LoPresti Aviation’s “next generation” 85-watt BoomBeam high-intensity discharge (HID) lights, which the company says offer more than 10 times the illumination of standard lights, are now available for Cessna Citations. They are approved for the recognition, landing and taxi lights. The lights, which can be installed at a service center or by operators’ own maintenance departments, carry five-year or 5,000-hour warranty on the kit components. BoomBeam lights for business jets and turboprops carry prices ranging from $7,400 to $30,000, depending on the aircraft model.
Everett, Washington-based BLR Aerospace (Booth 2606) has obtained FAA approval of its LED lighting system for installation in Beechcraft King Air 90s that are equipped with BLR winglets, the company announced at EBACE 2014. Benefits of LEDs (light-emitting diodes) include better reliability, lower power consumption, higher illumination, reduced weight and longer life, when compared to incandescent lighting.
Along with illuminating the runway surface for takeoffs and landings, landing lights are important tools for achieving maximum conspicuity–making yourself easily visible to nearby traffic–especially in terminal and high-density traffic areas. Twin Commander Aircraft is offering a kit to upgrade the twin turboprop’s existing landing lights to new high-intensity discharge (HID) lights.
First-time NBAA exhibitor Specialty Bulb Co. (Booth No. C12639) is small compared to most of its neighbors on the convention center floor, but its size belies its significance. While the Bohemia, N.Y. company, located across the street from MacArthur Airport on Long Island, has only 12 employees and just sells one product, lighting, it does this for everything from Cessna 152s to Airbus A320s and Boeing 747s, to a diverse range of customers from weekend pilots to major airlines.
Los Angeles-based Teledyne Reynolds Lighting & Display (Booth No. C12443) received FAA Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) approval on July 11 for its Alphabeam II LED aviation lights for business jets, which the company is showing here at NBAA 2013 for the first time. The lights are drop-in replacements for incandescent and halogen lamps and require no modification to the aircraft for installation.
PGA Electronic, a specialist in cabin equipment, brought some new technology to the NBAA show and is exhibiting optical fibers for mood lighting, a new reading light and super-thin flat screens.
Emteq was one of the first business aviation suppliers to introduce LED lighting to the private jet cabin, and with the U.S.-based company leading the way, LED has become the standard in cabin lighting, from washroom to cockpit, to reading lights and emergency signage.
Astronics, a provider of advanced, high-performance lighting and electronics systems for the global aerospace industry, has announced a new line of LED landing and taxi lights that consume much less power than the incandescent lights that they replace.
Elbit (Booth No. 376) has announced the launch of a new family of off-the-shelf displays designated ORD-900. They come in three sizes–15-, 12.1- and 10.4-inch diagonal–and all can be used in either portrait or landscape orientation and feature wide viewing angles.
Sandel last month said it has started shipping an upgraded version of its SN3500 EHSI (electronic horizontal situation indicator) that features LED (light-emitting diode) backlighting similar to the technology introduced last year in its larger displays. Providing a brighter and sharper display image, the technology replaces Sandel’s previous backlighting technique with a long-life glass panel rated at 10,000 hours MTBF.
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