Corbi Air, importer of Direct Fly’s Alto Light Sport Aircraft, has chosen the Vertical Power VP-X Electronic Circuit Breaker System to manage the electrical system and control the trim and flaps. The VP-X integrates tightly with both the Advanced Flight Systems EFIS and Dynon SkyView EFIS, allowing pilots to monitor the status of individual devices and the entire electrical system right from the EFIS, according to company officials.
The VP-X replaces 80-year-old thermal breaker technology with modern solid-state Electronic Circuit Breakers, company officials explained. ECBs can detect short circuits, over-current conditions, and open-circuit faults. ECBs are intelligent, configurable, and offer capabilities not otherwise available with old-style breakers, officials said, adding, for example, ECBs can detect a burned out landing light or disable the starter circuit while the engine is running.
“We see Electronic Circuit Breakers made by Vertical Power as a modern alternative to the old method of mechanical circuit breakers and complicated wiring,” said Ron Corbi, President of Corbi Air, Inc. “Customers are asking for the latest digital avionics, and we’re always looking for compelling way to provide that capability. The VP-X makes wiring easier for us and allows us to easily offer multiple panel configurations without complicated re-wiring.”
“The VP-X offer a tremendous amount of capability at a very affordable price,” said Marc Ausman, President of Vertical Power Inc. “We’re glad to be working with Corbi Air to expand our offerings in the Light Sport Aircraft market.”