The FAA granted TSO approval for LED position and anti-collision lights manufactured by AeroLEDs. The approval means that the AeroLEDs position and nav lights are qualified for installation on all certified aircraft for which they are compatible. The company’s Pulsar NSP nav/strobe/position light, Pulsar N/S nav/strobe and SunTail tail strobe use LED lights with a life expectancy of 50,000 hours and no external power supply. Pilots can comfortably fly with the AeroLEDs lights switched on without worrying about the shorter lifetime of Xenon or incandescent bulbs.
Aircraft Lighting International has introduced an LED reading light bulb that is a direct replacement for 28V DC/AC miniature incandescent halogen lamps.
According to Nick Michelinakis, owner of the Mount Sinai, N.Y.-based company, “absolutely no changes or modifications to the reading light fixtures are necessary.” Other advantages include lower power draw, virtually no heat generation and a five-year warranty.
Emteq recently introduced two new aircraft cabin power products. The IntelliOutlet simplifies installation without need for an external ground-fault interrupter box, relay and circuit breaker. The IntelliUSB is a convenient power charging port for portable electronic devices that use USB charging and has built-in circuitry for 28-volt DC power, eliminating the need for a converter.
Typhoon pilots with Britain’s Royal Air Force will soon be flying with a helmet-mounted system that will significantly increase their situational awareness (SA), particularly in the air-to-air role.
Vision Systems, which is exhibiting at the MEBA show for the first time (Booth No. C714), is displaying its newest offerings in sun protection and in-flight entertainment systems. These include dimmable cabin windows and an all-in-one multimedia electronic unit.
Emteq, a specialist in customized cabin interior lighting, is at the NBAA Convention (Booth No. 4955) to illuminate attendees about the benefits of its new variable white LED lighting system it calls "Daylight."
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.
Luma Technologies (Booth No. 3583) has introduced a suite of integrated LED displays for King Airs. The product is designed to replace aging and problematic incandescent caution/warning panels.
While many in the industry are slashing payrolls, chopping programs and scuttling acquisition plans, business aircraft electronics supplier Emteq (Booth No. 2289) appears to be bucking the trend by making new acquisitions, offering a broader range of products and services, and modestly increasing its number of employees.
LoPresti Aviation received FAA STC approval for BoomBeam high-intensity discharge (HID) lights on the Cessna Citation Excel/XLS. The company’s metal halide-xenon bulbs contain no filament and, as such, come with a 5,000-hour/five-year warranty, LoPresti said. Further, the HID light system draws less power than conventional incandescent bulbs, while at the same time offering five times the brightness of a 100-Watt sealed beam light.