25-Feb-2014 Source: ABS
Leading air medical and offshore helicopter operators Air Methods, Metro Aviation and All American Aviation are implementing StartStick, the aviation industry’s first stowable emergency start battery. Aviation Battery Systems LLC (ABS) developed StartStick and reports recent air medical and offshore placements of this innovative, lightweight battery offering. Louisiana-based Metro Aviation has implemented StartStick at several of its air medical bases across the U.S. ABS also reports Air Methods Corporation plans for field deployment of the product in its fleet operations. With frequent landings at offshore platforms, All American Aviation in Texas also finds StartStick to be mission-essential equipment.
Applications exist across the flight operations spectrum. Arizona’s Quantum Helicopters implemented six StartSticks in its training fleet as the product’s launch customer while Ontario (Calif.) Police Department recently chose StartStick as needed equipment in its aviation program.
ABS will display StartStick at Booth 1426 during the upcoming HAI HELI-EXPO 2014 in Anaheim, Calif.
Scene and rooftop helipad landings by air medical helicopters require frequent shutdowns, leading to need for redundant starter power sources. With this requirement, StartStick addresses helicopter operators’ vital need for mission continuity and mission completion, in a weight-sensitive portable product offering.
This compact, cutting-edge technology provides a redundant power source so that aircraft can reliably launch after each shutdown, no matter how remote the helispot.
Aviation innovator and ABS founder Scott Urschel, also a pilot, sees both the critical need for mission reliability and importance of portable, lightweight power source offerings for helicopters. “Air medical and offshore fleet operators who choose StartStick can take a major step forward in aircraft sustainability away from base,” states Urschel. “Our belief is that, for maximum mission reliability, aircraft should not launch without a StartStick.”
During flight, the unit recharges itself via the utility 28-volt power supply found in most turbine helicopters.
Whether preparing to leave the scene with a critically injured patient or sitting on an offshore platform’s helipad, StartStick is now the ‘Don’t Launch Without It’ component for helicopter operators.
See the StartStick line of aviation battery products at ABS’ Booth 1426 during HAI HELI-EXPO 2014 in Anaheim, Calif. February 25-27, 2014.
About Aviation Battery Systems LLC
Chandler, Arizona-based Aviation Battery Systems LLC provides cutting-edge portable starter battery solutions for rotary and fixed wing aircraft across a range of turbine and reciprocal engines. ABS strives to provide high-performance, lightweight, effective portable power supply options that allow improved aircraft reliability and mission completion confidence. ABS’ affiliate Pylon Aviation and founder Scott Urschel provide a range of aircraft consulting, training and aircraft purchase representation services with a background of several decades experience in the aviation operations industry.
For additional information, visit www.start-stick.com.