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Clear Align to work with Navy aviation

January 25, 2012, 09:33 am

Clear Align, a fiber optics company, will work with the U.S. Navy's aviation systems to develop the Navy's first common fiber optic test kits, which can help pilots and crews better diagnose system failures and increase safety.

Clear Align will use its complex kits to integrate test equipment and aircraft adapters to measure and analyze fiber optic testing results for naval aviation platforms. The new technology will allow Navy aviation systems workers to conduct quick assessments of functionality so they are able to determine if a part needs to be repaired or replaced, and how to complete these tasks cost-effectively.

Implementing cost effective solutions is a priority in both the Navy and Army aviation systems. However, the Army aviation unit is working with producers on innovative technology for improved intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance tasks that might require a hefty investment. According to Army aviation officials, much of the infrastructure and aircrafts used by the Army is old and needs to be upgraded. The Kiowa Warrior fleet is about 35 years old, and the other helicopters in the aviation unit are between 15 and 20 years old, Ft. Leavenworth Lamp reported.

The upgraded technology and infrastructure for the Navy and Army will likely enhance missions and improve safety. For pilots not in the service, pilot insurance is a trusted way for pilots to protect against the unexpected and keep passengers safe on their flights.

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