Lufthansa Technik is offering two innovative products for private aircraft cabins: a steam generator for steam showers and an on-board oxygen generator. The steam generator, consisting of a steam outlet, a control panel and a refill port for the vaporizer fluid, is self-contained and does not have to be connected to the aircraft’s water system. Aroma oils can also be addedInstalling the steam shower is particularly challenging: overheating inside the steam generator must be impossible, and the shower enclosure must be so well sealed that no steam can escape.
Lufthansa Technik introduced two new products for private jet cabins at ABACE 2014: an aircraft steam generator system and an onboard therapeutic oxygen generation system. The 40-pound steam generator, which does not need to be connected to the aircraft’s existing water system, facilitates installation of steam showers in VIP aircraft. The oxygen generation system, which weighs 66 pounds, provides oxygen continuously via a mask for up to two connections. Either system can be installed in a midsize or larger business jet during cabin outfitting or as a retrofit.
The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) and Argus International have agreed in principle to combine their ACSF Industry Audit Standard (IAS) and Argus Platinum Standard, which is expected to reduce the workload created by multiple audits.
The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) and Argus have reached an agreement in principle to offer the charter and fractional ownership industry a single audit combining both the ACSF industry audit standard (IAS) and the Argus Platinum standard. Under the agreement, Argus will offer an IAS module as an add-on to its proprietary Platinum audit standard. Operators that successfully complete the audit performed against the Platinum standard, including the IAS module, will receive the Argus Platinum rating and be added to the ACSF registry.
Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) and the Geological Survey of India are to deploy a Dhruv light twin equipped with geophysical equipment for mineral exploration. Capabilities include detection of oil, gas and minerals (gold, copper, thorium and other rare earth materials) as well as environmental and nuclear surveillance.
Naasco Northeast (Booth No. 1433) emphasized the availability of its Mercury Mod-Phase Two starter generator upgrade at Heli-Expo 2014 in Anaheim.
“A higher-flow fan brings the cooling air down about 70 degrees lower than the original Mercury Mod, introduced 19 years ago,” Naasco vice president Jim Leslie told AIN. Work began two years ago on Mercury Mod 2, with Naasco working with engineers at Sikorsky on the S-76.
Mid-Continent Instrument (Booth No. 3636) has received FAA and EASA approval for its new True Blue Power TB17 advanced lithium-ion engine start and main ship battery. The TB17 is the first lithium-ion battery to receive certification for general aviation applications. The 16-pound battery is designed for light turbine and piston aircraft and weighs up to 45 percent less than lead-acid or nicad batteries. The company says the TB17 is designed for less maintenance, lower cost and longer life than traditional batteries.
Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (Booth H72) and Geological Survey of India are to deploy a Dhruv light twin helicopter equipped with geophysical equipment for mineral exploration. The dedicated aircraft was formally unveiled and named Garuda Vasudha by the country’s minister of mines, Dinsha Patel, in New Delhi last month. The Indian government is hoping to cut its oil import bill by finding such resources in its soil.
The Rechargeable Battery Association (PRBA) urged the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) in a January 12 letter to promptly complete its review of pending rules designed to bring the U.S. into compliance with ICAO on methods of transporting lithium batteries aboard civil aircraft. Citing the prohibition of lithium batteries aboard passenger aircraft, the PRBA said it sees no reason why the government should delay rule harmonization any longer.
The Japan Civil Aviation Bureau is investigating what caused smoke to pour from a main battery vent aboard a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 on January 14. The manufacturer developed a fix for its lithium batteries after last year’s fleet grounding, so the work now is focused on whether the fix actually worked and prevented a larger fire, or whether the smoke and the associated battery alarms were indicative of some other issue.
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