Mid-Continent’s lithium battery, the MD835 Emergency Power Supply, recently received TSO certification from the FAA. Rigorous RTCA DO-160 environmental testing and DO-311 testing for Rechargeable Lithium Systems was conducted to receive TSO approval, company officials said.
“The MD835 features Lithium Nanophosphate technology, something never-before used in an emergency power supply. We are excited to bring this advancement in aviation to the market,” stated Tom Genovese, director of Ssales for Mid-Continent Instruments, (316-630-0101).
“The AML STC is progressing and expected to be completed within 90 days,” according to Brett Williams, engineering manager. Mid-Continent is partnering with AeroMech Inc. to seek an Approved Model List (AML) STC, covering a wide range of Part 23 aircraft. The Beechcraft King Air 200 will be used as the baseline certification aircraft.
The MD835 is the industry’s first emergency power supply featuring Lithium Nanophosphate technology. This alternative cell chemistry offers distinct advantages over standard lead-acid designs including weight, maintenance costs and life expectancy, company officials said. The MD835 may be used as a direct replacement for older L-3 Avionics PS-835 units.