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7-23-12 Concorde Battery Receives QPL Approval for F-16 Aircraft Batteries

M8565 19 1BConcorde Battery Corporation’s F-16 Pre-Block 40 and Block 40/50 aircraft batteries have been approved for the Qualified Product Listing.

Concorde’s D8565/19-1 pre-block 40 and D8565/20-1 Block 40/50 aircraft batteries are drop in replacements for existing lead acid batteries in the wheel-well installation.


The D8565/19-1 (NSN 6140-01-458-4863) is a heated battery rated at 15Ah and D8565/20-1 (NSN 6140-01-492-0227) is a non-heated battery rated at 17Ah. Both are valve regulated sealed lead acid (VRLA) batteries. Air Forces around the world have depended on the reliability of Concorde’s VRLA technology for over 30 years. Concorde batteries were installed on the F-117 when it was unveiled to the public and continue to be installed on multiple military aircraft including the CH-53, F/A-18, C-130, S-3 Viking, CH-47, C-5, KC-135, F- 4, F-5, T-38 and B-1B.

M8565 20 1BConcorde’s superior performance can be attributed to unique design features such as proprietary PolyGuard® separators (an additional layer of protection against shorting, exclusive to Concorde) robust plate construction, over the cell wall intercell connections for reduced internal resistance and a commitment to quality standards. Concorde’s VRLA batteries are maintenance free, do not require deep cycling to remove the “memory effects”, do not require water or electrolyte replenishment and have no risk of thermal runaway. Additional benefits of Concorde batteries are that they do not require unique charging equipment, can be serviced in any battery shop, including nickel-cadmium shops, and they ship Hazmat Exempt making transportation less costly, regardless of whether shipping by land, sea or air.

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 manufactures and adopted by military aircraft operators worldwide. Manufacturing Military and Commercial TSO, FAA-PMA and OEM certified aircraft batteries for over 30 years.


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5-11-12 Concorde Battery Announces Agusta AW139 STC with US, Canadian and Brazilian Validations to replace Nickel Cadmium with Sealed Lead Acid Batteries

AW 139WEST COVINA, CA – Concorde Battery is pleased to announce AW139 FAA approved STC SR03072NY, Transport Canada approved STC SH11-47 and Brazil ANAC STC 2012S04-04* replacing 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 are FAA TSO C-173 approved and have passed the rigorous requirements of TSO testing.

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.

Manufacturing military and commercial TSO, FAA-PMA, and OEM certified aircraft batteries for over 30 years.

* EASA approval is currently pending.

 

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5-17-12 Concorde Battery’s Phenom 100 STC Receives Brazilian Validation

RG 390EWest Covina, CA -- Concorde is pleased to announce that the popular Embraer 500 (Phenom 100) FAA approved STC SA01633WI has received ANAC validation in Brazil.

SA01633WI replaces the existing lead acid batteries with two of Concorde’s popular RG-390E, 28 AH sealed lead acid, Recombinant Gas (RG®), Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) batteries. The RG-390E is original equipment on many corporate aircraft with excellent cranking power and proven reliability. Concorde’s superior performance is the result of unique design features such as proprietary PolyGuard® separators that prevent shorting, robust over the top intercell connections that minimize internal resistance, handcrafted manufacturing, and meticulous quality control. Concorde batteries have been proven reliable, durable and safe for over 30 years.

RG-390E is a plug in replacement for the OE lead acid. No modification to the aircraft is required.

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 manufactures and adopted by military aircraft operators worldwide.

Manufacturing Military and Commercial TSO, FAA-PMA and OEM certified aircraft batteries for over 30 years.

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2-9-12 RG-224 Higher Capacity Option for the Bell LongRanger

WEST COVINA, CA –
RG 224Concorde Battery is pleased to announce certification of the higher capacity RG-224 for the Bell LongRanger. Concorde’s sealed lead acid recombinant gas (RG®), absorbed glass mat (AGM) RG-224 is a 24Ah battery designed for improved performance and longer life in demanding applications. Many users are getting superior performance with the current 17Ah RG-222 however, the RG-224 was developed for customers with higher cyclic applications in mind.

RG-224 is FAA TSO C-173 approved and has passed the rigorous requirements of TSO testing. The RG-224 can be installed in Bell LongRanger models using Falcon Crest STC No. SR09069RC.

