Chicago-based charter/management provider N-Jet has started using Apple iPads for in-flight display of approach plates. Avionics & Systems Integration Group (ASIG) of Little Rock, Ark., helped N-Jet meet guidance in FAA Advisory Circular 120-76A and Order 8900.1, Volume 4, Chapter 15 and create an iPad test plan that includes depressurization and electromagnetic interference testing. ASIG’s rapid depressurization tests cost $200 per iPad.
Mid-Continent Instruments has received an approved model list (AML) supplemental type certificate (STC) from the FAA for its MD835 lithium emergency power supply. The award is the first FAA Part 23 approval for a lithium nanophosphate battery through the AML STC process. Thirty aircraft are included in the STC, including the King Air 90, 200 and 300 series, Beech 1900, Beech Premier and Cessna Citation 501, 525A/B.
The FAA has published a draft policy (ANM-113-10-004) that could affect the certification of permanently installed rechargeable lithium batteries in Part 25 airplanes.
Major airframers and component suppliers have instituted new research programs and initiatives to develop electric propulsion for light aircraft. The consensus among the participating parties is that battery and motor technology offering similar performance and endurance of small piston engines is roughly 10 years away.
Mid-Continent Instruments' cutting-edge lithium battery, the MD835 emergency power supply, has received TSO certification from the FAA. Lithium nanophosphate is an aviation-friendly type of lithium chemistry that does not have the characteristics of thermal runaway that legacy lithium-ion batteries have, Tom Genovese, director of sales, told AIN.
Hard-to-access places on helicopter engines and airframes are easier to inspect with the proper borescope, and Borescopes-R-Us is exhibiting its new 4-mm portable videoscope at Booth No. 2816. The new Borescopes-R-Us PVS-2-4-1300 portable videoscope features two-way articulation and image-capture capability, for $5,995.
The Department of Transportation released a safety advisory in the Federal Register last month warning of potential dangers posed by carrying lithium batteries on board commercial passenger and cargo aircraft.
Bombardier Challenger 300 operators now have a choice of replacing the jet’s original nickel-cadmium main ship battery with a new Concorde RG-441 lead-acid battery. The FAA has awarded Concorde (Booth No. 2039) a supplemental type certificate (STC No. ST01488WI) for installation of the RG-441 lead-acid battery.
CRS Jet Spares is offering a new low-current/constant-voltage battery trickle charger that can be used to float-charge nicad and lead-acid mainship batteries. According to Armando Leighton Jr., the company’s CEO, the unit is a low-cost way to maintain the charge of batteries in storage or on aircraft so that fully charged batteries are available when needed.