Thu, Jul 26, 2012
Piper Selects The Batteries For OEM Equipment in Mirage, Matrix, Seneca Aircraft
Concorde Battery has received multiple approvals for a replacement battery for the AW139. The approvals include FAA STC SR03072NY, Transport Canada STC SH11-47 and Brazil ANAC STC 2012S04-04. EASA approval is currently pending. All allow the replacement of the standard nickel cadmium batteries with Concorde’s Sealed Lead Acid Recombinant Gas (RG), Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) batteries. SR03072NY, SH11-47 and 2012S04-04 replace the 27AH Nickel Cadmium auxiliary battery with a RG-407, 27AH sealed lead acid battery, and the option to convert the 44AH Nickel Cadmium starting battery with Concorde’s RG-380E/44L or the higher capacity RG-380E/60L. Some AW139 operators who requested a lead acid option conveyed a concern with slow engine starts using the standard Nickel Cadmium battery. The higher capacity RG-380E/60L is constructed with additional plates and was designed for increased cranking power, faster starts and less engine wear.
Concorde sealed lead acid RG AGM batteries are a more economical solution to Ni-Cd batteries with no maintenance requirements and reduced cost per flight hour. Sealed lead acid technology does not have a memory and does not require unique charging equipment. Concorde’s sealed lead acid batteries are HAZMAT exempt; they are proven safe and reliable with no risk of thermal runaway. Concorde RG Series batteries may be serviced in any battery facility, including nickel cadmium service facilities.
RG-407, RG-380E/44L and RG-380E/60L (pictured) are FAA TSO C-173 approved and have passed the rigorous requirements of TSO testing.
In addition, Piper Aircraft has selected Concorde batteries for new production Mirage, Matrix, and Seneca aircraft. The RG24-17 (Piper P/N 601-919) is now Original Equipment on the PA-46-350P Mirage and the PA-46R-350T Matrix aircraft.
The RG24-17 is a Sealed Lead Acid RG (recombinant gas) maintenance free battery; no water replenishment is ever required. Piper has also released Piper Service Letter 1128 approving upgrades to the increased capacity battery on Piper models PA-46-350P and PA-46-350T with Piper Kit 88495. This kit provides the necessities to transition from all previously certified battery types to Concorde’s sealed Valve Regulated Lead Acid (VRLA) maintenance free battery. Converting to Concorde’s sealed battery ensures no acid spray and no battery box cleanup.
The RG24-20 (Piper P/N 601-923) and RG-132 (Piper P/N 601-924) have been selected as the Original Equipment main and emergency batteries on new production PA-34-220T Seneca aircraft. The RG24-20 is a 19 AH Sealed Lead Acid starting battery and the RG-132 is a 6 AH Sealed Lead Acid auxiliary battery.
Concorde designs and manufactures over 90 models of Original Equipment and direct replacement batteries for fixed wing and rotary aircraft and has a reputation for designing application specific solutions. Concorde batteries are installed as Original Equipment by the majority of aircraft manufacturers and adopted by military aircraft operators worldwide.
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