Posted on: 09 October 2011 by Ross McSweeny
Astronics Corporation has announced that it has been selected by Honda Aircraft Company to supply its 28VDC to 115VAC EmPOWER system on the HondaJet aircraft.
The EmPOWER Inverter is TSO-C73 certified, DO-160E compliant and FAA conforming for certification of power supply systems for Portable Electronic Devices. Aimed at being built with safety, convenience and efficiency in mind, the EmPOWER system has ground fault interrupt, over voltage and current protection, as well as thermal load shedding built into the unit. The in-seat power system eliminates the need for external protection and control devices, reducing cost and weight. The inverter is also configured for an enable/disable input and a system in-use light for crew visibility and control per the FAA Policy Statement.
The inverter provides power to the outlet unit only after an appropriate device is properly inserted. For seamless use around the world, the outlet unit will accommodate plugs from 155 countries.
"The HondaJet is an efficient, fast and technologically-advanced aircraft and we are extremely pleased to have our power solutions on this innovative aircraft,” commented Peter J. Gundermann, President and Chief Executive Officer of Astronics. “We believe our unique product solutions, superior design and responsive service were drivers of Honda’s selection of Astronics."