Aviation Battery Systems (ABS) has added a 20-amp-hour ground power unit (GPU) to its StartStick line of portable GPUs. Dubbed StartStick 20, the new GPU will be on display at ABS’s exhibit (Booth 8527) this week at Heli-Expo.
Weighing in at 20 pounds with a compact form factor, the StartStick 20 provides remote starts, avionics updates, and compressor washes for ease of field and ramp operations. StartStick GPUs provide multiple starts of single- and twin-engine helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft before requiring a recharge.
Its GPU/NATO power port connector works with a range of aircraft. StartStick can also be recharged during flight using a 28-volt connection or by a hangar wall socket. A display allows operators to view on-condition data such as the state of charge and other annunciations.
Nearly 2,000 StartStick units are in operation globally, with growing use among air medical, corporate, firefighting, law enforcement, and utility operators.