In the second quarter 2018, the first ATR-72 Maritime Patrol Aircraft has been delivered to the Pakistan Navy - after completing intensive ground and flight tests. This delivery represents a major milestone for Rheinland Air Service as prime contractor and Aerodata as the key project partner.
Rheinland Air Service had signed the contract with the Pakistan Navy in 2015 to convert two ATR-72 aircraft already owned by the Pakistan Navy into Maritime Patrol Aircraft. Rheinland Air Service as the prime contractor performs the overall project management, acquisition of key components, all physical aircraft modification work and pilot training.
Aeordata's scope of work includes the delivery of its mission management system AeroMission®, all system integration activities, engineering tasks to convert the ATR-72 from the transport into a maritime patrol configuration, delivery of parts for the aircraft modification as well as customer training and support. Work on the project commenced in January 2016 after export approvals had been received from the Government authorities.
OPTIMARE Systems, a 100% subsidiary of Aerodata AG, has signed a contract with RUAG to provide two MEDUSA® mission management systems. These systems will be integrated into Dornier 228 aircraft to be delivered to the Bangladesh Navy.
Each of the mission management systems is equipped with two workstations and integrates various sensors for maritime surveillance, e.g. search radar, EO/IR sensor, AIS transponder as well as search and rescue direction finder.
Delivery of the two aircraft with installed mission systems is scheduled for the first half of 2019.
With the supervisory board meeting on May 3, 2018, Prof. Dr. Gunther Schänzer, co-founder of Aeordata AG, leaves the supervisory board at his own request and resigns as chairman. Since the foundation of the company in 1985 Prof. Dr. Schänzer was chairman of the supervisory board and controlled the fortunes of Aerodata for the past 33 years.
The successor in the position as chairman of the supervisory board will be Dr. Detlef Kayser, Deutsche Lufthansa AG. Further new members of the supervisory board are Mrs. Christine Schänzer and Mr. Ole Vörsmann.
While visiting our booth the Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Andreas Scheuer was instructed by our CEO Hans J. Stahl to use our Operator Console for airborne surveillance.
A big `Thank you` to all friends and business partners who celebrated with us!
Today the Aerodata has signed a contract with the Air Navigation Services (ANS) of the Czech Republic.
Through an international tender, Aerodata has been selected as turnkey supplier for two factory new flight inspection aircraft type Beechcraft King Air 350. Both aircraft will be equipped with Automatic Flight Inspection Systems of the AeroFIS® series, customized to comply with the requirements of ANS. The aircraft will be the first Aerodata equipped flight inspection aircraft that include the new Rockwell Collins ProLineFusion avionic suite. The contract further includes 5 years aircraft maintenance of the both aircraft, CAMO as well as 20 years maintenance for both AeroFIS®.
Our team would like to thank all operators for the active participation in the Aerodata/Optimare Operators Conference 2017. The 1.5 days event with operators from nine different countries and two aircraft on static display was a great success in terms of promoting the exchange between all involved organisations. We are looking forward to the next event in 2019.
In April the Armed Forces of Malta took delivery of their third fixed wing maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) during a ceremony held at Aerodata. The ceremony was attended by His Excellency the ambassador of the Republic of Malta Albert Friggeri and the Commander of the Armed Forces of Malta Brig Jeffrey Curmi and his team.
As for the first two aircraft Aerodata has provided a turnkey solution including procurement and modification for maritime patrol of a new King Air aircraft. The aircraft has been equipped with Aerodata’s mission management system AeroMission. AeroMission integrates sensor operation, mission guidance and tactical planning support for enhanced situational awareness. The comprehensive sensor suite comprises search radar, EO/IR system, direction finder and various communication equipment including satellite voice and data link.
The aircraft already started the operation in Malta in May.
The project was procured under the Internal Security Fund (specific Actions) Program 2014 – 2020 of the European Union.
The Helicopter Flight Inspection System series of Aerodata was expanded by a small portable system, which is completely independent of any primary interfaces.
The AD-HeliFIS-0300 can work autonomously on battery for 4 hours and receives its satellite data from a quick-release, window-mountable GNSS antenna. It is suited for any type of helicopter and can be installed within a few minutes.
It contains a multi-channel GNSS receiver and an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU).
The system is controlled by the approved Aerodata Flight Inspection Software, using the new Graphical User Interface layout on a ruggedized laptop computer. An additional Portable Cockpit Information Display (PCID) based on a tablet computer provides guidance information for procedure validation. Optionally, PAPI and Radar inspections can be performed as well.
The first portable HeliFIS-0300 was delivered to JCAB (Japan Civil Aviation Bureau) in February 2017.
In January Aerodata has been awarded by the Flight Inspection Unit of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) with a second contract for upgrading their flight inspection systems AD-AFIS-220 to a state-of-the-art AeroFIS®.
The systems installed in DO-228 and King Air 350 flight inspection aircraft, will be upgraded in India by Aerodata’s experienced engineers.
With the upgrade program of their fleet to the latest computer and software technology, AAI will not only be capable for inspection of all conventional navigation aids like ILS (incl. CAT III), VOR, DME, and NDB but also for SBAS, GBAS and all RNAV procedures.
Part of the upgrade process is furthermore the delivery of an advanced ground calibration equipment.