8-Apr-2010 Source: Mid-Continent Instruments
Mid-Continentâ€™s cutting-edge lithium battery, the MD835 Emergency Power Supply, recently received TSO certification from the FAA. Rigorous RTCA DO-160 environmental testing and DO-311 testing for Rechargeable Lithium Systems was conducted to receive TSO approval.
â€œThe MD835 features Lithium NanophosphateTM technology, something never-before used in an emergency power supply. We are excited to bring this advancement in aviation to the market,â€ stated Tom Genovese, Director of Sales for Mid-Continent Instruments.
â€œThe AML STC is progressing and expected to be completed within 90 days,â€ according to Brett Williams, Engineering Manager. Mid-Continent is partnering with AeroMech Inc. to seek an Approved Model List (AML) STC, covering a wide range of Part 23 aircraft. The Beechcraft King Air 200 will be used as the baseline certification aircraft.
The MD835 is the industryâ€™s first emergency power supply featuring Lithium NanophosphateTM technology. This alternative cell chemistry offers distinct advantages over standard lead-acid designs including weight, maintenance costs and life expectancy. The MD835 may be used as a direct replacement for older L-3 Avionics PS-835 units.
Weighing only 4.8 pounds â€“ the MD835 power supply is 8 pounds lighter than similar products. Retrofit is convenient and affordable because the 4.5 amp-hour battery system uses the same mating connector and mounts in a standard 1/4 ATR rack. New Lithium technology improves useful life by requiring a bi-annual capacity check as opposed to the traditional 12-month requirement of existing models. The 10-year life expectancy is more than three times that of the nearest competition.
About Mid-Continent Instruments
Mid-Continent Instruments manufactures aircraft instruments for the general aviation industry. Services at the Wichita, Kansas facility include developing and manufacturing new instruments and avionics products, overhaul and repair. Mid-Continent Instruments – West in Van Nuys, California provides new instrument sales and is the top-rated instrument overhaul shop on the west coast. Specialties include gyro, altimeter, HSI and autopilot system overhauls.
Mid-Continent instruments are found in every Cessna-built airplane, Hawker Beechcraftâ€™s line of Bonanzas, Barons, King Airs and 1900 Airliners. Other key customers include GARMIN International, Cirrus, Diamond, Piper, Robinson Helicopter Co., Vulcanair, Eurocopter and Bell Helicopter.