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United States : PHOENIX Heliparts associates with True Blue Power to verify Lithium-ion Main Ship Battery for Rotorcraft.

Phoenix Heliparts (PHP) is happy to declare its association with True Blue PowerA, a division of Mid-Continent Instrument Co. Inc., to follow a series of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 27 Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) for the installation of the True Blue Power TB17 Advanced Lithium-ion Battery into many of the airframes PHP supports. Originally STC certification plans for the TB17 comprise the MD Series helicopters, with expected completion in early 2016.

Tina Cannon, PHP President said, The TB17 is a main ship battery that provides significant weight savings when compared to older, lead-acid and NiCad batteries. It requires less maintenance, offers cooler engine starts, faster recharge rates, and better cold weather performance . PHP and Phoenix Heli-Support service an extensive range of military, commercial and private aircraft including, Bell, MD, and Airbus helicopters. Cannon said, Our customers need every ounce of useful load . The weight savings alone is tremendous. It translates into more fuel and equipment on board.

Slater said, As the number of True Blue Power s certified lithium-ion products continues to grow, the incorporation of this advanced technology by airframe manufacturers, maintenance and modification centers gains momentum, explained Rick Slater, True Blue Power Division Manager. Phoenix Heliparts was quick to identify that the significant weight savings, desirable operational characteristics, and reduced maintenance costs are ideal for the rotorcraft market. We re thrilled to be working with PHP. Completing this series of Part 27 STCs is the first step in delivering this important technology to their wide-reaching customer base .

The TB17 Advanced Lithium-ion Battery make use of a proprietary NanophosphateA Lithium-ion cell chemistry that provides superior energy density, delivering 3 times the energy per kilogram when compared to lead acid. True Blue Power products are engineered to offer an overall lower cost of ownership with 50 to 90 % less scheduled maintenance cost. This is the result of improved durability, two-year maintenance intervals, efficient engine starts and gaining two to three times longer useful battery life.

The TB17 Advanced Lithium-ion Battery will be on display at the Phoenix Heliparts Booth No. 2059 and the True Blue Power Booth No. 712 throughout the Helicopter Association International (HAI) Heli-Expo, March 3-5 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

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Date:Feb 28, 2015
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