EuroTec Vertical Flight Solutions
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Vertical Flight Solutions (VFS) by EuroTec in Eudora, Kansas, has received TCCA approval for the installation of the ultra lightweight True Blue Power TB17 lithium-ion main ship battery on Airbus H125/AS350 series helicopters. The battery integration requires no structural work and includes an NVIS-compatible cockpit annunciator. Additional approvals, including FAA and EASA, are expected to follow.
“Lithium-ion technology is the next generation of aircraft batteries,” says Adam Boyko, avionics manager for EuroTec. “As aircraft technology and avionics advance, we are pleased to offer a main ship battery solution that follows suit. The popular Airbus H125/AS350 helicopter was the next logical step to integrate with our proven design.”
The TSO-certified TB17 lithium-ion battery provides significant operational and performance advantages to Airbus H125/AS350 owners and operators including reduced weight and increased useful load: 52% lighter than nickel-cadmium (NiCad) alternatives and 62% lighter than lead-acid alternatives; faster, cooler engine starts: Higher nominal output voltage results in more reliable and efficient turbine starts; significantly reduced maintenance and operational costs: eight-year (average) useful battery life, simplified, two-year maintenance intervals and reduced replacement intervals; superior high temperature and cold weather performance; and intelligent battery status communication to the cockpit
“EuroTec customers value our batteries ease of installation, proven safety, state-of-the-art monitoring system and their ability to eliminate cold weather problems,” adds Erik Ritzman, director of True Blue Power. “EuroTec continues to build a growing list of True Blue Power battery upgrade STC kits. In addition to the Airbus H125/AS350 and H130/EC130, STCs for the Airbus H135, Leonardo 109 and Bell 407 series helicopters are in development.”