Following certification by the FAA and EASA, operators of Airbus A320 Family aircraft are now able to upgrade the emergency floor path marking to the latest version of STG Aerospace’s market-leading saf-Tglo® photoluminescent system, SuperSeal UltraLite (SSUL).
First launched in 1995 and with continuous evolutions ever since, saf-Tglo® stores and simultaneously emits light and marks the way to the emergency exits after a short charging period. Requiring no power source, saf-Tglo® is a low cost, maintenance free solution for emergency floor path lighting and features a unique fully-sealed design that eliminates fluid ingress and can reduce maintenance costs by up to 80% compared to other systems. Now installed on over 10,000 aircraft operating for over 300 airlines worldwide, saf-Tglo® is the market leading photoluminescent floor path marking system.
The latest generation SSUL incorporates all the fundamental design features of earlier saf-Tglo® designs and is 70% lighter and 17% brighter, helping to reduce airline fuel costs and making it the highest performing system of its kind. Already specified as line fit by numerous aircraft manufacturers and retrofitted on many aircraft in the aftermarket, SSUL is already installed and flying on A320 aircraft.
Featuring a reduced depth profile to suit modern light weight carpets, SSUL is the narrowest, lightest and most discrete floor path marking solution available and is manufactured in one-piece lengths that can be easily cut to fit and sealed during installation. In addition, carpet edges can be concealed with the OverCarpet™ housing option with a hinged-wing design that removes the need for carpet binding, saving further cost.
Marcus Williams, Global Sales and Marketing Director for STG Aerospace, commented: “SSUL builds on the outstanding success of our saf-Tglo® product range. Securing EASA and FAA approval for the successful Airbus A320 Family now allows operators of these aircraft to install the latest next-generation emergency exit lighting solution helping to save significant costs, both operational and maintenance, compared with electrical systems.”
The A320, the first Airbus single-aisle aircraft, was launched in March 1984 with the first deliveries in March 1988. The A320 Family was soon extended to include the A321, the A319 and the A318. Continuing to set industry standards for comfort and operating economy on short to medium-haul routes, the A320 pioneered the use of digital fly-by-wire flight control systems, as well as side-stick controls, in commercial aircraft. There are currently over 6000 Airbus A320 Family aircraft in service with some 5000+ further aircraft on firm order.