EarthX has earned an FAA Approved Model List Supplemental Type Certificate (AML STC) for the installation of a 12-volt lithium battery in a variety of single-engine aircraft including Cessnas, Pipers, Mooneys, and the Aviat A-1.
According to EarthX, the new generation EarthX LiFePO4 lithium battery is more than 23 pounds lighter than an equivalent lead acid battery and boasts increased cranking power and a lifespan of more than six years. The battery can also be recharged in minutes rather than hours. The battery includes the STC and installation kit with a battery management system that can alert to anything outside the normal range.
“At EarthX, innovation is the core of our mission. We exemplify this commitment in the aviation industry by being the first company in the world to offer an FAA TSO-approved 12V lithium battery,” Kathy Nicoson, EarthX sales director, said in a statement. “We are extremely proud of this accomplishment and are excited for a growing number of owners to benefit from all of the advanced features and capabilities the EarthX LiFePO4 replacement battery will bring to their aircraft.”
The STC can be utilized by the following single-engine aircraft:
- 150, 150A, B, and C
- 175, 175A, B, and C
- 177, 177A, B, and 177RG
- 180, 180A through K
- 182, 182A through Q
- 185, 185A through F, and A185E
- PA-28-140, 150, 151, 160, 161, 180, 181
- PA-28-235, and -236
- PA-28R-180, -200, -201, and -201T
- PA-28RT-201 and -201T
- PA-28S-160, -180
- PA-12, -18, -20, -22, -24, and -32
- M20E, F, J, and K
The 12-volt LiFePO4 battery and STC retail for $699. The cost of the installation kit varies depending on the model of aircraft.