Over the weekend Canadian network, Global, featured FLYHT Aerospace’s AFIRS real-time data streaming technology aboard First Air, the first airline to adopt the Disappearance Proof technology. The three minute segment highlights the way in which the AFIRS system acts as a solution to track aircraft, stream vital black box data and improve on the already very safe airline industry.
Here are some highlights from the segment:
- First Air is the only airline to adopt “Disappearance Proof” AFIRS real-time data streaming technology on its entire fleet of aircraft,
- AFIRS technology is aboard more than 400 aircraft world-wide,
- Under normal conditions AFIRS reports every five minutes, and when triggered by abnormal event data is transmitted every second,
- Streaming event triggers include sudden changes in altitude, sudden turns, or loss of communication.
The disappearance of Malaysia Air 370 was noted as a perfect example of how FLYHT’s technology could have made a difference. “There would be a lot more information about what was going on with the aircraft at the time it went off the grid,” stated FLYHT CEO Bill Tempany.
Rounding out the interview Mr. Tempany stated, “We have a device that will get them the information when they need it, where they need it, and we hope to see a rapid increase in adoption.”
While the press and media have been focused on the company’s “flight following” technology, it is forgotten that this is just one of the many features of the system. The technology’s focus is “economics”, as its main thrust is aircraft systems monitoring, which has been proven to cut fuel and maintenance costs substantially. The one-time cost of AFIRS per aircraft is between $100,000 and $120,000, which includes the cost of hardware as well as the cost of installation.