A big thank you to our customers around the Globe!
Between September 4th and September 6th 2023 the 19th AeroFIS® User Conference took place. More than 35 flight inspection customers from 15 countries around the world joined the meeting in Braunschweig.
Excellent presentations from our customers, Rohde & Schwarz and Aerodata’s experts were the most important requirement for the success of this event. Experiences with the Video Camera System, MLAT, Risk of Bird Strike as well as Procedure Validation, Unmanned Aircraft Systems, and experiences about new AeroFIS® features were part of the agenda.
Many thanks to all for excellent preparation, valuable presentations, positive atmosphere and professional attitude.
The 111th AeroFIS® was handed over as part of the official Roll-Out of the second new King Air 360 Pro Line Fusion for the Airports Authority of India (AAI).
After participating in an international tender, Aerodata AG was announced as a winner for the delivery of two new flight inspection aircraft with state of the art AeroFIS® to AAI. The delivery includes the installation into factory new Beechcraft King Air 360 with the new Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionic suite.
Within this project, Aerodata took the responsibility for the purchase of the two basic aircraft, the design and production of the Flight Inspection Systems as well as for the integration into the aircraft and all related services as ferry and training for both, pilots and operator.
With the Roll-Out of the second flight inspection aircraft, the next big milestone has been reached. Next month the aircraft will be ferried to New Delhi.
This delivery marks the continuation of the successful cooperation between AAI and Aerodata for the next decades.
Germany based Aerodata AG as well as South Africa based Milkor (Pty) Ltd and its Polish group company Milkor Polska Sp. z o.o. are pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the field of unmanned airborne maritime surveillance.
The partnership between the German provider of special mission solutions and the South African / European provider of defense solutions for air, land, and sea was formalized during this year's prestigious Paris Air Show and marks a significant milestone in the advancement of airborne surveillance technologies.
Under this strategic alliance, Aerodata, known for its cutting-edge mission system and airborne sensor technology, will complement Milkor‘s brand new unmanned airborne system Milkor 380.
This collaborative effort aims to migrate general maritime surveillance operations from the manned to the unmanned domain.
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Within the contract framework between Aerodata and Airports Authority of India (AAI) for the delivery of two flight inspection aircraft, on 2nd of June 2023 the first factory new aircraft King Air 360 equipped with the latest generation of Flight Inspection System AeroFIS®, was handed over to our customer.
Within this project, Aerodata took the responsibility for the purchase of two basic aircraft, the design and production of the Flight Inspection Systems as well as for the integration into the aircraft and all related services such as EASA certification, ferry flights, training for pilots, maintenance technicians and flight inspectors.
By the handover of this aircraft AAI’s flight inspection fleet, based on two Dornier 228 and one King Air 350 (all AeroFIS® equipped) is further enlarged to comply with AAI’s demands for flight inspection and flight validation.
The position reference of the flight inspection system is a hybrid multi-constellation phase tracking GNSS solution, that includes AHRS, Barometric Altitude, GPS, GLONASS and GALILEO as well as SBAS (GAGAN) and combinations hereof.
This delivery marks the continuation of the successful cooperation between AAI and Aerodata for the next decades.
Aerodata and its subsidiary Optimare extend heartfelt gratitude to all participants of the Operators Conference 2023. The active participation and valuable presentations on airborne surveillance solutions of all attendees made this event a great success.
During the conference, all participants had the opportunity to discuss a variety of different missions, ranging from conventional maritime surveillance / patrol via Pollution Control to Search & Rescue. The level of expertise and innovation shared by all was truly impressive and inspiring. It is through events like these that the community can continue to push the boundaries of what is possible in the field of airborne surveillance.
Aerodata and Optimare are looking forward to the continued collaboration and knowledge-sharing with their valued operators in the future.
On April 19, Aerodata AG was pleased to welcome the Ukrainian Ambassador, H.E. Oleksii Makeiev, and the Consul General of Ukraine in Hamburg, Dr. Iryna Tybinka, at the Research Airport Braunschweig. The meeting took place within the framework of an exchange between the embassy, consulate and regional companies organized by the IHK Braunschweig (Chamber of Commerce and Industry), in which Aerodata AG participated and also acted as host.
Dr. Florian Löbermann, Managing Director of IHK Braunschweig, was pleased about this special exchange appointment: "Especially in view of the difficult situation in Ukraine, it is important that existing economic relations are maintained and new ones are established."
Ambassador Makeiev emphasized that after the valuable donations of the last months, it is now time to create jobs in Ukraine. He said he would like to see German companies take advantage of opportunities to actively participate in the reconstruction that has already begun. This extends from the purchase of Ukrainian products to the reconstruction of Ukrainian cities, including intact transport routes by land, air and sea.