RG-224 is a plug in replacement for the OE Ni-Cd or previously installed RG-222. No modification to the aircraft is required. This is the most powerful battery available as a plug in replacement.

Concorde sealed lead acid recombinant gas (RG®), absorbed glass mat (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 RG® Series batteries may be serviced in any battery facility, including nickel cadmium service facilities.

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.

Manufacturing Military, TSO, FAA-PMA and OEM certified aircraft batteries for over 30 years.

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10/7/11 - Concorde Battery Announces Six New STC`s

WEST COVINA, CA -- Concorde is pleased to offer a “Premium Option” of batteries that have passed rigorous TSO C-173 testing for duty cycle, electrical performance, temperature extremes, shock/vibration and environmental requirements with the benefit of maintenance free, recombinant gas (RG), sealed lead acid, absorbent glass mat (AGM) technology.

ATR 42 Series & ATR 72 Series, STC No. ST03930AT has been FAA approved to replace the nickel-cadmium main battery with Concorde’s TSO approved RG-380E/44 (OE on many corporate aircraft) and the nickel-cadmium emergency battery with Concorde’s TSO approved RG-42. FAA-PMA Approved Supplement No. 97.

Boeing 737-600, -700, -800, -900 Series, STC No. ST03932AT is FAA approved to replace the nickel-cadmium emergency power and APU batteries with Concorde’s TSO approved RG-380E/60B & TSO approved RG-42. FAA-PMA Approved Supplement No. 96.

Bombardier DHC-8-100, 200, 300, 400 Series, STC No. ST01643WI is FAA approved to replace original equipment nickel-cadmium batteries with Concorde’s TSO approved RG-380E/44 and RG-380E/60L. The STC allows for the replacement of the main battery, auxiliary battery or standby battery, a mixture of the batteries or all of the batteries. FAA-PMA Approved Supplement No. 95.

Embraer EMB: 500 (Phenom 100), STC No. SA01633WI is FAA approved for Concorde’s TSO approved RG-390E (OE on many corporate aircraft) to replace original equipment lead acid batteries #1 and #2. FAA-PMA Approved Supplement No. 94.

Learjet 40/45: Global Aviation Technologies’ STC No. ST01639WI is FAA approved to replace the emergency battery with Concorde’s TSO approved RG-145-2. RG-145-2 was developed at the request of Global Aviation Technologies as a higher capacity heated battery option. FAA-PMA Approved Supplement No. 93.

MD Helicopters: MD-900 STC No. SR03895AT is FAA approved to replace the nickel-cadmium main battery with Concorde’s TSO battery RG-407.

Concorde’s staff has over 150 years of battery manufacturing, engineering and aircraft system experience and has played key roles in developing International, FAA and Mil Spec aircraft battery standards. Concorde’s proven technology has been adopted for use on military and installed as OE or direct replacements on civil aircraft worldwide since 1987.

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09/11 Concorde Battery Excels in Aviation Consumer Comparison Study

aviation consumerConcorde batteries were put to the test by Aviation Consumer, an independent publication that reports unbiased results on product performance. This year`s evaluation included head to head tests comparing Concorde`s sealed lead acid recombinant gas (RG) technology to traditional flooded lead acid batteries. The article includes results from a “General Aviation Community” survey with user opinions of sealed and flooded lead acid battery performance in the field.

Concorde once again outperformed the competition and survey results showed that Concorde batteries are now in the majority of General Aviation aircraft. A representation of Concorde`s proven reliability.


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3/28/11- New Parasitic Load Test Adaptor from Concorde

parasitic load test adaptorNew Aircraft Battery Parasitic Load Tester from Concorde Concorde Battery Corporation has released a new Parasitic Load Tester Adaptor (PLTA) to measure the parasitic load / drain on aircraft batteries when the master switch is off and the aircraft is inactive. The adaptor is designed to mate with a MS3509 style quick disconnect receptacle. This innovative PLTA was conceived and engineered in response to concerns in the aviation community about the effect of parasitic loads / drains on battery capacity, state of charge, airworthiness and battery life.

A parasitic load is a small, continuous flow of DC current that takes power from the battery when the master switch is off. Parasitic loads are present in most modern aircraft to some degree. Examples of parasitic loads are relays, clocks, radios and on-board computers. Depending on the magnitude of the parasitic load, the battery in an inactive aircraft may be depleted within weeks or even days. A battery discharged in this manner can cause an AOG event. Another inherent danger is that a battery without enough emergency power reserve can often still start the engine(s) leaving you vulnerable in the case of a generator failure. The FAA requires aircraft batteries to be certified with a minimum of 80% capacity for emergency power reserve in the event of an electrical generating system failure.

