Aircare Solutions Group Announces New Product for Lithium Battery Safety on Business Aircraft

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Aircare Solutions Group announced the availability today of a new business aviation safety product designed to help manage risk of Lithium battery operated appliance fires aboard business aircraft. The product, called Aircare FireSockTM, is a specially designed fireproof containment bag that can be used for the transport of appliances powered by Lithium batteries, or for preventative containment after an Lithium battery fire has occurred and the proper extinguishing procedures have been followed per the FAA’s recommendation within SAFO 09013.

At Aircare FACTS Training, we teach the proper way to extinguish a Lithium battery fire. We see a great fit for the Aircare FireSock as an opportunity for safe transport of portable electronic devices.

Aircare Solutions Group announced the availability today of a new business aviation safety product designed to help manage risk of Lithium battery operated appliance fires aboard business aircraft. The product, called Aircare FireSockTM, is a specially designed fireproof containment bag that can be used for the transport of appliances powered by Lithium batteries, or for preventative containment after an Lithium battery fire has occurred and the proper extinguishing procedures have been followed per the FAA’s recommendation within SAFO 09013.

Lithium battery operated appliances such as portable electronic devices, laptops and cell phones, typically have one or more batteries each comprised of multiple cells within each battery. Lithium battery fires occur when one of the cells goes into thermal runaway. This causes a violent chain react throughout the battery cells causing smoke, fire, and the emission of extreme temperatures. The FAA recommended procedure to extinguish a Lithium battery appliance fire is to knock down the flames with Halon and then cool the cells by dousing with water. Attempting to smother the fire only results in further insulation of the device, which continues to promote thermal runaway.

One of Aircare Solutions Group’s business units, Aircare FACTS® Training, teaches emergency procedures to business aviation crews, including hazardous materials and how to properly extinguish Lithium powered appliance fires.

"At Aircare FACTS Training we teach the proper way to extinguish a Lithium battery fire, but in the context of the whole emergency we see a great fit for the Aircare FireSock as an opportunity for safer transport of these appliances, and a solution for containing the appliance after the appropriate extinguishing procedures recommended by the FAA are followed.” says Brian Hayvaz, Director of Aircare FACTS Training. Containing the device after an incident allows the crew to focus on other tasks such as flying the plane, dealing with smoke, or preparing the aircraft and passengers for an emergency evacuation.

"We understand that there are other companies marketing fireproof bags to be used en lieu of following the proper extinguishing procedures.” Hayvaz continues, “As aviation emergency procedures training experts we feel this is irresponsible. We want crews to understand why the fire is happening, to learn to extinguish the fire properly, and to then move on with additional emergency procedures surrounding the incident."

The Aircare FireSockTM will be by distributed Aircare Access® Assistance, an Aircare Solutions Group business unit that provides 24/7/365 tele-medical and travel assistance to business aviation flight departments. In addition Aircare Access® Assistance carries a complete line of health and safety products including emergency medical kits, diagnostic kits, defibrillators, and smoke hoods.

Aircare’s product is capable of holding appliances as small as phones as well as large laptops. The Aircare FireSock® retails for $339 USD. More information can be found at http://www.aircareaccess.com.

About Aircare Solutions Group
The Aircare Solutions Group of companies specialize in tele-medical assistance, emergency procedures training and quality crew staffing for business aviation.

Aircare Solutions Group companies include:
Aircare FACTS® Training – Crewmember emergency procedures training for business aviation. Aircare Crews Staffing – Professional crew staffing for business aviation.
Aircare ACCESSTM Assistance - Worldwide tele-medical assistance and support for business aviation.

More information can be found at http://www.aircaresolutionsgroup.com.

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