After a guided tour of Aerodata's aircraft hangars, including a visit to various special aircraft for flight inspection and surveillance, the meeting moved on to an exchange with the other participating companies Strube D&S GmbH, CES Consulting Engineers Salzgitter GmbH and SBS Sondermaschinen GmbH. The topics in the approximately two-hour meeting were diverse: In addition to support possibilities in air traffic control as well as airborne surveillance, classical infrastructure construction with a focus on hydraulic engineering were also on the agenda. Also discussed were challenges such as the supply of seeds against the backdrop of a lack of payment guarantees, as well as concrete development opportunities in agriculture, for example to protect against explosions.
"It is high time for concrete measures for the reconstruction of the Ukrainian infrastructure," said Neset Tükenmez, CEO of Aerodata AG. By the end of the meeting, it was clear that there are many opportunities for the companies to work together, as numerous reconstruction and investment opportunities exist.
Aerodata has maintained economic relations with Ukraine for a long time. In the past, several aircraft of the Ukrainian State Air Traffic Services Enterprise (UkSATSE) were equipped with Aerodata's flight inspection system AeroFIS®. One of these flight inspection aircraft of type Beechcraft King Air 350 was viewed by the visitors on site.
After completion of the Midlife Mission System Upgrade for two King Air B200 maritime surveillance aircraft, The Armed Forces of Malta have contracted an extension with additional optional upgrades of the mission system sensor suite.
In order to ensure reliable operation over the next decade the new contract contains optional items for the mission systems as well.
The project is co-financed by EU funds and the Maltese Government.
Aerodata has completed the Midlife Mission System Upgrade for two King Air B200 maritime surveillance aircraft for The Armed Forces of Malta.
Aerodata delivered the surveillance aircraft in 2011 and 2012, respectively. The upgrade has replaced obsolete components in the mission systems and also provided enhanced sensor capabilities.
The upgraded second aircraft was delivered in October 2022 to the Armed Forces of Malta.
The project is primarily financed through the Internal Security Fund (Specific Actions) 2014 – 2020 Sustainable Management of Internal Security by the European Union and it is co-financed with 80% from EU funds and 20% from the Maltese Government.
Hans J. Stahl will retire on December 31, 2022, after 18 years on the executive board of Aerodata AG. He will be succeeded by Neset Tükenmez, the current COO of Aerodata.
In his role, Hans Stahl has had a lasting impact on the positive development of the company. Today, Aerodata is the world leader in flight inspection systems and airborne oil monitoring systems, as well as a leading provider of special mission airborne solutions. With foresight, Hans Stahl positioned the company successfully for the future.
“On behalf of the supervisory board, I would like to thank Mr. Stahl for his trustful cooperation and passionate commitment over the past 18 years. We wish him all the best for his future”, said Prof. Dr. Peter Vörsmann, chairman of the supervisory board and founding member of the company.
Hans J. Stahl looks back on a successful career in the aviation business. After graduating with a MSc in Aeronautics and Astronautics at the University of the Armed Forces in Munich/Germany, he first served as an officer in the military for twelve years. He then moved to Airbus in 1992 where he took on various management roles in engineering and program management. Among others, he was Chief Engineer in charge of an aircraft program and was involved in the development of the A380.
In 2001, Mr. Stahl took over the management of KID Systeme GmbH, a manufacturer of cabin management systems for commercial aircraft. Finally, at the end of 2004, he was appointed CEO of Aerodata AG and has led the company successfully ever since. He will continue to work as a consultant for the company.
“Over the past decade, we have succeeded in acquiring and completing numerous projects as prime contractor in international competitions. The key to this achievement was certainly our ability to master the entire process chain from development to aircraft conversion and final certification.
I wish my successor all the best in managing the Aerodata Group and continuing its sustainable growth path“, Hans Stahl summed up.
Neset Tükenmez will assume overall responsibility as CEO of Aerodata AG as of January 1, 2023. Mr. Tükenmez joined Aerodata’s executive board in February 2022 as COO, bringing with him extensive experience of over 34 years in the aerospace industry. He worked for aircraft operators, aircraft manufacturers and for sensor and system suppliers. In his prior career, Neset Tükenmez has held various leadership roles, including at Northrop Grumman, Fairchild-Dornier and LTU.
“I am very much looking forward to many exciting projects that lie ahead of us and I thank the supervisory board for the trust they have placed in me. Furthermore I thank Hans Stahl for his long-term commitment to the Aerodata Group and wish him all the best as well as good health for the new phase of his life“, said Mr. Tükenmez.
