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CRITICAL SAFETY ISSUES

Lithium-ion Batteries

Aviation is the safest form of transportation. However, risks to aircraft are quickly rising.

 

The proliferation of lithium batteries has exceeded our expectation. They have become ubiquitous in our ever growing expansion of electronic devices.  With these devices, lithium ion  batteries are prevalent, which increases the risk of smoke, fire or fumes on aircraft.

On every flight they increase the risk exponentially, creating a critical safety environment.

 

Aviation  Regulations

Governmental agencies are proactive in addressing the risk of lithium batteries in an aircraft and have moved forward to recommend guidance. We support all governing agencies; IATA, ICAO, EASA, FAA, Transport Canada, NBAA, the Flight Safety Foundation and the Royal Aeronautical Society, who are dedicated to aviation safety globally.  The elevated level of risk, has resulted in the world's premier airlines, military, space agencies, and governments in adopting the urgent need for lithium battery safety to be considered a top priority.

 

What is the FAA’s position on guidance?

Advisory Circular 25.9a and SAFO 09013 and SAFO 09013 Supplement  both state “do not use burn bags”.

The FAA is developing guidance slowly and thus far, has issued part 120 guidance that talks about the extreme and growing risk, but cautions against moving or touching devices.

 

Real events

The catastrophic loss of a 747 cargo aircraft due to dense cockpit smoke caused by a damaged lithium battery shipment that cause a chain reaction and thermal runaway of 100’s of batteries. UPS 006 is another example of a severely compromised crew due to lithium batteries and ultimately a disaster. These horrific lessons are haunting realities of the need to safely protect our aircraft and passengers.

 

Solutions

The guidance states, the solutions should be a product and a set of protocols that can be used from cockpit thru cabin to cargo.

 

FlightStart Solution's team of experts can secure your aircraft. 

Supporting Literature

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