Earlier today, in response to Sunday’s loss of AirAsia flight 8501, FLYHT CEO Bill Tempany appeared on Business News Network and spoke with host Greg Bonnell about FLYHT’s Automated Information Reporting System (AFIRS™).
In the segment, Mr. Tempany discussed flight 8501 and how AFIRS works in an emergency situation.
Here are some key points from the interview:
- Mr. Tempany started the interview by providing a brief overview of AFIRS, “The product was intended to help airlines improve operational efficiency and maintenance costs, provide communications tools to the crew, but it has the added benefit of being able to stream all of the data that is stored on the black box in real-time in the event of abnormal operating conditions.”
- Following the introduction, Mr. Tempany continued by stating, “I firmly believe that the work going on today with the various industry groups around flight tracking and black box data transmission make our technology a timely discussion point in the industry.” He continued, “The intent of our product is to get information faster about where the aircraft might be, information about what may have caused the incident and to give the pilots the opportunity to communicate to try to get help if there is a problem.”
- “We certainly believe that our technology would enhance the capability of both the Government Agencies and Airline to have better information at their fingertips so they know what’s going on,” stated Tempany.
- When asked if he thought that the tragedies this year would speed up the regulatory process, Mr. Tempany rounded out the interview by stating, “We hope it does. We’re very active with all of the regulatory groups. As a regular flyer, I really hope it speeds up the regulation and airlines get onboard with this technology very quickly. It’s a concern for me that people don’t know where the aircraft is when I’m traveling around the globe.”
- AFIRS has been in service for 7-8 years and is currently aboard 400 aircraft belonging to 45 Airlines. It was not installed aboard flight 8501
To view the BNN interview, please click here.