Other industries may take note of the news of a child's hoverboard battery causing a fire, or a cell phone battery exploding, concerned about damage and bad press. But to the aviation industry, that same news commands attention, so that the same problems will not result in catastrophic damage onboard an aircraft. This vital concern has never been far from the minds of aircraft and battery manufacturers after several incidents occurred on different aircraft models involving rechargeable and non-rechargeable lithium batteries. These incidents spawned investigations by regulatory and investigative agencies on three continents.
AECOM Technical Services, Inc.
American Insurance Association
Apex Unmanned, LLC
Engineered Power USA
FLARM Technology AG
Four Corners Environmental, Inc.
Iris Automation, Inc.
Korea Institute of Aviation Safety Technology (KIAST)
NG Aviation SE
Precision Hawk USA, Inc.
Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority
Sharper Shape, Inc
Stilwell Baker, Inc.
UMS Skeldar AG
Washington University in Saint Louis
After more than a decade working as a Systems Engineer and Technical Project Manager at Rockwell Collins, two things attracted Rebecca Morrison to her new position as Program Director at RTCA. First, Rebecca looked forward to taking on the challenge of being on what she calls "the other side" of RTCA standards, from a beneficiary to a contributor. And second, she looked forward to working with President Margaret Jenny and the RTCA Staff.
Safely dealing with electronic devices on board aircraft has been a long, evolving process, ever since concerns were raised about the usage of electric razors onboard planes in the 1950's. Fast forward through the testing of operating two hundred laptops onboard an empty aircraft fifteen years ago, to today when airlines cannot escape the ubiquitous use of cell phones, and the variety of PEDs, is limited only by the imagination of PED creators. Consolidating all guidance material for usage of PEDs on aircraft has been a massive undertaking for SC-234, under the leadership of Chair Billy Martin, Senior Research Scientist and Director of the Electromagnetic Effects Test Lab with the National Institute for Aviation Research at Wichita State University, and his international counterparts, Robert Kebel of AIRBUS and Stephan Schulte of Lufthansa, Co-Chairs of EUROCAE Working Group (WG)-99.