Part RFWD – 033) – $699.95.
Fuel Only Discriminator Kit: LED display head with 3 discriminator along with a twelve foot wiring harness for every discriminator (with water detection Part RFWD – 032) – $999.95
Fuel Only Discriminator (water feature not included Part RFWD – 031) – $199.95
Fuel / water LED display head (Part RFWD – 020 for 2-1/4 instrument hole) – $99.95
Fuel / water discriminator with 1/4” ID line (Part RFWD – 030) – $299.95
This product will also be offered in other versions for different styles and sizes of fuel types, fitting types and for other markets. The product will also be available for automobiles and diesel trucks and jet fuel.