Repetitive deep discharges from parasitic drain will shorten the battery life and batteries deeply discharged in this manner may not be recoverable. If authorized by the aircraft manufacturer, disconnecting the battery from the battery plug when the aircraft is stored will eliminate the parasitic load.

Measuring parasitic load is easy to do by connecting the PLTA between the battery receptacle and the aircraft mating plug. The PLTA is a molded polypropylene body equipped with separate test leads for connection to a digital multimeter (DMM). Concorde PLTA, part number 4102, is rated for loads up to 10 amperes and is equipped with a 10 amp fuse.

Instructions on how to measure parasitic load and calculate time to battery depletion are provided in Instruction Manual, Aircraft Battery Parasitic Load Test Adapter, Document No. 5-0409. The manual is packaged with the PLTA and is also available online at www.concordebattery.com.

Concorde Battery Corporation manufacturers over 90 aircraft battery models designed for Original Equipment or direct replacements. Certifications and approvals include Type Certified, TSO-C173 & FAA-PMA. Concorde’s recombinant gas and adsorbed glass mat technology has been proven and adopted for use on military and commercial aircraft worldwide since 1987. Concorde manufactures to ISO 9001+ AS9100 quality standards.

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12/3/10- RG-12LSA Light Sport Aircraft Battery Shipping Now

RG 12LSAConcorde is now shipping the new Light Sport Aircraft 12 Volt Battery to its distributors. RG-12LSA is a small, lightweight sealed valve regulated lead acid battery for experimental and new Type Certified aircraft. This RG® Series battery incorporates Concorde’s recombinant gas technology installed on various types of commercial, military and private aircraft for engine cranking.

Concorde’s Vice President of Marketing, Skip Koss, explains, “This is a real aircraft battery, a first for commercial airframe manufacturers, home builders and aircraft kit manufacturers. It’s a combination of small size, high performance, and advanced sealed battery technology built with the design features and reliability of our other products.” According to Mr. Koss, “RG-12LSA fills a need in the light sport aircraft industry for an airworthy product. This battery has the higher cranking power required for an airplane engine and capacity reserve for essential power requirements.”

RG-12LSA is an 11 AH battery, weighs less than 13 pounds, measuring 7.71” long by 5.18” wide by 4.56” tall. The most notable, unique features of Concorde’s Light Sport Aircraft battery include aircraft grade copper alloy M8 threaded terminals, corrosion free bolts and conical washers allowing maximum conductivity, robust internal construction that includes the protection of PolyGuard™ separators wrapped around the plates and AGM (Absorbed Glass Mat) for shock and vibration resistance. Large welded intercell connections allow for maximum current outflow and excellent charge acceptance. All these elements are housed in high impact containers and covers for reliable starting and long life for light sport airplanes. Concorde manufactures the LSA battery under the ISO 9001:2000 + AS9100B quality management system.

This is a recombinant gas, RG® Series, design: sealed, maintenance free, non-spillable, and never needs electrolyte or water replenishment. The battery will not leak; trays, holders and airframes will not be subject to electrolyte corrosion.

Unlike the varieties of battery types used in light sport aircraft, the RG-12LSA is available through Concorde’s worldwide distributor network. RG-12LSA ships Hazmat Exempt, the least expensive method, via land, sea or air.

Concorde’s talented team has developed an extensive selection of aircraft batteries including over 90 models of Original Equipment and direct replacements for all types of aircraft. Certifications and approvals include Type Certified, TSO-C173 & FAA-PMA parts. Concorde’s recombinant gas RG® Series has been proven and adopted for use on the worlds’ military, commercial, and civilian aircraft since 1987.

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7/28/10 - Concorde Battery Receives Technical Standard Order C173 Authorization for Additional Turbine Engine Starting Batteries

Concorde Battery Corporation has received Technical Standard Order C173 (TSO-C173) authorization for eight additional aircraft batteries. Part numbers include:

RG-47
RG-49
RG-206
RG-350
RG-355
RG-500
RG-600-1
RG-600-2


TSO Authorization means the battery is qualified as an airworthy component. It can be installed in any aircraft by showing that the requirements (certification basis) of the particular aircraft model are met by the TSO battery. This is an advantage to end users who can install an airworthy part without the need of a PMA specifying their aircraft model number. Airframe manufacturers seeking Type Certification and STC applicants will save time and certification costs by selecting a battery that has already met FAA TSO-C173, which incorporates RTCA/DO-293 requirements.

