Posted on: 25 October 2016 by Bernie Baldwin
STG Aerospace has announced that EASA has approved its latest photoluminescent floorpath marking system, saf-Tglo blu, for the following aircraft in the current Airbus fleet – the A300, A310, A320, A330 and A340.
This is the first time that an emergency egress system using blue photoluminescence has been approved for use in any aircraft application. saf-Tglo blu has been engineered from the proven technology of the original saf-Tglo photoluminescent range and emits a blue glow, a noticeable change from the traditional green glow that has always been associated with the product, and enables airlines to subtly transform cabin aesthetics via simple illumination without compromising passenger safety.
In daylight, the body colour of saf-Tglo blu is whiter than the glow produced by traditional photoluminescent systems. According to STG Aerosapce, this means that when it is used with any translucent film or overlay, the result is a truer, brighter, cleaner colour. In darkness, the company says, the glow has “a calmer, softer, more reassuring quality whilst still performing the critical safety function the system provides”.
The EASA approval process was executed using STG Aerospace’s own in-house Design Organisation Approval (DOA) procedures and, using its extensive in-service performance data, the company has been able to reduce the maintenance burden for airlines by minimising the requirement for inspections. As with other versions of saf-Tglo, the new product is easily installed – typically by an airline’s own technical staff during an overnight shift.
Sean O’Kell, director of innovation for STG Aerospace, commented, “Securing EASA approval for saf-Tglo blu across the Airbus fleet obviously opens up exciting new marketing opportunities for us and we’re already in advanced negotiations with key launch customers. As a product, it symbolises our commitment to the continual evolution of the saf-Tglo range – always enhancing the aesthetics without in any way compromising on safety.”