True Blue Power Lithium-ion Batteries Enter Service on R1 Airlines, Bombardier Dash 8 Series Aircraft
LAS VEGAS, Nev. (November 16, 2015) R1 Airlines, based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, has become the first commercial operator to utilize an aircraft equipped with True Blue Power lithium-ion main aircraft batteries in revenue service. The on-demand charter service, which is an Avmax managed company, installed the battery on a Bombardier DHC-8-100 (Dash 8) aircraft after True Blue Power and Avmax received a Part 25 Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) for installation of the True Blue Power TB44 lithium-ion battery on Bombardier DHC-8 100/200/300 series aircraft. True Blue Power and Avmax have applied for U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) bilateral acceptance of the same STC for use on U.S.-based aircraft.
“In an industry that moves fast and reinvents itself daily, we rally around innovation that allows us and our clients to streamline operations, run efficiently and maximize profit,” said Al Young, Vice President, Operations, Avmax Aviation Services and Vice President for R1 Airlines. “In an effort to be one step ahead of our clients’ needs, we have to be early adopters, we have to be sophisticated and focused if we are to be recognized as anchors within the realm of airline charter companies. We are excited to be the launch partners for True Blue Power lithium-ion batteries, a superior solution to the traditional NiCad battery alternative.”
Together with its affiliates, R1 Airlines offers domestic and international business charter service, aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance (ACMI) operations. As an Avmax managed company, R1 Airlines has access to the world’s largest private fleet of Dash 8 aircraft, and is backed by the strength of a global maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) support network and supply chain.
True Blue Power specializes in the custom design and manufacturing of next-generation power solutions for the global aviation industry. It is the first company in the world to achieve FAA TSO and EASA ETSO certifications for three sophisticated lithium-ion battery products: the TB17 (17 amp-hour) and TB44 (46 amp-hour) Advanced Lithium-ion Batteries, and the TS835 Lithium-ion Emergency Power Supply. True Blue Power products are engineered to provide an overall lower cost of ownership, with 50-90 percent less scheduled maintenance cost. This is the result of increased durability, 2-year maintenance intervals, more efficient engine starts, and longer useful battery life.
Avmax’s engineering division is a Transport Canada authorized Design Approval Organization. Last year the company issued more TCCA Dash 8 STCs than all other Canadian DHC-8 STC holders combined.
To learn more about True Blue Power certified lithium-ion power solutions, visit the True Blue Power exhibit #C9639 throughout the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention and Exhibition, November 17 19 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, or contact Rick Slater, True Blue Power Division Manager, at (316) 630-0101 and visit www.truebluepowerusa.com.
About True Blue Power
True Blue Power, a division of Mid-Continent Instrument Co., Inc., specializes in the custom design and manufacture of power solutions for the aviation industry, including USB charging ports, inverters, emergency power supplies and advanced lithium-ion batteries. Select products feature proprietary, Nanophosphate® Lithium-ion battery technology, which offers stable chemistry, faster charging, consistent output, excellent cycle life and superior cost performance – this translates into smaller, lighter products that are less than half the size and weight of existing solutions. For additional information, please visit www.truebluepowerusa.com.
About R1 Airlines
Operating to the world’s highest aviation and safety standards, R1 Airlines flies its clients anywhere in the world. With proven experience flying to densely populated areas, remote places and vulnerable locations, R1 Airlines has a track record of helping clients with their workforce travel needs. R1 Airlines has access to the world’s largest private fleet of Dash 8 and CRJ series aircraft, backed by the strength of a global MRO support network and supply chain. As an Avmax managed company, R1 Airlines is based in Calgary, Canada. To learn more and to request a quote, visit www.r1airlines.ca or call 1 888.802.1010.
About Avmax Group Inc.
Avmax Group Inc. (Avmax) simplifies our customers’ aviation needs through dependable, globally integrated services with trusted results. Established in 1976, our locations include: Calgary (HQ), Vancouver and Montreal in Canada, Great Falls and Jacksonville in the USA, Nairobi in Kenya and N’Djamena in Chad. Avmax offers the following capabilities: Aircraft Leasing, Airline Operations, Avionics, Component Repairs, Engineering Executive Interiors, MRO, Paint and Spares. Avmax’s engineering division is a Transport Canada authorized Design Approval Organization (DAO). Avmax’s maintenance division is a Transport Canada authorized Maintenance Repair Organization (MRO). Powering Simplicity in Aviation, call us to see how we can help you. www.avmax.com.