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Metamaterial Technologies signs MoU with Airbus to defend against laser cockpit strikes

Metamaterial Technologies Signs MoU With Airbus To Defend Against Laser Cockpit Strikes

Airbus[1] wholly owned subsidiary Satair Group (Copenhagen, Denmark) and Metamaterial Technologies (MTI; Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada) and its optical filters division Lamda Guard (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will lead to an exclusive multi-million dollar global distribution agreement to bring MTI’s laser protection product metaAIR to the civil aviation market.

RELATED ARTICLE: MetaAIR metamaterial film protects pilots from cockpit laser strikes[2]

metaAIR is nanofabricated as a flexible metamaterial optical filter[3] which can be applied to any transparent surface–such as the inner surface of an aircraft’s cockpit windscreen–to control unwanted light sources while not interfering with visibility. The filter deflects harmful laser beams aimed at aircraft[4] windscreens even at high power levels and from wide angles preventing the beam from reaching the inside of the aircraft cockpit. In addition to laser protection at night metaAIR may also feature new types of optical protections such as Ultraviolet ray protection for daytime operation at cruising altitudes, answering a long-established concern for many flight crews.

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Laser strikes on commercial aircraft have risen over the years and laser pointers[5] are increasing in power and decreasing in price. Lasers can distract and even harm pilots during critical phases of flight and can cause temporary visual impairment. Over 2000 laser incidents were recorded in the USA in the first four months alone of 2017 according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). In 2015 there were over 10,000 laser incidents reported to the FAA, the UK Civil Aviation Authority and Transport Canada. Satair Group’s involvement follows in the footsteps of two previous agreements signed between Airbus and MTI s Lamda Guard division over the past three years. In 2014 MTI entered Airbus Corporate Innovation’s Start-Up 2 Partner program which aims at building mutually beneficial partnerships with disruptive innovators and start-up companies. While setting the ground for future business arrangements, with the support of the Airbus Aircraft Security team, the program also evaluated, tested and tailored metaAIR for potential application on to its aircraft. Earlier this year, a new agreement for the validation, certification and commercialization of the product was announced. Satair Group is now moving this relationship to commercialization and will deploy its global presence and extended distribution and parts support services to all commercial aviation market segments with a full metaAIR service offering package.

Satair Group will choose an experienced partner for Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) development to ensure metaAIR meets airworthiness and certification requirements for different aircraft types. Certification approval initially from the FAA, European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) is expected to be granted in early 2018 with other relevant jurisdictions following later.

The metaAIR product will be developed initially for the Airbus A320 family, followed shortly afterwards by all other Airbus and also Boeing types, as well as for other commercial airliners[6]. Satair Group also sees demand for this product coming from business and general aviation and rotary wing customers.

SOURCE: Metamaterial Technologies; http://www.metamaterial.com/news-and-events/press-releases/press-release/satair-group-and-metamaterial-technologies-inc-sign-memorandum-of-understanding-to-bring-innovative-laser-strike-protection-to-civil-aviation-market/[7]

References

  1. ^ Airbus (www.laserfocusworld.com)
  2. ^ MetaAIR metamaterial film protects pilots from cockpit laser strikes (www.laserfocusworld.com)
  3. ^ flexible metamaterial optical filter (www.laserfocusworld.com)
  4. ^ deflects harmful laser beams aimed at aircraft (www.laserfocusworld.com)
  5. ^ laser pointers (www.laserfocusworld.com)
  6. ^ commercial airliners (www.laserfocusworld.com)
  7. ^ http://www.metamaterial.com/news-and-events/press-releases/press-release/satair-group-and-metamaterial-technologies-inc-sign-memorandum-of-understanding-to-bring-innovative-laser-strike-protection-to-civil-aviation-market/ (www.laserfocusworld.com)

Montreal suspect in Michigan airport stabbing had tried to buy a gun, FBI says

A 49-year-old Montreal resident, suspected of stabbing a police officer at a Michigan airport, tried and failed to buy a gun before purchasing the knife allegedly used in the attack, the FBI said Thursday. Investigators are still trying to determine why Amor Ftouhi travelled from his home in Montreal to Flint, a struggling city in the American rustbelt more than 1,000 kilometres away, where the attack occurred. Dave Gelios, the lead FBI investigator in the case, told a news conference there is still no evidence Ftouhi has ties to any organization.

“I can say that the knife was purchased in the United States, somewhere along his trip from New York,” Gelios said.

“The reason I give that information I think it’s a good news story that we have an individual who attempted to buy a gun in the United States and was unsuccessful.”

Truck driver, father of 3

Ftouhi is a dual Canadian-Tunisian citizen, who lives in an apartment in Montreal’s St-Michel neighbourhood. Neighbours described him as a “good person” who tended to keep to himself. He held jobs at a grocery store and trained to become a security guard before working as a truck driver in recent years, according to a copy of his resum obtained by CBC News. He has no prior criminal record and, according to his CV, had obtained a FAST pass, a special permit used by truckers to speed up crossing the U.S.-Canada border.

The FBI maintains Ftouhi crossed into the United States at Champlain, N.Y., on June 16, and appears to have arrived in Michigan two days later. His car was found in the parking lot of Bishop International Airport.

