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Aviation AC and DC Power System Testing

Aviation AC and DC Power System Testing

Reliability of all on-board electrical systems is a critical requirement in aviation safety, ensuring the integrity of the aircraft’s electric-powered equipment and protecting both crew and passengers.

Aircraft electrical systems rely on both AC and DC power. AC systems typically convert mechanical energy to electrical power, supplying avionics, lighting, and cabin systems. DC systems generally power the flight controls, landing gear, and emergency systems. Of course, specifications can vary dependent on the type of aircraft and the individual manufacturers’ design, commercial or military.

Caltest Instruments has a long history of supplying electrical test equipment to the aviation industry, ensuring that manufacturers produce and maintain safe and compliant electrical systems, both AC and DC powered.

All of our equipment is available for sale or hire, and we have a UKAS-accredited calibration laboratory in Hampshire where we can ensure your electrical test equipment is calibrated correctly.

Test Standards

Aircraft electrical equipment is required to meet certain standards such as:

  • Airbus ABD0100.1.8 (A380)
  • Airbus ABD0100.1.8.1 (A350)
  • Boeing 787B3-0147 (787)
  • RTCA/DO-160, Section 16
  • MIL-STD 704
  • MIL-STD 1399-300

Typical requirements include testing for maximum supported output voltage, voltage slew rates, and maximum supported current.

Aviation Test Equipment

Caltest Instruments’ range of programmable AC and DC power sources and loads in combination with a range of software options replicate the environments required to test for compliance to Aerospace power test requirements.

Varying frequency, voltage, or harmonics, the power sources and loads can provide extensive control and simulation of the power on an aircraft. From small systems at the 500VA level to a full aircraft at 100’s of VA.

Knowing exactly which test equipment you require can be challenging, which is where our team of highly-experienced electrical engineers can support your business. We provide bespoke solutions tailored to your exact requirements – tell us the details of your project and we can tailor a system to suit your needs.

For further details on aviation AC and DC power system testing equipment or for a made-to-measure solution, speak with Caltest Instruments today.

Caltest Instruments Ltd Specialists in Power Testing.Caltest has the right equipment for testing aircraft AC and DC power systems.

Speak with our engineers on 01483 302 700 or use the contact form.