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AS&E awarded general aviation inspection contract with DHS

February 4, 2011, 04:56 pm

The Department of Homeland Security has announced a new partnership with the X-ray detection equipment company American Science and Engineering. The government agency has awarded the company a $14 million contract to continue phase two of development for their prototype of a portable device to scan cargo areas on general aviation planes, the company announced.

The company successfully completed phase one, which entailed researching the current problems that plague government enforcement of general aviation security standards according to the company. The phase two add-on will help them continue enhancing the design of the device.

So far, the prototype includes the company's trademark Z Backscatter technology, which provides for coverage of the complete aircraft, and can easily be operated by one man. "Our innovative system will provide DHS with a portable inspection solution that can be customized to screen general aviation aircraft for threats and contraband," said the company's president and CEO, Anthony Fabiano.

Just as the Department of Homeland Security is willing to dedicate funds to protecting the nation from any threat posed by aviation operations, pilots should also make financial provisions to protect their families and prepare them for possibly being involved in a fatal accident. Life insurance for pilots is an optimal way they can make such an investment in their family's future.  

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