New Product Highlights From AEA

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Lux Aviation Engineering's announcement at the Aircraft Electronics Association show of its research into lithium polymer for use in aircraft batteries (yes, they're aware that lithium can burn) could one day vastly improve cranking power and add the benefit of significant weight savings. The company says it's working with the Navy and has shared thoughts with Eclipse Aviation and Cirrus Design, to name a few. Cost, for now, is a significant obstacle, but the nanotechnology necessary to achieve required reliability is coming within the next few years, says Lux. With many AEA announcements focused on improving cabin life for the bizjet set, or cockpit life for its pilots and operators, there were still some products that might catch a private flyer's eye. A new very lightweight 406-MHz-ready ELT from Kannad for less than $1,000 caught AVweb's eye at the event. And so did software that from P2 will track the life of every part of your aircraft that you care to limit, every stop the aircraft makes and both log and distinguish time in service and total time. L-3 Avionics showed with fanfare its $15,000 "IRIS" forward looking infrared imaging system, which is sold without a display.