Raymond Goyco, Jr. is CEO at Baker Aviation Services Group and co-founded HOT-STOP 'L' Fire Containment more than 15-years ago. His knowledge of lithium-ion battery containment in today's powerful portable devices is exceptional and his passion for safety goes above and beyond. This new Q&A With Ray column will appear regularly to answer your questions about this real threat on aircraft and how to contain it! Send your questions to Ray@baker-aviation.com
Why do you prefer to help customers determine the bag size they need?
We are truly passionate about safety and want to ensure our customers are purchasing the appropriate size containment kit for the type of electronic gadgetry being carried on board your aircraft, as well as its specific measurements. In addition, we inquire about plans to upgrade to a larger devices that might require purchasing a second larger bag unnecessarily if they choose the larger kit the first time. This is why we prefer to assist customers when deciding which containment bag to order. Keep in mind, many lithium battery powered devices may be small but have more watt-hour power that could require a different containment solution. We also provide custom solutions that can be designed for a specific device. You can learn more by going to our FAQ's and see the section on milliampere hours (mAh).
What kind of feedback are your getting from your airline customers about the current trends in lithium battery incidents?
As air travel gets back to normal after the pandemic lull, there are more batteries flying on airplanes, therefore an increased threat of events. We are seeing a continued trend with increased incidents related to e-cigarettes and vaping devices. Sometimes it is related to spare batteries not properly stored or possibly over-charging the unit. You can see the recent reports from the FAA have recorded several airline e-cigarettes incidents.
We thought it would be helpful to share tips from the FDA on how to avoid vaping battery fires: FDA Tips for Avoiding Vape Battery Fires:SEE THE TIPSTIPS
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