When it comes to lighting stuff on fire in most workplaces this would be a really bad thing. For the team behind Aeroblaze, their day job is trying to make fires, performing flammability testing on aircraft interiors.
There is perhaps no worse place for a fire than in an airplane when you are traveling 30,000 feet up in the air, and with a growing aerospace presence in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Aeroblaze’s presence is welcome. The company, which is FAA registered, is an independent laboratory that is also accredited to the international quality standards of ISO/IEC, ensuring the absolute highest quality testing and results.
With plans to offer a wide range of flammability testing, currently Aeroblaze offers Bunsen burner testing at vertical, horizontal, 45 and 60 degrees, and Aircraft Blanket along with oil burning testing for seat cushions to be installed in aircraft. With a 4,000 square foot fire testing facility they are in close proximity to Meacham, Alliance, Spinks, and DFW airport and that allows Aeroblaze to quickly provide its’ services to a wide range of customers.
Dallas is home to a growing aerospace industry with companies such as Avionics, Airbus, American Airlines, Raytheon, Bell Helicopter, Southwest Airlines, Honeywell, Bombardier, BBA Aviation, Gulfstream, Pratt & Whitny, and Lockheed Martin–just to name a few. The Office of the Governor releases an annual review of the Aerospace and Aviation Industry within Texas, and the reports just get bigger and better year after year, and highlight DFW’s importance as a growing aerospace hub.
In order to ensure proper testing and reporting it is important to be close to where the action is happening, making DFW a perfect region for a company such as Aeroblaze. Until recently, most passengers on a plane may not have even thought twice about the very real threat of fire on a plane; that is until the recent Samsung Note 7 phone batteries started to catch fire resulting in the phones being banned from airplanes.
As technology becomes more and more dominant in society so does the risk of that technology going up in flames while on a plane. Christine Negroni, for The New York Times, cites the Royal Aeronautical Society of Great Britain estimate that on a jet with 100 passengers, there could be more than 500 lithium-ion batteries, each one as volatile as the next. Fortunately, technology meant to prevent fires on airplanes has also improved.
Michael Berry, of Aviation Safety Magazine, explains that fires require three ingredients: an ignition source, fuel, and oxygen. The key to ensuring that these three ingredients do not exist is to focus on fire prevention. Performing regular maintenance to remove any and all flammable debris during routine inspection and pre-flight walk-arounds is key. Considering the extreme cost of an airplane, it is not shocking that manufacturers invest in alert systems that detect and protect against fire outbreaks in engines and the fuselage preventing a catastrophic fire.
Onboard with products such as the Hot Stop Firefighter Fire Containment Bag and the Flight Fire Containment System, it is possible to stop a fire before it gets out of control and results in serious damage. The containment systems work best when the device with lithium-ion batters are placed inside prior to igniting, the kits include fire safety gloves in order to handle a device that has ignited, allowing for a quick and safe (and water-free) means of extinguishing the fire in accordance with FAA regulations.