Change to EASA Certification Memorandum Will Affect Portable Wireless IFE Sector



EASA Certification Memorandum CM-21.A-CS-001 issue 02 provides specific guidance for the classification of design changes to cabin interiors of Large Aeroplanes. 
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What is the change?

An update made to the EASA Certification Memorandum CM-21.A-CS-001 issue 02, on April 30th, 2021, has notably re-classified any PED charging station in an aircraft stowage compartment as a “major changeduring battery recharging that may involve multiple PEDs that cannot be observed.


What Does it Mean for Portable Wireless IFE Systems?

There have been strict regulations around the carriage of Lithium batteries in the cargo hold of aircraft for quite some time, but less specific guidance has been provided for Lithium batteries in devices that are carried into the cabin by passengers and crew.

Battery-powered portable wireless IFE solutions (pioneered by AirFi in 2014) have become increasingly popular with airlines around the world and numerous providers have subsequently launched their own versions of hardware. More recently, to simplify operations and overcome the battery life limitations of such systems, many suppliers…



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