These newly authorized RG batteries are recombinant gas (RG® Series) VRLA-AGM high rate turbine starting batteries and can also be used for emergency / standby applications.

Concorde Battery designs and manufactures over 90 models for Original Equipment and direct replacement batteries for fixed wing and rotary aircraft. Certifications and approvals include Type Certified, TSO-C173, & FAA-PMA parts. Concorde’s recombinant gas RG® Series has been proven and adopted for use on military and commercial aircraft worldwide since 1987. Concorde manufactures to ISO 9001:2000 + AS9100B strict quality standards.

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7/23/10 - Concorde Tips to Help Preserve the Life of your Battery

Concorde recently issued Technical Bulletin No. 10 “Parasitic Drain” in response to questions throughout the aviation community about the effect of parasitic drain on battery state of charge. A parasitic drain is an electrical load that takes power from the battery even when the Master Switch or Battery Switch is Off. Examples of loads that cause parasitic drain include clocks, lights, relays, current sensors and power monitoring circuits. If an aircraft is inactive for a length of time, depending on the magnitude of the load, the battery may be depleted within weeks or even days.

Skip Koss, Vice President of Marketing says, “When an aircraft is not in service, a parasitic drain will deplete the battery’s state of charge unless the drain is disconnected.” Mr. Koss explains, “I am concerned about the increasing number of aircraft affected by parasitic drain which can diminish emergency capacity reserves and compromise the safety of pilots and passengers.”

Parasitic loads are present in most modern day aircraft. They are generally low in amperage but because they are continuously present, if an aircraft is inactive for an extended period of time, they can deplete the battery’s capacity and cause the plates to sulfate. Sulfated plates make the battery harder to recharge and over time can lead to a battery that is no longer airworthy and ultimately, premature failure. One of the inherent dangers is that a battery without enough emergency power reserve can often still start the engine(s). A battery that is no longer airworthy can also cause an AOG event with unexpected expenditures for obtaining an urgent replacement, freight, installation and possibly costs for transportation back and forth to a hotel for overnight accommodations.

To preserve the life of your battery, Concorde recommends measuring the parasitic drain which can be easily accomplished using a standard digital multimeter (DMM) equipped with both 10 Amp and milliampere jacks for test leads. Details for this procedure and a formula to calculate the depletion rate can be found in Technical Bulletin No. 10 “Parasitic Drain” on the Literature, Manuals and Technical page of our website: www.concordebattery.com . In some aircraft, modifications can be made to reduce or eliminate the parasitic drain however, the airframe manufacturer should be contacted for information on this subject.

The best practice to protect an inactive aircraft battery from parasitic drain is to disconnect it, if possible!

Concorde Battery manufactures and has designed over 90 models for Original Equipment and direct replacement batteries for all types of aircraft. Certifications and approvals include Type Certified, TSO-C173 & FAA-PMA parts. Concorde’s recombinant gas RG® Series has been proven and adopted for use on military and commercial aircraft worldwide since 1987. Concorde manufactures to ISO 9001:2000 + AS9100B strict quality standards.

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08/24/09 - Concorde Battery Announces New AC 23-27 for Aircraft Battery Installation

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WEST COVINA, CA – August 24, 2009 - The FAA has just made changing a battery a little simpler for many aircraft owners. FAA Advisory Circular (AC) 23-27, issued in May 2009, allows owners with aircraft Type-Certified before 1980, and meeting certain criteria, to simply replace the current battery on the TC or STC, with an FAA-PMA Concorde battery similar in form, fit and function.

Why is this important? It’s significant because it means, even in the absence of an STC or PMA, there need only be a log book entry to install on many aircraft, whether out of production or still being manufactured today. “These guidelines will help owners avoid having to obtain field approval for like substitutions on subsequent aircraft.”

Applicability:

  • Small aircraft type certified before January 1, 1980
  • Maximum certificated weight of 12,500 pounds or less
  • Fixed wing, un-pressurized, reciprocating engine or sailplane
  • “Follow-on Type Certificate (TC) Models of the same aircraft, or a derivative thereof, which may be assigned a later TC date, also meet this criteria.”

