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United’s Battery Investment to Improve Aviation Sustainability

  • 8 min read

United has announced an investment in Electric Power Systems, a company producing battery technology that could benefit a wide range of aerospace usages. This marks United’s second investment in electric battery technology, the first being sodium-ion battery-maker Natron.

New FAA SAFO Highlights Vulnerabilities in Lithium Battery Supply Chain

  • 2 min read

The FAA has issued a new SAFO cautioning airlines to confirm Hazardous Materials compliance of lithium battery shipments.

The SAFO specifically names Braille Battery, which manufactures lithium batteries which power racing cars.

The FAA warns that Braille have failed to show proof of compliance to Hazardous Materials Regulations for air transport.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Ban on Planes is Call to Action for Tech, or Should Be

  • 4 min read

News of the FAA’s ban on use of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on aircraft followed shortly after Australian carriers had implemented their own voluntary ban over concerns that some devices have spontaneously ignited.

But while the focus is on problems with the Galaxy Note 7 these incidents are symptomatic of a bigger issue: the inherent violent flammability of Lithium-Ion batteries with which have posed a threat to aviation for years.

Some Progress in Passenger Safety as ICAO Bans Lithium Cargo

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Reuters is reporting that the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has formally banned carriage of Lithium batteries on commercial passenger aircraft. The ban takes effect as of April 1, and would remain in place “until a new fire-resistant packaging standard is designed to transport the batteries,” Reuters reports. ICAO… 

NTSB Finds Crash of Asiana Airlines 991 Calls for More Stringent Controls on Lithium Batteries

  • 5 min read

Shortly after a new SAFO issued by the FAA on the carriage of Lithium batteries, the NTSB calls for stringent regulations of Lithium Ion battery carriage in cargo. The call for greater controls on lithium-ion batteries results from its investigation into the crash of Asiana Airlines 991 on July 2011. The two… 

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