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  • Biometric passenger check-in on a tablet

    The Morpho tablet was awarded at Safran innovation awards on 13th., April. This tablet allows for biometric identity checks, in seconds, and could soon help passengers at airports.
     

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  • An additional beacon on black boxes ?

    More than a week after the Germanwings A320 crash the second black box has still not been recovered, how come ?
     

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  • "Rule of two" in cockpit, soon be the norm

    Following the crash of the Germanwings A320 a number of airlines have taken the decision to impose a "Rule of two" permanently in the cockpit.
     

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  • Access to commercial aircraft cockpits overly secure ?

    The co-pilot of the Germanwings A320 was alone in the cockpit during the last eight minutes of flight 4U 9525. The captain had been absent and could not regain access. Does access to commercial aircraft cockpits require a little deciphering ?
     

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  • IATA states 2014 : one of the safest years in air transport history

    According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which has just published its safety report, 2014 was one of the safest years in the history of aviation. Last year, out of 38 million flights, IATA’s figures indicate twelve fatal commercial aircraft accidents.
     

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  • "No-Fly list" - the people banned from flying

    Following the terrorist attacks in France last week, the United States have just strengthened their security and monitoring systems, including those at US airports. Therefore, the "No-Fly list" should logically become longer...
     

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  • What are the differences between the certification authorities ?

    A few days ago, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) certified the ARJ-21 Comac. But to fly abroad, the Chinese regional jet must now be certified by the American and European civil aviation authorities.
     

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  • Air travel : still by far safest means of transport

    We hear it, we repeat it, but sometimes have difficulty in believing it, and yet the numbers are there to prove it. Air travel is well and truly the safest means of transportation in the world. Between 1950 and today, the probability of a ‘plane crash is now 200 times less than what it was.
     

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  • Which means to locate missing aircraft ?

    On 7th October, one month after the meeting of experts held at the French national centre for space Studies (CNES), it was the turn of the American National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to organize a forum in Washington to improve the location of missing ‘planes. And not all the players in the sector are in unison on the issue.
     

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  • Distress beacons under review

    If flight MH-370 Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777’s beacon had been activated, it would have only taken about half hour to precisely locate the aircraft. At the French National Centre for Space Studies (CNES), around fifty of the sector’s world experts recently met to study various improvements to the activation of these beacons.
     

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  • Checkpoint of the future

    With the aim of simplifying and securitising even more, the control of passengers and their luggage at airports, Morpho, a Safran Group subsidiary, has developed many innovative concepts. Some have already been sold, others will be next year. To find out more we went on a brief tour of the Morpho Detection headquarters.
     

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  • Missing aircraft tracking improvement proposals

    Two months after the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH-370, the European Aviation Safety Agency (E.A.S.A. ) has just come up with three proposals to facilitate the location of missing aircraft and increase the effectiveness of the well known black box recorders.
     

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  • Morpho Trak and facial recognition

    Use of a simple CCTV camera in the identificaton of individuals passing through airports, and wanted by the police, was a challenge that Morpho Trak took up.
     

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  • FIFA World Cup stadia overfly ban

    Less than three months before the football World Cup in Brazil and the security officials have just decreed no-go airspace zones of up to a range of 13 kms. around certain relevant stadiums ( stadia for some purists ). In short, serious flight restrictions on match days...
     

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  • Planes, safer than ever !

    Aircraft are still, by far, the world's safest means of transport. After two record years, with 497 victims in 2011 and 475 in 2012, 2013 was the best ever ! According to statistics…
     

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  • When fingerprints facilitate Passport Control

    World leader in the field, Morpho (Safran Group) has developed a system for automated passport controls. Used by 23 airports in the world, this technology allows a fast and secure procedure ! Here’s how…
     

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  • United States : no controls for the "lucky" !

    To optimize security checks at its airports, the US Transportation Security Administration initially thought of allowing short bladed knives and baseball bats in the cabin but ultimately, will extend an existing system.
     

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  • Please turn off your cellphone !

    The pilots of a chinese company had to cancel a landing probably due to interference caused by an in-use mobile. So what are the risks? Is the 'airplane mode', although not allowed in flight, really problematic ? Here’s the latest...
     

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  • In-flight turbulence ahead !

    Each year, there are tens of thousands of incidents of in-flight turbulence. This figure, according to a british scientific study just published, is expected to double by 2050. How come ?
     

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