Astronics Debuts Dual-mode Cabin Seat Power Outlets

 - October 19, 2013, 11:30 AM
The new Astronics in-seat electric power system puts a variety of PED connections at passengers’ fingertips.

To meet increasing demand for electrical power to keep portable electronic devices (PEDs) operating during flight and charged for arrival, a new in-seat power system (ISPS) is on display at NBAA 2013. The new dual-mode EmPower system was developed by Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Astronics Corp. (Booth No. N5129).

As cabin connectivity and wireless technology fast become standard features on today’s business jets, passengers are looking to use their portable devices in the air the same way they do in their homes and offices.

The new ISPS provides three outputs of AC electrical power and four DC USB outputs (2.1 amps), while incorporating internal safety features such as ground-fault interruption, voltage and current protection, all managed locally by the system. The EmPower ISPS fully complies with FAA power system guidelines and is certified to TSO-C73 standards and is DO-160E compliant. Astronics offers custom external features such as built-in LED lighting and an array of faceplate color and finish options, including gold plating.

The EmPower system supports up to seven seat locations in a single installation and delivers up to 220 watts. Passengers can use and recharge devices using both AC and DC power. A newly designed combination AC/USB outlet provides both modes of power at each seat installation, with options also available for dedicated AC and USB outlets.

Other Astronics subsidiaries exhibiting at NBAA 2013 include Astronics DME, which provides aviation safety and survival products, airfield lighting and logistics engineering; Astronics Luminescent Systems, which manufactures specialized lighting and electronics systems for cockpits, cabins and exteriors; Astronics Ballard Technology, developer of avionics databus interfaces, rugged computers, embedded devices and software; Astronics Max-Viz, developer of infrared enhanced-vision systems (EVS) flying on numerous business and general aviation aircraft; and Astronics PECO, which develops fully engineered and manufactured products for demanding applications.