California-based Concorde Battery has been in business since 1979 and designs and manufactures more than 90 models of original equipment and direct replacement batteries for both the fixed- and rotary-wing markets.
Its manufacturing facility is fully qualified under the FAA’s parts manufacturer approval (PMA) process. The manufacturer also satisfies technical standard order (TSO) C173, meaning the batteries are qualified as an airworthy component and can be installed in any aircraft by showing that the requirements (certification basis) of the specific aircraft model are met by the TSO’d battery.
Concorde’s batteries are installed as original equipment on airplanes made by Cessna, Piper, Bombardier, Dassault, Hawker Beechcraft and Pilatus, as well as on American Eurocopter helicopters. In all, Concorde supplies 53 OEMs around the world with either original or optional battery equipment, according to Skip Koss, vice president of marketing. The company has also supplied batteries for military aircraft such as the F/A-18 Hornet, C-130 Hercules and even the F117A Nighthawk stealth fighter.
Since the Persian Gulf War the U.S. military has converted 85 percent of its aircraft fleet to use valve-regulated lead-acid aircraft batteries because of their simplicity and their no-maintenance logistics.
Concorde’s valve-regulated aircraft battery provides the customer with a no-maintenance, nonspillable, high-reliability battery designed to replace existing nickel-cadmium and lead-acid designs. Another plus for the type is that valve-regulated batteries may be shipped without a hazmat classification and can be transported as air cargo without restriction, Koss told AIN.
Not content with providing off-the-shelf products, Concorde (Booth No. 985) has gained a reputation within the industry for designing custom solutions to meet specific applications.–C.E.