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ALTO Aviation's Cadence Switch System
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As the company's name implies, AeroLEDs was
formed in 2005 with the intent of leveraging the latest
light-emitting diode technologies, and to meet the needs
of experimental aircraft builders and special-mission operators for high-output/low-power lighting products. The
company uses LED technology to create aircraft landing
lights, anti-collision strobe lights and position lights that
greatly reduce current draw and maintenance by eliminating legacy incandescent bulbs.
Its initial product offerings for the experimental aircraft
market met with success, and the company has expanded to provide a complete line of lighting solutions.
For 2017, AeroLEDs introduced the SunSpot 36-4596
and the SunSpot 36-4587. Both are LED-based 28-volt
lighting products designed as drop-in replacements for
lamps in the PAR36 form factor.
The AeroLEDs SunSpot 36-4596 replaces lamps
meeting the GE 4596 standard for landing lights. It is a
15-LED product featuring a maximum current draw of
only 3.5 amps while consuming only 100 watts of power
- compared to the 250-watt GE 4596 it replaces - and
has built-in thermal protection. With its landing-light lens,
it produces more than 150,000 candelas in a 10-degree
beam, with more than 6,000 total LED lumens.
Meanwhile, and like the SunSpot 36-4596, the company's SunSpot 36-4587 also is a 250-watt drop-in
replacement for an incandescent lamp, the GE 4587
in this case. But the SunSpot 36-4587 employs a lens
optimized for use as a taxi light. Also like the SunSpot
36-4596, the 15-LED SunSpot 36-4587 needs only 3.5
amps at 28 volts, consumes 100 watts of power (versus
250 for the lamp it replaces) and features more than
55,000 candelas and 6,000 total LED lumens. Unlike its
landing-light sibling, however, the SunSpot 36-4587's
lens offers a broader-angle beam, of 10-by-30 degrees.
For more information, visit aeroleds.com.
ALTO Aviation introduced its new Cadence Switch
System, or CSS, at the AEA Convention. The company's
CSS product line comprises a new series of customizable switch panels designed around a series of standardized modules performing various cabin information
and in-flight entertainment functions. Using CSS components, a final switch panel may consist of up to six
different modules placed together in the same bezel but
performing different functions.
In addition to switching, the available modules include USB charging, an HDMI port, a Bluetooth inter- 10 -
face and signage. The CSS also can be configured to
employ load and temperature control through a
programmable eight-channel relay controller, allowing users to configure a system to meet almost any
requirement. The CSS also features predefined harness
configurations, and a dual-LED status indicator design
provides for vertical and horizontal orientations within the same assembly, promoting
flexibility and functionality while helping
minimize installation costs.
According to the company, a major feature of the CSS
is its ability to be fit-compatible with switches used in existing cabin management system/in-flight entertainment
installations. Since the CSS incorporates a cover bezel,
ALTO's switching system enables upgrade solutions
without changes or modifications to existing panels, including vertical or horizontal orientation.
"The key to the CSS is simplicity," said Kevin Hayes,
ALTO Aviation's vice president of sales and marketing.
"It's simple to install, simple to operate and simple to
afford. ALTO can easily adapt a cover bezel for a fitcompatible solution to match any cutout without having
to define a completely new switch design. The result is
quicker lead times and a lower installation cost alternative since existing woodwork can be preserved."
The CSS joins the company's line of high-end cabin
audio and entertainment systems designed for business
For more information, visit altoaviation.com.
Appareo entered the
avionics market in 2012,
with its Stratus portable
ADS-B In receiver line,
now an industry leader.
At the 2017 AEA Convention, the company
received the association's Associate Member
Appareo's Stratus Power
of the Year award the
same morning it introduced
Stratus Power, a new TSO-certified dual USB StandardA charging port, designed to support portable in-cockpit
devices. At a list price of $349, Appareo said Stratus
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