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Spotlight on Volunteers: Battery Standards Give New Life to the World
12/22/2016
RTCA Staff
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.
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RTCA Welcomes New Members: October to December 2016
by: RTCA Staff

12/22/2016

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Iris Automation, Inc.
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RTCA Staff Spotlight: Rebecca Morrison
by: RTCA Staff

10/25/2016

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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.
Spotlight on Volunteers: Determining Aircraft Portable Electronic Device (PED) Tolerance
by: RTCA Staff

10/25/2016

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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.