Montreal Suspect In Michigan Airport Stabbing Had Tried To Buy A Gun, FBI Says

The FBI believes Ftouhi crossed into the U.S. several days before the attack in Flint, Mich. (Facebook)

Ftouhi was taken into custody almost immediately after the Wednesday morning attack. He was charged with committing violence at an airport. The suspect appeared in federal court in Flint on Thursday to hear the charge and will get a court-appointed attorney. A bond hearing was scheduled for next Wednesday. He could face additional charges. Ftouhi told court officials that he has lived in Canada for a decade and has three children.

“He said he was working off and on as a truck driver. Last worked about two weeks ago,” Linsey Carson, a court pretrial services officer, told a judge. “He indicated no mental or physical health problems and no drug or alcohol use.”

The officer who was stabbed at the airport, Lt. Jeff Neville, is recovering in a local hospital. Officials said Thursday he is “doing well.”

‘Atypical’ profile

Ftouhi’s Facebook page, which hasn’t been updated since 2016, shed little light on his views.

The only posts in the past few years were two YouTube videos in Arabic one about methods of memorizing the Qur’an and another about how to stop somebody from swallowing their tongue.

Montreal Suspect In Michigan Airport Stabbing Had Tried To Buy A Gun, FBI Says

Police check the identification of a man in front of an apartment building in Montreal where Amor Ftouhi lives. (Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press)

“The profile is a bit atypical,” said David Morin, a professor at Sherbrooke University and co-director of the Observatory on Radicalization and Violent Extremism, adding that Ftouhi had apparently passed “completely under the radar” of law enforcement.

“The fact that he was awarded this [FAST pass] card, if indeed it is proven, would tend to show that no, in terms of risk assessment, the gentleman presented no particular danger.”

Satair Group, MTI sign MoU to bring innovative laser strike protection to civil aviation market

Airbus wholly-owned subsidiary, Satair Group and Metamaterial Technologies Inc. (MTI) and its optical filters division, Lamda Guard of Halifax, Nova Scotia, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU), which will lead to an exclusive multi-million dollar global distribution agreement to bring MTI s laser protection product metaAIR to the civil aviation market.

Satair Group, MTI Sign MoU To Bring Innovative Laser Strike Protection To Civil Aviation MarketGeorge Palikaras, founder and CEO of Metamaterial Technologies Inc. (left) and Bart Reijnen, CEO of Satair Group, celebrate the recent agreement. Metamaterial Technologies Inc. Photo Advertisement


metaAIR is nanofabricated as a flexible metamaterial optical filter which can be applied to any transparent surface such as the inner surface of an aircraft s cockpit windscreen to control unwanted light sources while not interfering with visibility. The filter deflects harmful laser beams aimed at aircraft windscreens even at high power levels and from wide angles preventing the beam from reaching the inside of the aircraft cockpit. In addition to laser protection at night, metaAIR may also feature new types of optical protections such as ultraviolet ray protection for daytime operation at cruising altitudes, answering a long-established concern for many flight crews. Laser strikes on commercial aircraft have risen over the years and laser pointers are increasing in power and decreasing in price. Lasers can distract and even harm pilots during critical phases of flight and can cause temporary visual impairment.

Over 2,000 laser incidents were recorded in the U.S. in the first four months alone of 2017, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). In 2015, there were over 10,000 laser incidents reported to the FAA, the UK Civil Aviation Authority and Transport Canada.

This marks a key milestone for MTI, said George Palikaras, MTI founder and CEO. Satair Group is a global leader in aerospace supply management and known for their innovative products. We are very pleased to have Satair Group as our exclusive distributor for our laser protection products. Through our partnership with Satair Group we will introduce metaAIR to the commercial aviation market in 2018, offering a solution to the increasing threats of laser strikes in global aviation. Satair Group s involvement follows in the footsteps of two previous agreements signed between Airbus and MTI s Lamda Guard division over the past three years. In 2014, MTI entered Airbus Corporate Innovation s Start-Up 2 Partner program which aims at building mutually beneficial partnerships with disruptive innovators and start-up companies. While setting the ground for future business arrangements, with the support of the Airbus Aircraft Security team, the program also evaluated, tested and tailored metaAIR for potential application on to its aircraft. Earlier this year, a new agreement for the validation, certification and commercialization of the product was announced.

Satair Group is now moving this relationship to commercialization and will deploy its global presence and extended distribution and parts support services to all commercial aviation market segments with a full metaAIR service offering package.

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Bart Reijnen, CEO of Satair Group added: We are delighted to pick up the baton for this exciting technology from our colleagues at Airbus Corporate Innovation and Airbus Aircraft Security who have steered it through the verification and testing stage. With our first mover advantage and through our global reach and excellent relationships with operators we will ensure metaAIR gets exposure to all aircraft categories and to airlines, MROs [maintenance, repair and overhauls] and corporate operators worldwide. Satair Group will choose an experienced partner for supplemental type certificate (STC) development to ensure metaAIR meets airworthiness and certification requirements for different aircraft types. Certification approval initially from the FAA, European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) is expected to be granted in early 2018 with other relevant jurisdictions following later. The metaAIR product will be developed initially for the Airbus A320 family, followed shortly afterwards by all other Airbus and also Boeing types, as well as for other commercial airliners. Satair Group also sees demand for this product coming from business and general aviation and rotary-wing customers.

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