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Aviation technology to change the industry

January 31, 2012, 09:00 am

Reveal Imaging recently passed laboratory testing and met the requirements set by the European Civil Aviation Conference for screening and detecting liquids contained inside passenger baggage. The new screening system could help airports and airlines better monitor the liquid being carried on planes, in an effort to increase safety for travelers. Pilot insurance is another tool that can protect pilots and passengers from the unexpected.

In response to international regulators developing new rules, technology and procedures to screen passengers carrying a liquid with them on flights, Reveal Imaging worked to become the first company to develop a screening system that meets EU Commission requirements and standards for equipment being used.

Reveal Imaging is the first company in the world to pass the technically challenging portion of the testing for detecting liquids that could act as explosives or other harmful materials. By successfully passing the test, Reveal Imaging proved its screening system detected the broadest range of liquid explosives to date. The false alarm rate on Reveal's system was also found to be well below the mandated threshold determined by the European Civil Aviation Conference. With advanced screening systems in place, airports will be able to set up procedures and protocol to no longer limit or prohibit the transport of liquids on flights.

"Allowing liquids back into bags will substantially improve operational and economic efficiency for airports throughout Europe and provide greater convenience for the traveling public," said Alex Preston, general manage of SAIC's security and transportation technology business unit. "Passing the Type D test so convincingly with the proven high-throughput, low false alarm rate CT-800 platform, we believe will change the landscape of airport screening for years to come."

In addition, the Future Airborne Capability Environment Consortium recently released the FACE Technical Standard, which provides guidelines for the many avionic systems deployed by the U.S. Department of Defense. The guidelines offer a common procedure and protocol to be used to support applications across the systems, to help the U.S. military aviation community improve its productivity while increasing safety and reducing costs.

Using the guidelines, developers will be able to create and deploy numerous applications across the military aviation systems from a common operating environment. This, in turn, will reduce expenditures, increase collaboration and reduce errors that can endanger pilots, passengers and other military defense members. Another way to protect pilots and passengers is by investing in pilot insurance.

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