Airbus has honored what is claimed to be the world’s smallest and lightest halon-free cabin fire extinguisher with an innovation award at the Airbus Global Supplier Conference in Tianjin in China in the ‘Systems & Equipment, Cabin and Propulsion’ category. The P3 Hafex fits into all existing holders for current Halon fire extinguishers, thus helping reduce costs for the obligatory introduction of halon-free extinguishers.
The extinguisher has been developed in cooperation with ANAF Group and Firemark and complies with the conditions of the Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the ozone layer. P3’s fire extinguisher was delivered at the end of 2016, in line with the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). ICAO had previously determined that new aircraft should be equipped with halon-free fire extinguishers as of December 31, 2016. Later, the date was changed to December 31, 2018. By 2025, all commercial aircraft will require halon-free handheld cabin fire extinguishers.