A pilot with an AvSax fire mitigation bag A pilot with an AvSax fire mitigation bag All these gadgets powered by lithium-ion batteries easily fit into an AvSax fire containment bag All these gadgets powered by lithium-ion batteries easily fit into an AvSax fire containment bag An AvSax fire mitigation bag for aircraft An AvSax fire mitigation bag for aircraft

Why all aircraft should carry an AvSax battery fire containment bag

All aircraft are vulnerable to fires on board which is why every one should have an AvSax lithium battery fire containment bag. 

The bags are needed to deal with lithium-ion battery fires – and with hundreds of batteries on board every flight powering passengers’ personal electronic devices from mobile phones to laptops, the potential risk of a fire is ever present. 

Many smaller airline operators and helicopter companies are now also carrying AvSax too so they can quickly deal with any incident involving an overheating or burning lithium-ion battery. 

AvSax covers the airline’s duty of care and responsibility to passengers as carrying one on board means the crew is: 

* Able to contain an electronic device in a bag that is so resilient it can contain the force of the device going into full thermal runaway. 

* Reduce the chance of catastrophic damage to the aircraft. 

* Reduce the risk of toxic smoke in the cabin which would be highly dangerous to both passengers and crew. 

* Means that the flight probably won’t need to be diverted. The estimated average cost of an aircraft diversion in the USA is $400,000. Aircraft that have deployed AvSax in action have never had to divert. 

AvSax are made from military-grade material which means that if the device bursts into flames it’s contained within the bag. They can even withstand the force of a battery charger exploding in them – containing the heat, blast and debris. 

If lithium-ion batteries overheat or catch fire they go into what’s known as thermal runaway. This happens when one cell in a battery overheats it can produce enough heat – up to 900°C (1652°F) – to cause adjacent cells to overheat. This can cause a lithium battery fire to flare repeatedly. 

The last place you want this happening is in the confined space of an aircraft cabin – but airline companies now insist that passengers must never put spare lithium-ion batteries in aircraft holds. They must always take them into the cabin instead.

The reason is that if lithium-ion batteries catch fire they burn with such intense heat and high temperatures that electronic firefighting systems in plane holds would be unlikely to stop them from spreading. Any fire could quickly take hold with terrible consequences for all on board.

The Federal Aviation Administration in the USA and the Civil Aviation Authority in the UK have clear rules on how lithium batteries should be taken on board aircraft. Read all about them at http://avsax.com/news/the-ultimate-guide-to-taking-lithium-ion-batteries-on-passenger-planes

AvSax managing director Richard Bailey said: “The pandemic has taken a massive toll on airlines worldwide but we are now beginning to see the start of the recovery and here at AvSax there has been a noticeable increase in inquiries over the last few weeks.

“We realise this is a tough time for the industry so we are doing what we can to help by offering AvSax at a discounted price at the moment.”

AvSax are the world’s best-selling lithium battery fire containment bag for PEDs on aircraft and are now on more than 15,373 aircraft operated by 80 airline companies. They have been used 33 times to deal with emergencies since the start of 2017 and every time they have been deployed the aircraft has been able to complete its journey safely with no need to divert or make an emergency landing.

AvSax won the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the UK in 2018.

For more information go to http://avsax.com/