November 6, 2009
By Jill W. Tallman
StartPac, manufacturer of portable starting units for the aviation, railroad, and construction industries, announced two new products Nov. 6 at AOPA Aviation Summit in Tampa, Fla.
The LI2000QC is a compact, portable lithium ion starting unit designed for small- to medium-sized turbine engines. It weighs 30 pounds and is a full 28VDC battery pack. The LI2800QC weighs 46 pounds and is designed for all electrically started turbine engines.
The lithium units provide the same power as lead-acid batteries but are lighter and smaller, said Eve Storm, vice president of operations. Lithium batteries have twice the battery life of lead-acid batteries and can be left in a completely discharged state without causing damage, she said.
AOPA Technical Editor Jill W. Tallman is an instrument-rated private pilot who owns a Piper Cherokee 140.
Nextant Aerospace, adding a remanufactured King Air to its remanufactured Hawker 400 offering, says the King Air (Nextant G90XT) will fly early next year.
Greg Pecoraro, AOPA vice president of airports and state advocacy, brought Indiana aviation community members up to date on the association’s initiatives.
Elbit Systems has upgraded infrared systems that see through darkness and weather for nearly visual landings and takeoffs, as well as taxi operations.
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