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3/30/09 - Concorde Battery Announces Release of New BC-5000 Battery Capacity Tester

Concorde Battery Announces the Release of New BC-5000 Battery Capacity Tester

WEST COVINA, CA – March 30, 2009 – Concorde Battery Corporation, manufacturer of Lead Acid Batteries and Lithium Ion Batteries and Accessories for original equipment and replacement parts, introduces the new BC-5000 Battery Capacity Tester (Concorde P/N 4163). Loaded with failsafe features and designed for operator safety, BC-5000 Battery Capacity Tester has been market tested and approved for use by various aviation maintenance technician groups and private pilots as important equipment for any maintenance facility – commercial, military, and civilian.

The BC-5000 is made to accurately and reliably test airworthiness and capacity for 12 Volt and 24 Volt Lead Acid Aircraft Batteries. Powered by the individual battery on test the BC-5000 is portable. Cables and quick disconnect are standard. The metal case is 12”L x 9”W x 10”H with an insulated handle attached to the top. Weighs 10 LBS. Appropriate for field testing or shop operations, BC-5000 accommodates a range of batteries with capacities from 10 – 50 AH. With maximum battery input voltage at 28.0 VDC and minimum battery input voltage of 9.0 VDC for 12 volt batteries EPV (End Point Voltage) is set at 10VDC, and 20VDC for 24 volt batteries. Constant current loads adjustable in 1A steps (+/-0.5 ADC) incorporates automatic over temperature protection. Included on the BC-5000 is a new audio system signaling when the capacity test is complete. Capacity tests are based on IEC (International Electrochemical Commission) standards and FAA TSO-C173.

Testing operations start as the BC-5000 Capacity Tester automatically selects the correct voltage. The adjustment for the C1 (Ah) amperage test rates is done by activating the up / down button system. After setting, the built in software will flash battery C1 amperage rate on the LCD readout. Starting the test initiates the cooling fan motor with the LCD displaying the C1 rate in percentage, battery voltage, and amperage for the battery on test. Upon reaching the EPV the BC-5000 test operation will cease, stopping the cooling fan and with an audible system, and signals test result completion. Minimum “Passing” airworthiness is based upon a battery capacity of 85% of its C1 rating. “Failing” the capacity test is a battery with less than 85% of its C1 rating.

"The BC-5000 Battery Capacity Tester combines Concorde’s battery technology with the need for precision testing out in the field," said Skip Koss, Vice President, Marketing, Concorde Battery Corporation. "With this equipment, users can find the exact battery capacity, faster than ever.” Mr. Koss adds, “Battery Airworthiness is crucial to aircraft operation and safety. All Concorde Batteries are designed to operate as essential power if the generator system fails in flight, provided the battery is airworthy as installed. Aircraft are not certified with a dead battery or one that does not have sufficient capacity for essential power."

Concorde Battery Corporation is a designer and manufacturer of specialty lead acid batteries and lithium ion aircraft batteries located in West Covina, CA. Concorde has over 25 years of experience in the manufacture of aircraft batteries for both military applications and commercial Type Certified aircraft. Concorde is the largest supplier of Original Equipment lead acid aircraft batteries to the majority of manufacturers of rotorcraft, corporate, and general aviation fixed wing aircraft. Concorde is a manufacturer of FAA-PMA, Type Certified, & TSO-C173 approved original & replacement parts for a wide variety of aircraft and operates under ISO 9001:2000 + AS9100B standards.

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05/01/08- RG-400E/13 Receives TSO Authorization

Concorde Battery Corporation aircraft battery part number RG-400E/13 has received Technical Standard Order C173 (TSO-C173) authorization. The RG-400E/13 is the latest Concorde Battery recently TSO approved.

RG-400E/13 is a Concorde® Valve Regulated Lead Acid (VRLA) Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) main battery used for starting and backup of DC power bus systems. RG-400E/13 is a direct replacement in form, fit and function for an equivalent nickel cadmium model.

RG® Series batteries are the original AGM battery designed for the United States Military. Replenishment of water or electrolyte is never required, providing maintenance free operation in a nonspillable design that operates upright, on its side or end. RG- 400E/13 delivers reliable power and long life, improves aircraft readiness; RG® Series batteries are pre-tested & fully charged in the factory, ship Hazmat Exempt, and are ready to install.

Concorde batteries are certified for installation on more than one thousand aircraft models through Type Certification, 62 STC’s and multiple PMA’s. Concorde is the world leader in aircraft battery technology with over 90 VRLA model part numbers. Recently Concorde was selected by the US Navy to provide an advanced prototype lithium ion battery for the new CH-53K Helicopter. Concorde is the largest supplier of Original Equipment VRLA Batteries with installations on Agusta, American Champion, American Eurocopter, Aviat, Bell, Bombardier / Learjet, Cessna, Cirrus, Dassault, Diamond, Enstrom, Erickson Air Crane, Extra, Found Aircraft Canada, Inc., Gippsland, Grobe, Gulfstream, Hawker Beechcraft, JetPROP, Liberty, Lockheed Martin, Maule, Mooney, Northrop Grumman, Piaggio, Pilatus, Piper Aircraft, Robinson Helicopter, Scaled Composites, Schweizer, Sherpa Aircraft, Sikorsky, Slingsby Aviation, Socata and Zlin.

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11/28/06- Concorde Battery Corporation Lithium Ion Aircraft Battery Selected for US Navy

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CH 53CONCORDE BATTERY CORPORATION LITHIUM-ION AIRCRAFT BATTERY SELECTED FOR US NAVY’S CH-53K HEAVY LIFT HELICOPTER

WEST COVINA, CA – Concorde Battery Corporation has been selected by the U. S. Navy to provide an advanced prototype lithium-ion battery for the new CH-53K Helicopter.

The battery to be developed will be a high discharge rate battery designed for APU start and emergency power. Initial prototype batteries will be tested by the Navy for electrical performance, safety, and abuse tolerance. Following the initial test program, additional samples for qualification testing will be required.

John Timmons, Vice President of Engineering for Concorde Battery states, “Concorde lithium-ion batteries for aircraft are based on the safest chemistry so far developed for lithium-ion technology, featuring a cathode material of lithium iron phosphate which precludes oxygen generation. Oxygen generation is one of the main contributors to the fire hazard in lithium-ion batteries.

The lithium-ion battery for the CH-53K will be part of an integrated design with the control software and electronics of the aircraft system. Redundant safety systems built into the helicopter as well as into the battery are required to control the lithium-ion battery. The protection systems and monitoring of the battery will provide safe reliable power for the next generation of CH-53 helicopters.”

The U.S. Navy has chosen Concorde’s lithium-ion battery technology for the CH-53K Helicopter for its high energy density, low maintenance, ease of use, and low self-discharge. CH-53K is a new heavy lift helicopter, part of the Navy’s Heavy Lift Replacement (HLR) program. New CH-53K helicopters are scheduled to begin replacing the aging fleet of CH-53E Super Stallion Helicopters with initial flight tests scheduled in 2011, reaching initial operating capability by 2015.

Concorde Battery Corporation is a designer and manufacturer of specialty lead acid batteries and lithium-ion aircraft batteries located in West Covina, CA. Concorde has over 25 years of experience in the manufacture of aircraft batteries for both military applications and commercial Type Certified aircraft. Concorde is the largest supplier of Original Equipment lead acid aircraft batteries to over 37 manufacturers of rotorcraft, corporate, and general aviation fixed wing aircraft. Concorde is an FAA-PMA approved manufacturer of replacement parts for a wide variety of type certified aircraft with manufacturing under AS 9100 REV. B:2004 and ISO 9001:2000 standards.


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