Boeing picks cameras for cockpit door security

ATLANTA, 12 Jan. 2006. AD Aerospace has been awarded Boeing technical offerability for its FlightVu systems on Boeing 737, 747, 767 and 777 airplanes.

ATLANTA, 12 Jan. 2006. AD Aerospace has been awarded Boeing technical offerability for its FlightVu systems on Boeing 737, 747, 767 and 777 airplanes.

This new system will enable airlines to enhance their cockpit security with cameras watching the area outside the flight deck door, linked to the flight crew's Multi Function Displays (MFDs).

The system will act similarly to AD Aerospace's already offerable Electronic Flight Bag CIU by providing a Flight Deck Entry Video Surveillance System (FDEVSS) that has two-to-four cameras positioned to cover the approach to the flight deck door and the forward galley areas. This enables the flight crew to confirm who is outside the secured flight deck door when entry is requested and to ensure that they are not acting under duress or that any potential threat is nearby.

The crew selects the images on their MFDs from their normal seated positions without interfering with essential flight data. Once they are certain the situation is safe, they can allow the requested entry to the flight deck.

"We at AD Aerospace believe that video systems, particularly those that enhance pilots' situational awareness, are an important addition to aircraft safety and security. This system demonstrates that integrating Security Video with existing flight deck Multi Function Displays make great sense, and I am certain it is an option that will be taken up by many airlines," said Mike Horne, managing director of AD Aerospace.

"The mere knowledge that such systems are fitted to aircraft actually can reduce the risk of an incident taking place and, should anything occur, make it possible for it to be dealt with more effectively."

AD Aerospace Ltd., designs and manufactures aerospace video camera equipment, including state-of-the-art video security systems, it produced the world's first aerospace certified video server in 1999. The company is part of the AD Holdings Group, which is the world leader in multi channel digital video recorders. AD Aerospace is a CAA/EASA approved designer and manufacturer of video camera systems for commercial aerospace, and an approved supplier to The Boeing Company. It has facilities in Manchester, England, Atlanta, Ga., and Singapore. For more information, see www.ad-aero.com.

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