In May, Audio International, a DeCrane Aircraft company, and Avtec reached an agreement that allows Audio International to distribute Avtec’s cabin-lighting products in conjunction with Audio International’s in-flight entertainment and cabin-management systems. “This long-term affiliation strengthens the market reach for both companies,” said Avtec marketing manager Nate Breindel.
Heads Up Technologies of Carrollton, Texas, is providing upwash, downwash, aisle and toe-kick LED lighting as standard equipment in Cessna’s Citation X, XLS and Excel production aircraft. Work lights and accent lights in the galley make use of the same technology. The LED system was on display last year in the Citation XLS and Citation X aircraft on static display at the NBAA Convention.
B/E Aerospace has received an STC for after-market installation of direct and indirect LED lighting in the Cessna Citation 500 series. The Citation 500 STC is the latest step in the certification of the company’s LED system. The company has already provided LED lighting for installation in more than 50 aircraft, including Boeing Business Jets, Challengers, Falcons, Gulfstreams, Merlins and Sabreliners.
Emteq is a lighting specialist, but don’t call it “Emteq Light.” The New Berlin, Wis.-based systems integrator and FAA certification specialist is becoming a major player. Most recently it reached an agreement for the purchase of airborne lighting systems specialist Flight Components AG of Bachenbulach, Switzerland.
The slightly worn helicopter searchlight at the Vectorbeam Technologies booth (No. 4101) illustrates not wear and tear from normal operations but the punishment that the unit went through during RTCA DO-160E testing, including lightning tests.
Emteq (Booth No. 3051) has a unique way of seeing things. This time around it’s the company’s new night-vision imaging system (NVIS), upgraded with LED technology.
According to the New Berlin, Wis.-based company, NVIS is designed to provide EMS, law enforcement and search-and-rescue helicopters with more capable cabin/cockpit systems. It is now applicable to dual-mode dome lights, dual-mode wash lighting and flexible strip lighting.
Mid-continent Instruments (www.mcico.com), based in Wichita, has been marketing its 4300 series electric attitude indicator since the middle of last year. What makes the instrument notable is its lead-acid cell array battery backup, which provides up to 60 minutes of operating time in the event of an electrical failure in the aircraft.
Securaplane Technologies and Luminator have signed an agreement to offer a wireless cabin LED lighting system for use in business aircraft and airliners.
The companies expect to capitalize on the growing popularity of the so-called “mood lighting” that allows a change in cabin ambiance through a wireless controller for the shifting of colors and lighting intensity.
B/E Aerospace (Booth No. 528), a leading manufacturer of cabin interior products for both airliners and business jets, is highlighting its lightweight Stratas passenger seat and new flex-arm LED reading light, along with other products, here at EBACE.
In a bid to make airplanes more visible, Honeywell has introduced the Astreon LED (light-emitting diode) aft position light. TSO approval is expected from the FAA in time for a product release early next year. The light is a form-fit replacement for several current Honeywell parts. It complements the Astreon wingtip position lights that have been available since 2003.