The FlightVu Witness system consists of a
number of CCTV cameras, connected to live LCD screens and a state
of the art digital video recorder/server. Recordings can be used
as evidence to prosecute violent or disruptive passengers, or to
prevent litigation when passengers are ejected after violent
The use of overt cameras, itself acts as a deterrent to terrorists
or potential troublemakers.
The FlightVu Witness camera systems can be easily promoted to your
passengers by placing emphasis on your concerns for their Safety
The wide angle, covert and/or overt solid state video cameras are
fitted such that they cover the whole interior of your aircraft.
This not only allows monitoring of the passenger cabin but
provides secured access to the cockpit door enabling the
identification of anyone requesting entry to the flight deck and
the detection of suspicious behavior or potential danger.
The recorder either operates during the whole of the flight, or on
command from a "Panic Button" available to the Flight Attendants.
The digital recording of any incidents can be removed from the
recorder and examined at a later date, or reviewed on board the
The recordings are robust and do not degrade with viewing, copying
or re-recording, as they are digitally recorded.
The recordings are courtroom proven.
There is no tape to change, minimizing maintenance.
The Cabin Security System
The security of the flight deck and the cabin has moved to the
top of airline's agendas since the tragedy of 11 September 2001.
This demonstrated that aircraft are no longer merely a target for
terrorist but have become their weapon of choice potentially
causing thousands of innocent deaths.
Beyond these concerns over terrorist activity, incidents of air
rage are increasing year on year. The UK Department of transport
report "Disruptive Behaviour on Board UK Aircraft", cites 1250
incidents in the year to 31 March 2001, a 4% increase over the
previous year. There were 13 diversions and 5 aborted take offs
caused by disruptive passengers, at massive cost to the airlines.
The much publicized story of the 12 passengers, who were deplaned
at Norfolk, VA, following rowdy and threatening behavior, is one
of the most well known incidents that FlightVu Witness could have
prevented. The recordings could also have served to prevent any
legal action by the passengers claiming wrongful identification,
and would have established the exact chain of events that
The FlightVu Witness system can assist Aircrew and Attendants by
providing them with a low-cost, on-board CCTV security system.
Serving four basic functions:
It would act as a deterrent.
The crew will be able to monitor the passengers behavior,
and thus will be warned of potentially dangerous situations.
The video information could be used to bring legal
proceedings against an offender or in defense if a case is
bought against an airline.
The videos can be used to help train cabin crew to deal with
Alarmed video signals are fed to the onboard recorder where they are
digitized, compressed and stored on a removable hard drive. Local review
of the stored video can be achieved via a standard laptop PC connected to
the Ethernet output on the aircraft recorder unit.
The system is easily configured using a local PC, or via the RF
transmission system from a remote station, while the security codes
maintain the integrity of the system.
Removable hard drive, with the capacity to store more than 10 hours of
data, with an update rate of up to 12 pictures a second.
Video images are transmitted at a target rate of 4 pictures per second.
The transmission uses low power frequency hopping spread spectrum
technology in the frequency range 2.4G Hz 2.4835 G Hz. No licensing is
required, as the transmission is in the internationally recognized
Industrial, Scientific, Medical (ISM) band.
Retrieval of Recorded Data
Following the removal of electrical power the storage medium is capable of
retaining the information recorded during the preceding operating time for
a minimum of two years.
Remote replay, controlled through the spread spectrum link.
Normal replay, carried out by removal of the hard drive, and
placement of the hard drive in a Replay Unit.
Local replay, using a PC that connects via an Ethernet connection on
the front panel of the unit.
AD Aerospace And Lufthansa Technik Work Together To Improve
AD Aerospace Ltd of Manchester, UK, in
co-operation with Lufthansa Technik of Hamburg, have developed the
FlightVu Defender system, the first video security system for
Corporate and VIP aircraft.
The FlightVu Defender is ready for market and the initial trials
will be carried out by Lufthansa Technik, who have placed orders on
behalf of their customers for two complete systems. These systems
will be fitted to Boeing Business Jets in the coming months in the
Aircraft security is as important on the ground as in the air. Using
up to eight cameras, the FlightVu Defender system provides
comprehensive peripheral coverage whilst the aircraft is parked.
FlightVu Defender constantly monitors programmable zones around the
aircraft. In the event of any activity the system detects the
intrusion using revolutionary Video Motion Detection (VMD)
technology. On-board digital recording is then triggered, and the
images are transmitted to a local ground station using low power
microwave spread spectrum. This system provides every opportunity to
alert and mobilize ground security staff the moment security is
Once received, images can be transmitted in seconds via conventional
telephone links, land-based or mobile, to anywhere in the world.
This innovative new technology will also allow those responsible for
security to call up the live camera images from around and inside
the aircraft. All entrances, exits, baggage loading areas and
passenger cabins can be monitored.
AD Aerospace are pleased to be co-operating with Lufthansa Technik
on such a major improvement in VIP safety, and have designated
Lufthansa Technik, Hamburg as their preferred VIP installation
company. The two companies are now working closely together on a
number of projects.
Disclaimer: The position of the
International Aviation Safety Association (IASA) is that
CCTV Video represents an invaluable resource in aviation
safety both from an operational and investigative
perspective. In order to demonstrate the availability and
feasibility of such technology, we have provided examples
of currently available technology. This information is
provided for information purposes only. IASA does not
endorse the manufacturer-specific products that we have
highlighted. They serve solely as examples of our support
for generic technology that provides for CCTV Video
capability in airline aircraft.
Aircraft security is as important on the ground as it is in the
air. Using up to eight cameras, the FlightVu Defender system
provides comprehensive peripheral coverage whilst the aircraft
is parked. FlightVu Defender constantly monitors programmable
zones around the aircraft, in the event of any activity the
system detects the intrusion using revolutionary Video Motion
Detection (VMD) technology. On-board digital recording is then
triggered, and the images are transmitted to a local ground
station using low power microwave spread spectrum, providing
every opportunity to alert and mobilize ground security staff
the moment security is threatened.
Once received, images can be transmitted in seconds via
conventional telephone links, land-based or mobile, to anywhere
in the world. This innovative new technology will also allow
those responsible for security to call up live camera images
from around and inside the aircraft.
In addition to the VIP security function, the system can be used
to monitor the behavior and activities of handling and
engineering personnel during routine maintenance activities on
the ground. All entrances, exits, baggage loading areas and
passenger cabins can be monitored.
FlightVu Defender is more cost effective, easier to install and
easier to operate than conventional aircraft security systems,
while offering comprehensive anti-sabotage, anti-theft and