Phoenix Heliparts, True Blue Power Partner to Certify Lithium-ion Battery for Rotorcraft

By Staff Writer | February 26, 2015

Phoenix Heliparts (PHP) has partnered with True Blue Power, a division of Mid-Continent Instrument Co. Inc., to pursue a series of FAA Part 27 STCs for the installation of the True Blue Power TB17 Advanced Lithium-ion Battery into many of the airframes PHP supports. Initial STC certification plans for the TB17 include the MD series helicopters, with anticipated completion in early 2016.
The TB17 Advanced Lithium-ion Battery utilizes a proprietary Nanophosphate Lithium-ion cell chemistry that offers superior energy density, delivering three times the energy per kilogram when compared to lead acid. True Blue Power products are engineered to provide an overall lower cost of ownership with a 50 – 90 percent lower scheduled maintenance cost. This is the result of increased durability, two-year maintenance intervals, efficient engine starts and gaining two to three times longer useful battery life.
The TB17 Advanced Lithium-ion Battery will be on display at the Phoenix Heliparts booth #2059 and the True Blue Power booth #712 during HAI Heli-Expo 2015, March 3 – 5 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.


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