Tuesday, 19 October 2010

AeroMechanical Technology Advantages Noted By International Body

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The stone a respected international aviation group just threw into the Atlantic Ocean could create some great ripples for passenger safety and AeroMechanical Services (AMA).

What happened is the group, known as the European Oceanic Position Tracking Improvement & Monitoring program (OPTIMI), issued an interim report on its efforts to find a better way to track, monitor and communicate with aircraft flying over vast areas of the globe that are not covered by radar - like the Atlantic Ocean.

And in that report, OPTIMI stated AMA has the technology to solve that problem, right now.
No other company’s technology was mentioned.

The OPTIMI group was set up in the wake of the Air France 447 flight that tragically disappeared into the Atlantic Ocean in June 2009 claiming the lives of all 228 passengers and crew. A massive search was launched, not only to try and help any survivors, but also to find the aircraft’s black boxes that hold the critical information which could lead investigators to discover why the modern Airbus passenger jet fell from the midnight skies in that stormy equatorial area.

But the boxes have never been found.

OPTIMI’s task was to identify the best way that the critical data flowing into an aircraft’s black box could be practically and economically streamed back to earth stations in emergency situations so the vital clues are available when the black box can’t be found.

Its other task was to find a technology that can precisely track those aircraft in radar-less areas.
The OPTIMI group found that, “AMA’s solution offers great flexibility and is unique in its ability to use a wide range of events to trigger,” emergency alerts to ground personnel about when a plane is in trouble and automatically report where that aircraft is located.

Of course, the latter observation also opens the possibility that ground experts can now talk to pilots to help when an onboard malfunction occurs and hopefully well before a fatality occurs, just like NASA does with its astronauts.

“AMA’s technology is a valid option for consideration within the OPTIMI project as being universally available to civil and military operators ..., ” the report added. OPTIMI will issue a final report at some future date.

To read AMA’s news release on the interim report, please click here.