14 December, 2017: UTC Aerospace Systems, one of the world's largest suppliers of technologically advanced aerospace and defense products has recently received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from both the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for a set of innovative, advanced technology LED wing navigation lights for the Airbus A320 aircraft family. Through a combination of new features, the lights are designed to provide customers a convenient retrofit option that provides improved longevity and reliability to reduce maintenance and operating costs.
Equipped with longer-lasting LED technology, the new lights boast a mean time between failure (MTBF) of 39,000 operating hours. Each light contains two redundant high-power LED systems, for enhanced reliability. A near-end-of-life indicator provides the user with a visual indication when 1,000 operating hours remain. Additionally, the lights are engineered to provide increased resistance to humidity through a proprietary production process.
Currently in service with major European and North American airlines, the new lights are mechanically and electronically interchangeable with existing units installed on A320 conventional wing tips.
"At UTC Aerospace Systems, we're committed to continuously developing technologies and creating products that save our customers time and money, and that's precisely what our new wing navigation lights are designed to do," said Mike Wagner, senior director of Aftermarket for Interiors. "With the recent certifications from FAA and EASA, airlines can now retrofit their A320 fleets with these new lights, and benefit from the increased reliability and operational efficiency they provide."