|Object Name:||Integrated Fuel Management Panel (IFMP)|
|Year of Manufacture:||circa 1998|
|Location:||Archive Object Store|
G.E.C. Marconi Avionics Ltd
Integrated Fuel Management Panel
PN 57-001 01
Ser No 00001
Dsgn Act K0656
For Bench Use Only
Cast into the sides of the unit's casing are the names of the adjacent internal circuit boards: C/PSM-1, C/PSM-2, DDM-1 & DDM-2.
In 1998 Lear Astronics, Santa Monica, Calif., was awarded an $8M contract which included 114 Integrated Fuel Management Panels (IFMP) for the Fuel Savings Management System on the KC-135 (Stratotanker) aircraft. In the early 1980’s the USAF embarked on the Fuel Savings Advisory System for the KC-135 to reduce the crew workload during aerial refuelling. The IFMP was a key part of the system and interfaced directly with the FMC. It contained two independent microprocessor channels, seven segment direct view incandescent displays, a graphic display of aircraft centre of gravity and illuminated Valve switches showing the direction of flow. The units were supplied by GEC-Marconi Avionic Systems and then by BAE Systems. A full description of the system is given in ‘Aircraft Fuel Systems’ by Roy Langton, Chuck Clark, Martin Hewitt, Lonnie Richards.