Mid-Continent Instruments Receives TSO for Lithium Emergency Power Supply

Mid-Continent Instruments Receives TSO for Lithium Emergency Power Supply

8-Apr-2010 Source: Mid-Continent Instruments

Mid-Continent’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.

“The 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,” stated Tom Genovese, Director of Sales for Mid-Continent Instruments.

“The AML STC is progressing and expected to be completed within 90 days,” 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 industry’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 – 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 Beechcraft’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.

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