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Plug and Fly Direction Finding

The landscape of aviation has been changing over recent years; with increasing demand being placed on financial and physical resources, the numbers of multirole aircraft are growing. The benefits of this change are numerous, it can reduce costs and maximise on productivity, it can make downtime for maintenance on other aircraft in the fleet less problematic and allows multiple agencies to combine their resources for optimal efficiency, particularly in Search and Rescue scenarios.

The Plug and Fly Direction Finding from Techtest has been specifically designed in order to meet the requirements of multirole aircraft, with a rapid fit configuration allowing you to be airborne within the hour. Not only is it quick, but we also offer a range of fitment options to suit the airframe and available real estate, making this a versatile product for a fast-paced market.  Cameras, search lights and sirens are commonly available with quick mount options, our new product takes this approach to search and rescue a step further. Detecting the transmission from Personal Locator Beacons, vital survival equipment and compulsory for all flight vehicles, the Plug and Fly Direction finding, homes in on the signal, without the need for back and forth sweeps in flight- a fuel and time saving benefit. This supports quicker recovery of personnel and assets, reduced time required in the air, and therefore reduced running costs for the aircraft.

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GADSS and why we need it

Over the past decade flight safety has attracted continued media attention, with the losses of both Air France flight 447 and MH370, which, despite a lengthy search has never been found.

Many members of the general public wanted to know why we were unable to locate such a huge object; How could an aeroplane simply vanish? Why did it seem so easy for a plane to just crash without trace? Since March 2014, and the unsuccessful search for MH370, a new set of recommendations has been drawn up in order to improve flight safety and tracking capability. GADSS (Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety System) suggests that we should be able to track aircraft from normal flight paths, through to abnormal scenarios, then to distress tracking and ultimately, in the worst cases, should facilitate discovery and recovery of casualties and flight data recorders.

500-32 Series: Our latest innovation

Lithium has long been a leading choice for batteries, thanks to its exceptional power and longevity. These properties make it ideal for use in ELT’s and other avionic devices onboard aircraft, both commercial and military. It is, however, unfortunate that Lithium is highly flammable, a huge safety concern when aircraft are so vulnerable to the effects of fire. Lithium batteries are significantly more susceptible to internal failure, including thermal runaway, a continued heating of the battery to the point of ignition. Once ignited these can explode or result in a self-sustaining fire.

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Flight data recorders, or black boxes as they are colloquially known, have long been a requirement on both commercial and military aircraft, since 1967 in fact. They enable vital data recovery should an accident occur, and this can be used to establish a cause as well as being used to prevent similar accidents occurring in future.

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You know that one of the worst scenarios your people could be in, is when a plane or helicopter is ditching. Not only is this a terrifying experience for those on board, but it requires that they remain composed under very challenging conditions.

We all hope that the worst will never happen, but inevitably, for some of us, it does; in those instances, being rapidly locatable can be lifesaving. Personal Locator Beacons are certainly nothing new, military personnel have been using them for some years, but development of smaller, better and more robust products is necessary in such a diverse and evolving industry.

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