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.
Congress has passed an omnibus spending bill that keeps the FAA, and other government agencies, funded through September 2015.
Christmas will be a bit more festive for the 460 residents of Tangier Island, a remote fishing village on a tiny spit of land in the Chesapeake Bay, thanks to a group of general aviation pilots.
Daher-Socata has signed a contract with Airbus Group’s VoltAir subsidiary to design, develop, and certify the electrically powered E-Fan 2.0 aircraft.
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