AD Aerospace and AEI Supply Fleet Wide Fit
Corsair, the French scheduled airline and part of TUI AG, has selected FlightVu Cockpit Door Monitoring Systems (CDMS) for added security on its fleet of six Boeing B747s, two Boeing B737s and two Airbus A330s. Corsair is one of the earliest French airlines to adopt this technology to enhance the security and safety of its passengers and crew.
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 view the area outside the flight deck door, including the adjacent galleys, from their usual seated positions. The pilots can visually identify anyone requesting entry and take appropriate action should an incident arise.
“Corsair considers the safety and security of our passengers and crew as our top priority,” said Pierre Chesneau, chairman manager of Corsair. “We believe that FlightVu CDMS will further enhance the systems and procedures we already have in place.”
Security measures are being 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 two or three CCTV cameras linked to a LCD monitor or monitors 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.
“We are very happy to be providing FlightVu CDMS for the Corsair fleet,” said Mike Horne, Managing Director, AD Aerospace. “We truly believe that CCTV surveillance combined with secure flight deck doors greatly enhances the in-flight safety of commercial aircraft.”
FlightVu cockpit door monitoring systems have been or are being installed on aircraft for, Air Seychelles, bmi, Britannia, Corsair, easyJet, FlyJet, Hapag Lloyd, Britannia Nordic and MyTravel amongst others.