Uniontown, Ohio-based Fire Containment Concepts is on hand here at NBAA (Booth 3894) to demonstrate its line of fire-containment bags for lithium-ion batteries. According to the company, its fire-containment product is intended to contain blazes with temperatures of more than 2,200 deg F, as well as a majority of the smoke arising from such a situation. The bags feature an integral fire suppression system that will automatically deploy if a set temperature within the bag is exceeded.
Seating materials and interior products manufacturer Skandia is showcasing here at the NBAA Convention its recently introduced replacement seat foam for 9-g certified business aircraft seating found on older airplanes. Skandia calls its 9G-EC (engineered comfort) foam “a quantum leap in simplifying and reducing the cost” of replacing or refurbishing seats built to TSO-C39 (9-g dynamic certification) standards.
Cabin interior fabric specialist Tapis (Booth 3667) is introducing its latest Ultraleather product developed for use in vertical applications, including aircraft seats. The material can be used with a variety of composite structures and meets all the latest FAR 25.853 requirements in terms of fire resistance, heat release and smoke density.
Two years after selling a majority stake to investment firm Graycliff Partners of New York City, Skandia, which provides seating materials, flammability testing and other interiors products and services to the business aviation industry, is in expansion mode. “We’re looking to grow,” said Jarod Triplett, v-p of the Dawson Junction, Ill.-based company. “I can see us doubling in size over the next five years, with some targeted market recovery as well as the [addition] of some new product lines and services to our portfolio.”
The Japan Transport Safety Board has concluded its investigation into the overheating of the lithium-ion main ship battery aboard a Boeing 787 last year without reaching a definitive conclusion on the cause. However, the report, issued on Thursday, said that “inappropriate” testing might have contributed to the Jan. 16, 2013 incident, which led to a worldwide grounding of the Dreamliner fleet until Ethiopian Airlines resumed service on April 27 that year. It also pointed to low temperatures as a possible culprit due to lithium metal’s tendency to form deposits on a battery’s electrodes in such conditions.
One-hundred octane low-lead avgas (100LL) is on its way out. Despite the fact that studies by the Environmental Protection Agency have failed to demonstrate a clearly higher risk attributable to lead emissions by piston-engine 100LL-burning aircraft, lead is poisonous in any concentration.
Addison, Texas-based aircraft maintenance and charter company Baker Aviation is now the exclusive distributor for the Hot-Stop L fire containment bag. To mark the occasion, Baker is offering a $100 surrender rebate for competing fire containment bags at time of purchase of a new Hot-Stop L lithium-ion fire containment bag. Last year, Baker Aviation announced the free replacement of any Hot-Stop L bag that has been deployed to contain thermal runaway of lithium ion-powered devices aboard an aircraft.
Metallized Carbon (Metcar), a manufacturer of oil-free, self-lubricating, carbon-graphite materials for severe-service lubrication applications, has announced its carbon-graphite bushings are available for use in gear pumps that pump aviation fuel for aircraft engines. The carbon-graphite bushings, which are used to support both the drive gear shaft and the idler gear shaft, are preferred for that application because they can use aviation fuel as the bushing lubricant.
The business and assets of California-based Technical Metal Finishing (TMF) have been acquired by Nasmyth Group as part of that company’s implementation of an international growth strategy. TMF (to be known as Nasmyth TMF) offers a range of metal surface finishing capabilities including precision masking, anodizing and chemical film coatings, passivation, painting and non-destructive testing. According to the Nasmyth Group, TMF complements its four metal-surface-finishing businesses in the UK providing precise, aerospace industry- and Nadcap-approved treatments for metals.
Global aviation fuel supplier Air BP is on hand at LABACE (Booth 1008) to demonstrate its new containerized refueling system (CRS). Known as “the Eagle,” the system is a portable, self-contained unit that can be easily transported by road, rail or water to remote areas.
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