New Air Speed Sensors Help Ohio Firm

CLEVELAND (AP) -- An Ohio company is getting a boost from demand for aircraft speed sensors to replace a European-made device under suspicion in the recent Air France crash off Brazil.

Aero-Instruments of Cleveland says it has begun deliveries of an Airbus airspeed sensor certified by the Federal Aviation Administration. Goodrich Corp. also makes a certified replacement.

The Aero-Instruments sensor is certified for Airbus A330s and A340s that operate in the United States and for smaller Airbus aircraft worldwide.

Investigators of the Air France crash in June have focused on whether the external monitors iced over and gave faulty speed readings to computers when the jet flew into a thunderstorm.

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