    Advisory Circular 23-27 is a living document and sections may be added to the Appendices as additional data is gathered. The following information is contained in AC23-27:

    Batteries (Excerpt – Appendix 1 “Parts Substitutions”):
    “If one type of series 35 battery (e.g. a Gill 35) is approved as original equipment or a PMA part, and another type of series 35 battery (e.g. a CONCORDE 35) is PMA approved for some aircraft models but not your model aircraft, you may install the alternate type of series 35 battery and document the installation with only a logbook entry.”

    “As long as the batteries are the same weight, within plus or minus one pound, and have such similar physical characteristics as to enable the use of the same securing or attaching devices, mechanisms, or containers.”

    AC 23-27 is directly accessed on the FAA website via this address:

    http://www.faa.gov

    Search for Advisory Circular AC23-27

    FAA Website

 

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3/30/09 - Concorde Battery Announces Release of New BC-5000 Battery Capacity Tester

Concorde Battery Announces the Release of New BC-5000 Battery Capacity Tester

WEST COVINA, CA – March 30, 2009 – Concorde Battery Corporation, manufacturer of Lead Acid Batteries and Lithium Ion Batteries and Accessories for original equipment and replacement parts, introduces the new BC-5000 Battery Capacity Tester (Concorde P/N 4163). Loaded with failsafe features and designed for operator safety, BC-5000 Battery Capacity Tester has been market tested and approved for use by various aviation maintenance technician groups and private pilots as important equipment for any maintenance facility – commercial, military, and civilian.

The BC-5000 is made to accurately and reliably test airworthiness and capacity for 12 Volt and 24 Volt Lead Acid Aircraft Batteries. Powered by the individual battery on test the BC-5000 is portable. Cables and quick disconnect are standard. The metal case is 12”L x 9”W x 10”H with an insulated handle attached to the top. Weighs 10 LBS. Appropriate for field testing or shop operations, BC-5000 accommodates a range of batteries with capacities from 10 – 50 AH. With maximum battery input voltage at 28.0 VDC and minimum battery input voltage of 9.0 VDC for 12 volt batteries EPV (End Point Voltage) is set at 10VDC, and 20VDC for 24 volt batteries. Constant current loads adjustable in 1A steps (+/-0.5 ADC) incorporates automatic over temperature protection. Included on the BC-5000 is a new audio system signaling when the capacity test is complete. Capacity tests are based on IEC (International Electrochemical Commission) standards and FAA TSO-C173.

Testing operations start as the BC-5000 Capacity Tester automatically selects the correct voltage. The adjustment for the C1 (Ah) amperage test rates is done by activating the up / down button system. After setting, the built in software will flash battery C1 amperage rate on the LCD readout. Starting the test initiates the cooling fan motor with the LCD displaying the C1 rate in percentage, battery voltage, and amperage for the battery on test. Upon reaching the EPV the BC-5000 test operation will cease, stopping the cooling fan and with an audible system, and signals test result completion. Minimum “Passing” airworthiness is based upon a battery capacity of 85% of its C1 rating. “Failing” the capacity test is a battery with less than 85% of its C1 rating.

"The BC-5000 Battery Capacity Tester combines Concorde’s battery technology with the need for precision testing out in the field," said Skip Koss, Vice President, Marketing, Concorde Battery Corporation. "With this equipment, users can find the exact battery capacity, faster than ever.” Mr. Koss adds, “Battery Airworthiness is crucial to aircraft operation and safety. All Concorde Batteries are designed to operate as essential power if the generator system fails in flight, provided the battery is airworthy as installed. Aircraft are not certified with a dead battery or one that does not have sufficient capacity for essential power."

Concorde Battery Corporation is a designer and manufacturer of specialty lead acid batteries and lithium ion aircraft batteries located in West Covina, CA. Concorde has over 25 years of experience in the manufacture of aircraft batteries for both military applications and commercial Type Certified aircraft. Concorde is the largest supplier of Original Equipment lead acid aircraft batteries to the majority of manufacturers of rotorcraft, corporate, and general aviation fixed wing aircraft. Concorde is a manufacturer of FAA-PMA, Type Certified, & TSO-C173 approved original & replacement parts for a wide variety of aircraft and operates under ISO 9001:2000 + AS9100B standards.

