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LoPresti Aviation is a family business founded in 1991
by Roy LoPresti, the former Grumman engineer who
helped NASA design the Apollo program's lunar lander.
Later, he applied his talents and experience to an aerodynamic cleanup of the Mooney M20F, resulting in the
mid-1970s debut of the Mooney M20J, more commonly
known as the Mooney 201.
Today, the company holds PMA and STCs for many
airframe modifications across multiple brands, and also
manufactures PMA replacement parts. LoPresti's core
competencies are in landing and taxi light installations
- "we turn the night into day" is a motto - and aircraft
performance improvement, and it holds more than 400
STCs for aircraft landing and taxi light installations. At
the 2017 AEA Convention, Curt LoPresti briefed attendees on the latest developments from the company's
engineering and manufacturing of next-generation highintensity discharge lighting systems, which the company
dubs the BoomBeam.
New for 2017 is an STC for replacing two traditional
landing lights aboard the Cessna Citation Latitude with
up to six HID units, which Curt LoPresti labeled a "big
deal in the airplane," and also is available for the Cessna
Model 750 Citation X. The company manufactures
complete kits for multiple Part 23, Part 25 and Part 27
aircraft, replacing older technology incandescent lamps
and poorly performing LED lights. Approving authorities
include the FAA, EASA and ANAC, among others.
Benefits of LoPresti's BoomBeam HID lighting systems
include three to 15 times more light, enhancing safety, utility
and all operations. LoPresti's kits are engineered specifically for each model aircraft, with benefits including reduced
electrical load and heat output, decreased AOG time for
lighting issues and a five-year/5,000-hour warranty.
For more information, visit loprestiaviation.com.
LoPresti's BoomBeam HID lighting systems
include three to 15 times more light.
Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics
Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics began
operations in 1964, as a small repair station in
Wichita, Kansas. Since then, it's grown into an
industry leader in the overhaul/exchange, repair,
design and manufacturing of aircraft instruments
and avionics. David Copeland, director of sales,
introduced the latest products from its True Blue
Power division: the TC230 DC-to-DC converter, the
TI1204 DC-to-AC inverter and new AC outlets.
The TC230 DC-to-DC step-up converter is
designed to convert an aircraft's 10-18v input to
accommodate 28-v instruments and avionics,
including radios, GPS, and electronic equipment.
The converter's output is 230 watts, making it an
ideal solution for operators needing to install 8.33
kHz radios into 14v aircraft in response to European
r e q u i r e m e n t s effective Jan. 1, 2018. According
to True Blue Power,
the TC230 is the
lightest 230watt step-up
weight and offers
operators great flexibility in
installation. The unit incorporates
input transient, overload, short circuit, temperature
monitoring and reverse polarity protections.
Another new product from True Blue Power is the
TI1204, which is the latest iteration of the company's
1200-watt DC-to-AC inverter product line. The new
inverter outputs 115v AC at 400 Hz to power a variety
of cabin accessories, galley equipment, avionics,
entertainment and electrical systems, making it an
ideal choice for emergency medical, law enforcement
and VIP configurations. The TI1204 has the same
connector and footprint as legacy designs, plus
overload and short-circuit protection up to 150
percent of the rated load. Options for both the TC230
converter and TI1204 inverter include remote on/off
The company also announced two new AC outlets,
one for North America and a universal version. Both
are rated up to 15 amps and can be easily mounted
in the cabin, cockpit and galley.
For more information, visit truebluepowerusa.com.
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