Eaton Selected by Bombardier Aerospace to Supply Fuel Tank Inerting System for Learjet 85 Business Jet

CLEVELAND … A fuel tank inerting system contract award for the new Bombardier Learjet 85 business jet underscores diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation’s continued growth as a leading fuel-inerting system supplier for the aerospace industry. Eaton will supply the fuel tank inerting system and also support the regulatory process to achieve FAA inerting system certification for the Learjet 85 program. Last year, Eaton successfully completed the industry’s first multi-tank inerting gas distribution system certification process for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

“Eaton’s dual expertise in fuel-inerting system design and certification was instrumental in our selection for the Learjet 85 contract,” said Jerry Smithson, divisional sales director of Eaton’s fuel systems division. “Since the original hydraulic contract award in 2008, Eaton has more than doubled the top-line Learjet 85 program content, which validates Eaton’s global strength in power management and the continued development of fuel-inerting technologies that help improve aircraft safety.”

The fuel tank inerting system enhances aircraft safety by injecting inert gas into fuel tanks to significantly reduce the potential for ignition sources. Earlier this year, Eaton announced that it had been selected by Embraer Defense and Security as the fuel-inerting system supplier for the next-generation KC-390 military transport aircraft. 

On April 18, Eaton’s aerospace facility in Jackson, Miss, received a Bombardier Achieving Supplier Excellence (BASE) award for achieving top supplier performance standards. The BASE program recognizes suppliers that support Bombardier’s strategy “to deliver an amazing customer experience through superior performance,” according to award literature.

In the aerospace industry, Eaton is a leading supplier of hydraulic, electro-hydraulic pump and generator products and integrated systems; engine and airframe fuel pumps; electric motors; aircraft door actuation, flight and flow controls; fluid, fuel and air delivery products and systems; nose wheel steering systems; integrated control systems; cockpit controls and displays; power and load management systems; pressure sensors, seals, and fluid health monitoring products and systems. Eaton serves commercial and military aviation, aerospace, military weapons, marine and off-road markets worldwide.

Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with more than 100 years of experience providing energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power. With 2011 sales of $16.0 billion, Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical components, systems and services for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has approximately 73,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit