Posted on: 26 April 2016 by Mark Howells
SmartLynx Airlines Estonia has selected Eirtech Aviation, an Irish-based engineering and technical services company, to supply its newly developed passenger USB power solution for their Airbus 320 aircraft.
The In-Seat USB Power system has been developed for retrofit, requires no permanent physical modification of the seats, and can installed on a staged basis, which minimises ground time and is suitable for many different aircraft types. It is extremely lightweight at less than 1lb per three-seat configuration, with one USB outlet per passenger.
Each USB socket provides 5Vdc at 2A for charging purposes and is illuminated in blue for ease of location in low-light conditions.
The system is both EASA and FAA approved.Sander Janson, technical director of SmartLynx Airlines Estonia said; “Eirtech Aviation’s in-seat USB power system was a great solution for us; it is silent, fan-less and has an LED light, making it easy for our passengers to locate on their arm rest. Crucially, installation was simple and fast and the main USB power supply can be independently controlled by our flight crew, allowing them to switch it on or off, as necessary. Smartphones and tablets are the here and now and airlines need to act smart to ensure that passengers can stay connected in the sky.”