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Empowering Women in Aviation and Promoting Diversity

Over the past 15 years, the number of women in aviation has plateaued. Across all aspects of aviation women currently only make up a fraction of the workforce – between 2% in mechanic roles to just over 16% in air traffic control. So, why is this, and what can we do about it? A-WING (Aviation Women Inspiring the Next Generation) is a non-profit organization working to raise awareness of the challenges faced by women in aviation, and to encourage the industry to take action. With the aviation industry still facing a shortage of skilled workers, there is no time like the present to embrace more diversity in aviation and inspire the next generation of aviation professionals. Breaking the Barriers In 2022 the FAA Women in Aviation Advisory Board (WIAAB) outlined 55 recommendations to address the issue of why women tend to steer away from aviation. The barriers are across recruitment, […]

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START PAC® Launch “Green Machine”, Its New Environmentally Friendly Ground Unit!

START PAC®, the world leader in ground power units has designed the Green Machine (patent pending), a unique modular battery-powered ground power unit to replace diesel- and gas-powered units. The new Green Machine has been launched with the aim of replacing diesel power units (GPU), whilst providing the same service to create a greener working environment. This GPU is entirely battery-powered and does not require an internal combustion engine for power.  The majority of non-transport aircraft operate on the 24-volt direct current system (VDC). These aircraft need to be powered up for ground-based operations and their onboard batteries are inadequate, therefore there is a need for an external power supply source from a ground power unit. Currently, most GPUs are powered with diesel engines, which are loud, environment-polluting, expensive to run and maintain. To address this problem, airports worldwide are requiring diesel- and gas-powered units to be replaced with battery-powered […]

Universal Hydrogen Successfully Completes First Flight of Hydrogen Regional Airliner

What the First Dash 8 Hydrogen-Electric Flight Means for Aviation

The aviation industry is taking another big step towards sustainable air travel with the successful test flight of Universal’s hydrogen-electric system on a De Havilland Canada Dash 8-300, nicknamed Lightning McClean.

Hydrogen fuel cells are a pivotal advancement for electrical power flight. As the technology is developed further, larger aircraft and longer flights could be electrically powered. This trailblazing trial marks a critical juncture, as the aviation sector strives for sustainable air travel.

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Flight Operations in Antarctica: One of the World’s Most Challenging Environments

Operating flights in Antarctica is unlike most other places on Earth. Logistics are hampered by extreme cold, wind, and limited infrastructure. However, with careful planning and execution, these trials can be conquered.

Whether flights are to transport scientists and supplies to scientific bases, or charter tourism flights, they all operate in an extreme environment. In this article, we look at a few of the challenges and how operating flights in this environment is different.

Dallas Executive Airport Crash

Dallas Executive Airport Crash – Loss Felt Throughout the Industry

Our heartfelt condolences go out to the families of the victims from and those who witnessed the tragic aviation accident at the Dallas Executive Airport on Saturday, November 12, 2022. The aviation community, while vast and global is also tightly knit and accidents such as these send a shock throughout the industry. Eve Storm, START PAC President & CEO

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European Rotors 2022

Team START PAC are at the European Rotors event in Koelnmesse Convention Centre North, hall 8, in Cologne, Germany. After a successful debut in 2021, European Rotors are back with 3 days full of industry insight, innovations and more. Come and see us over on stand #1505 to discuss how START PACs range of mobile ground power products and advanced lithium starting units can benefit your business. EUROPEAN ROTORS has lifted off with an overwhelmingly successful live debut in 2021! Join us now for the 2nd edition of the one and only European event where you will meet the entire VTOL community and grow your business! The European Helicopter Association (EHA) and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) have teamed up to create an exceptional showcase for the European VTOL branch: Industry, operators and the regulator are coming together and discussing the future of vertical flight. EUROPEAN ROTORS is […]

Dubai Heli Show 2022

Dubai Heli Show 2022

Team START PAC had a great time at the Dubai Heli Show this year. We got to touch base with existing customers and made new connections with forward-thinking aviation businesses. Thank you to all who attended and we look forward to next years’ event. Find a ground power solution for your business, please click here.

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NBAA 2022, Orlando, Oct 18-20th

START PAC are excited to be attending NBAA 2022 this year. This is one of the biggest aviation events of the year, where we get to meet customers old and new, and genuinely have a fantastic time networking with like-minded aviation professionals from across the globe. If you’re attending NBAA and you’re on the market for high quality mobile ground power solutions, or even if you just want to come and say hello and talk to us about all things aviation, be sure to come and see Eve, Francois and the START PAC team over at booth 3481 this year. “Let’s connect! The 2022 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) is the topflight intersection between embracing future-forward and innovative perspectives, and exploring the leading marketplace for modern high-tech aircraft, as well as business aviation’s best products and services. Immerse yourself in the world of single-engine piston aircraft, turboprops, business […]

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InnoTrans 2022 – Start Pac Locomotive Solutions

START PAC’s rail division is excited to be exhibiting at the thirteenth InnoTrans 2022 event, being held in Berlin Exhibition Grounds from September 20th to the 23rd, 2022. Come and visit us to learn about how our ultra heavy duty diesel locomotive starting unit solutions can solve your maintenance team’s engine starting problems, and help reduce downtime and operational costs. Every two years, Berlin hosts InnoTrans, the world’s largest trade show for transportation technology. The InnoTrans event takes up all 42 halls of the Berlin Exhibition Grounds, subdivided into the five trade show categories of Railway Technology, Railway Infrastructure, Public Transport, Interiors, and Tunnel Construction. Click here to learn more about InnoTrans 2022. View our range of 24v – 72v locomotive engine starting power supplies here.

Video Review – Lithium Aircraft Starting Unit GPU vs Onboard Batteries

Video Review – Lithium Aircraft Starting Unit GPU vs Onboard Batteries

Amazing video from one of our valued customers comparing our external lithium powered starting unit with onboard aircraft batteries on his Mitsubishi MU-2B-60 Marquise Turbo Prop aircraft. We’ll let the results speak for themselves! “The Key to safe Turboprop engine starts is the battery. In most cases the on-board battery in the aircraft is expensive and does not perform as well as the current battery technology. Lithium batteries have been the mainstay for many industries over the last 10 years, and now have found a place in the modern Turboprop and Jet market in the form of a portable Ground Power Unit ( GPU )” More on our Li2800QC on the link below.