Posted on: 02 October 2013 by Mark Howells
The HelioJet LED cabin lighting solution, the first joint development of Lufthansa Technik and SCHOTT, has been granted a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the European aviation authority, EASA, for the A320 aircraft family.
HelioJet is currently used for continental flights in an Airbus A319 with an aim to deliver an innovative lighting solution for passenger comfort. It is claimed that HelioJet requires only one-fifth as many light diodes as other LED lighting systems with the intention to offer better reliability, maintenance and costs for airlines.
"We are delighted that HelioJet has already received an STC for the A320 and is being used on scheduled flights," said Dr. Armin Plichta, General Manager of Transportation at SCHOTT Lighting and Imaging. "The solution's expected operational life amounts to at least 50,000 hours. This represents an enormous gain in longevity over customary fluorescent lights, which only last around 1,000 hours."
"Since Heliojet is a plug-and-play solution, a conversion from fluorescent lighting can be carried out in just two days – which applies to aircraft from the Airbus A320 family and in the future as well to the Boeing 737," explained Andrew Muirhead, Director of Innovation at Lufthansa Technik AG.
Scheduled for 2014, the colour variant HelioJetTCS (True Colour Stabilization), with coloured and white LEDs is to be launched.