Posted on: 12 May 2014 by Mark Howells
Armstrong Aerospace has introduced PowerBar, a new off-seat power offering that provides at-seat power for Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs) without requiring modification or re-certification of existing seats.
The company has secured an initial Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the installation of PowerBar on Boeing 747-400 aircraft. Armstrong Aerospace claims an undisclosed airline is already installing the new PowerBar on its B747-400 fleet.
According to a survey from Armstrong Aerospace, 90% of all US travellers bring PEDs on-board aircraft. The average laptop battery life is less than 2 hours and there is 33% decrease in battery life when Wi-Fi is enabled.
The Armstrong Aerospace PowerBar and PowerBox product families are Airbus and Boeing compatible, and install directly to the seat tracks with no contact with the seat leg. This design aims to make installation and certification simple, since there are no conflicts with the dynamic deformations/deflections of the seats.
Armstrong Aerospace plans to secure a further STC for the Boeing 777 and then move on to narrow-body aircraft from Boeing and Airbus.