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InFlight Labs' Smart Transponder Deploys 3-Point Aircraft Tracking System While In Flight
Source : Internal ~ Dated : Monday, March 30, 2015 @ 08:51 AM
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In an interview with Flightit.net, Joseph Bekanich, a spokesman for InFlight Labs LLC briefs us about the company's recently launched tamper-proof smart avionics product. 

Questions and Answers

Q : Please give an overview of your tamper-proof Smart Avionics product.

Joseph Bekanich :

Smart Transponder™ Automatically Deploys a 3-Point Aircraft Tracking System while the Aircraft is in Flight.

Smart Transponder™ will activate its’ Real-time Avionics Monitoring System in concert with other key avionics on take-off; and power down in the same way on landing. This way there will be no confusion when the aircraft transponder is placed in “standby mode” after landing.

The Smart Transponder’s self-powered Avionics Monitoring System will “police” the existing Transponder’s power management; if a power interruption occurs during flight; a pre-defined “7700” Aircraft Emergency Message” will automatically deployed to ATC through a secure communication system that is not interrupted by the existing transponder communication methodology.

Concurrently, Smart Transponder™ activates the aircrafts existing Emergency Location Transmitter (ELT) and or Smart ELT™ on the aircraft to send a GPS-based Search and Rescue (SAR-SAT) Alert to the Global SAR-SAT Satellite constellation circling the earth to continuously track the aircraft.

Smart Transponder™ also sends a detailed burst message to Aviation and select Government Authorities over another communications methodology informing them of the incident.

Smart Transponder™ (as well as Smart ADS-B, Smart ELT and Smart FDR) may be activated “Over-the-Air” by Air Traffic Management when an aircraft stops communicating; has sent a “Mayday” message or disappears off of ATC Tracking System”.

Q : How does it compare in terms of cost to competing products?

Joseph Bekanich :

Even though the pricing has not been announced we feel it will be comparable to similar avionics.

Q : Please explain how the Smart Avionics will automatically inform ATC through an air-to-ground avionics monitoring system.

Joseph Bekanich :

The self-powered Smart Transponder™ retains a pre-defined “7700” Aircraft Emergency Message” in its persistent memory; if a power interruption occurs during flight; Smart Transponder will automatically “squawk 7700 - Aircraft Emergency Message” to ATC through a secure communication system (confidential) that is not interrupted by the existing transponder communication methodology.

Q : How will the Smart Transponder coordinate with other systems like Smart ACARS, Smart ADS-B, Smart FDR, Smart ELT?

Joseph Bekanich :

They we will be wired or wirelessly networked. Smart ACARS™, Smart ADS-B™, Smart FDR™, Smart ELT™ and Smart TAWS™ will not just “police” “power management” (likeSmart Transponder™) but will embrace real-time “data sensing technology” to monitor the FDR, TAWS and EICAS avionics. These Real-time “Air-to-Ground” Avionics Monitoring Systems apprise ATC or Flight Monitoring Services of an inflight crisis or avionics abnormalities in real-time. With the addition of “Over-the-Air” activation (or deactivation) of our Smart ELT (Smart Emergency Location Transmitter) by ATC which will send a  406MHz GPS-based Search and Rescue (SAR-SAT) Alert to the Global SAR-SAT Satellite constellation circling the earth to continuously track the aircraft will be the cornerstone in all developments.

InFlight Labs Smart Avionics will keep a “health check” on the aircraft at all times; so if there is a loss of cabin pressure, a drop in altitude or a smoke detector activation, certain steps will automatically deploy such as: activation of the Smart ELT to immediately activate Real-time Aircraft Tracking by Search and Rescue Satellite; “Air-to-Ground” Audio/Video Link and Inflight Flight Data Recorder access/download; and situational awareness to authorities who “need to know” through a real-time messaging network.

Q : Has the product been approved by civil aviation regulatory agencies in major countries such as the US and the EU?

Joseph Bekanich :

Not as of yet…our goal is to initial models available for testing some in the time 4thquarter of 2015. We feel our experienced avionics manufacturing partners will help stream line the approval process in major countries.   

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