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05/01/08- RG-400E/13 Receives TSO Authorization

Concorde Battery Corporation aircraft battery part number RG-400E/13 has received Technical Standard Order C173 (TSO-C173) authorization. The RG-400E/13 is the latest Concorde Battery recently TSO approved.

RG-400E/13 is a Concorde® Valve Regulated Lead Acid (VRLA) Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) main battery used for starting and backup of DC power bus systems. RG-400E/13 is a direct replacement in form, fit and function for an equivalent nickel cadmium model.

RG® Series batteries are the original AGM battery designed for the United States Military. Replenishment of water or electrolyte is never required, providing maintenance free operation in a nonspillable design that operates upright, on its side or end. RG- 400E/13 delivers reliable power and long life, improves aircraft readiness; RG® Series batteries are pre-tested & fully charged in the factory, ship Hazmat Exempt, and are ready to install.

Concorde batteries are certified for installation on more than one thousand aircraft models through Type Certification, 62 STC’s and multiple PMA’s. Concorde is the world leader in aircraft battery technology with over 90 VRLA model part numbers. Recently Concorde was selected by the US Navy to provide an advanced prototype lithium ion battery for the new CH-53K Helicopter. Concorde is the largest supplier of Original Equipment VRLA Batteries with installations on Agusta, American Champion, American Eurocopter, Aviat, Bell, Bombardier / Learjet, Cessna, Cirrus, Dassault, Diamond, Enstrom, Erickson Air Crane, Extra, Found Aircraft Canada, Inc., Gippsland, Grobe, Gulfstream, Hawker Beechcraft, JetPROP, Liberty, Lockheed Martin, Maule, Mooney, Northrop Grumman, Piaggio, Pilatus, Piper Aircraft, Robinson Helicopter, Scaled Composites, Schweizer, Sherpa Aircraft, Sikorsky, Slingsby Aviation, Socata and Zlin.

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11/28/06- Concorde Battery Corporation Lithium Ion Aircraft Battery Selected for US Navy

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CH 53CONCORDE BATTERY CORPORATION LITHIUM-ION AIRCRAFT BATTERY SELECTED FOR US NAVY’S CH-53K HEAVY LIFT HELICOPTER

WEST COVINA, CA – Concorde Battery Corporation has been selected by the U. S. Navy to provide an advanced prototype lithium-ion battery for the new CH-53K Helicopter.

The battery to be developed will be a high discharge rate battery designed for APU start and emergency power. Initial prototype batteries will be tested by the Navy for electrical performance, safety, and abuse tolerance. Following the initial test program, additional samples for qualification testing will be required.

John Timmons, Vice President of Engineering for Concorde Battery states, “Concorde lithium-ion batteries for aircraft are based on the safest chemistry so far developed for lithium-ion technology, featuring a cathode material of lithium iron phosphate which precludes oxygen generation. Oxygen generation is one of the main contributors to the fire hazard in lithium-ion batteries.

The lithium-ion battery for the CH-53K will be part of an integrated design with the control software and electronics of the aircraft system. Redundant safety systems built into the helicopter as well as into the battery are required to control the lithium-ion battery. The protection systems and monitoring of the battery will provide safe reliable power for the next generation of CH-53 helicopters.”

The U.S. Navy has chosen Concorde’s lithium-ion battery technology for the CH-53K Helicopter for its high energy density, low maintenance, ease of use, and low self-discharge. CH-53K is a new heavy lift helicopter, part of the Navy’s Heavy Lift Replacement (HLR) program. New CH-53K helicopters are scheduled to begin replacing the aging fleet of CH-53E Super Stallion Helicopters with initial flight tests scheduled in 2011, reaching initial operating capability by 2015.

Concorde Battery Corporation is a designer and manufacturer of specialty lead acid batteries and lithium-ion aircraft batteries located in West Covina, CA. Concorde has over 25 years of experience in the manufacture of aircraft batteries for both military applications and commercial Type Certified aircraft. Concorde is the largest supplier of Original Equipment lead acid aircraft batteries to over 37 manufacturers of rotorcraft, corporate, and general aviation fixed wing aircraft. Concorde is an FAA-PMA approved manufacturer of replacement parts for a wide variety of type certified aircraft with manufacturing under AS 9100 REV. B:2004 and ISO 9001:2000 standards.


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