Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, has selected FlightVu Cockpit Door Monitoring Systems (CDMS) for its pair of Boeing 767-300ERs.
Air Seychelles operates the youngest fleet in the Indian Ocean and its always forward looking in adopting new technology to improve the flying experience for its passengers including their safety and security.
“Our passengers and crew are always the first priority at Air Seychelles,” said Gustave Pragassen, Principal Engineer, Air Seychelles. “We view the addition of FlightVu Cockpit Door Monitoring Systems as a positive enhancement to the safety and security systems we already have in place.”
AD Aerospace of Manchester, UK and Aircraft Engineering & Installation Services Inc. (AEI) of Orlando, Florida, USA are providing the video security system and installation design respectively. The FlightVu CDMS system enables the flight crew to monitor the area outside the flight deck door and adjacent galleys without leaving their seats. The pilots can visually identify anyone requesting entry and take appropriate action should an incident arise.
Security measures have been increased throughout the airline industry. This is in response to the heightened awareness of risks from terrorism and air rage over the last few years. Although the introduction of intrusion resistant cockpit doors has made pilots and the airlines safer, it has also isolated the pilots by making them unaware of what is happening in the cabin. This is where Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) comes into use.
The FlightVu CDMS consists of three CCTV cameras linked to a LCD monitor strategically mounted in the cockpit pedestal. The system provides the flight deck crew with clear, forward viewing, real-time video of the area outside the cockpit door. The CCTV cameras are flush mounted, in low-profile color coordinated housings, to the aircraft interior outside the secure cabin door and in the galley area. Infra Red Illuminators are included to allow the area to be viewed even with the cabin lights extinguished.
“AD Aerospace is delighted to be assisting Air Seychelles with its cockpit door security,” said Mike Horne, Managing Director, AD Aerospace. “We believe that the existence of secure flight deck doors and efficient CCTV surveillance greatly enhances the safety of commercial airline flights.”
FlightVu Cockpit Door Monitoring Systems have been or are being installed on aircraft for Astraeus, bmi, Britannia, easyJet, FlyJet, Hapag Lloyd, Air Seychelles and MyTravel.