Through an international tender, Hellenic Air Force (HAF) has announced Aerodata AG as turnkey supplier for one new flight inspection aircraft Beechcraft KingAir 360. The aircraft will be equipped with a state of the art fully automatic AeroFIS® flight inspection system.
The Automatic Flight Inspection System (AFIS) will be individually customized to the highest extent, in order to comply with the demanding requirements of HAF.
With the new aircraft HAF will not only be capable of inspection of all conventional navigation aids like ILS (incl. CAT III), VOR, DME, TACAN, and NDB but also for SBAS, GBAS and all RNAV procedures with the latest computer and software technology.
The AFIS will integrate the newly developed TSO based receiver for flight inspection of GBAS GAST-C and GAST-D.
The position reference is a hybrid multi-constellation phase tracking GNSS solution, that includes IRS, Barometric Altitude, GPS, SBAS as well as GAGAN, GLONASS and GALILEO and combinations hereof.
The award of this contract forms the beginning of a long term relation for provision of service and support for the future.
The twin-engine aircraft with STOL capabilites of type L410 has been familiar at Braunschweig-Wolfsburg Airport at least since the last major rescue exercise on 18 March 2022. However, the aircraft L410 UVP-T has gone through important stages in its history.
Its career began in the German Democratic Republic’s (GDR) Transport Pilot Training Squadron at the Air Force Officers' School of the National People's Army in Kamenz. After Germanys reunification, the aircraft was used first by the Air Transport Squadron 65 and then by the VIP Squadron of the Federal Ministry of Defence. In 1993, the Estonian government took over the L410 and it was subsequently used by the Estonian Police and Border Guard Air Service.
In 2007, LET Aircraft Industries based in Kunovice/Czech Republic, converted the L410 into a maritime surveillance aircraft and equipped it with various sensors. Thereafter, the aircraft was redelivered to the Estonian Police and Border Guard Service and was used for maritime and land border surveillance as well as oil spill detection on the Baltic Sea until early 2018. As part of a fleet renewal, the aircraft was decommissioned in 2018 and offered for sale.
In August 2018, Aerodata AG purchased the aircraft from the Estonian Police and Border Guard Service for the purpose of further use of the integrated sensors. After removing the mission equipment and sensors from the aircraft, Aerodata finally handed over the L410 to the airport fire brigade at Braunschweig-Wolfsburg Airport for training purposes.
The CEO of Aerodata AG, Hans Stahl, is happy about the further use of the Let 410: "After the aircraft can no longer be used economically for reasons of age, we have found a really sensible future user with our local airport fire brigade."
Airport Managing Director Michael Schwarz is delighted with the aircraft: "I would like to thank Aerodata AG very much. The aircraft will significantly improve the quality of our in-house training sessions." The L410 has already completed its first exercise at Braunschweig-Wolfsburg Airport, in which the rescue of people, infected by COVID-19, from the crashed aircraft was trained.
The exercise was a complete success, especially due to the involvement of the aircraft.
Aerodata AG has strengthened its management and is richer by a member of the managing board. Effective February 1, 2022, Neset Tükenmez was appointed to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer (COO) and has since led the company together with Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Hans J. Stahl. In this way, Aerodata AG is further expanding its competencies and creating optimal structures for the continued strong growth.
Neset Tükenmez enriches the company with valuable professional know-how. He has over 30 years of professional experience in the aerospace industry, where he held various management positions with aircraft operators, aircraft manufacturers, systems suppliers and most recently with the Northrop Grumman Group.
Aerodata has been awarded by TURKISH AEROSPACE with a contract for the delivery of three Automatic Flight Inspection Systems (AFIS) together with the integration into two Cessna Citation Latitude and one Longitude, ground support equipment, training and a spare part package.
Aerodata has been selected as supplier, since the proposed package reflected the best technical solution and the most economical offer.
The customized flight inspection systems will include various enhancements, e.g. equipment for RF interference detection and localization, a camera positioning system, observer display and flight inspection functions for ADS-B In- and Out.
The aircraft modification and system installation will by certified by an EASA STC.
The three flight inspection aircraft will be operated by GENERAL DIRECTORATE OF STATE AIRPORTS AUTHORITY (DHMI).
The award of this contract forms the beginning of a long term relation for provision of maintenance service and support for the future.
The German Armed Forces receive the first retrofitted Do 228 aircraft.
Aerodata AG and its subsidiary OPTIMARE Systems GmbH are pleased to announce the delivery of the retrofitted maritime surveillance aircraft Do 228 id. 57+04. The aircraft was transferred from Aerodata AG in Braunschweig to the Naval Air Wing 3 in Nordholz on January 17, 2022, from where it began flight operations after completion of site acceptance. The aircraft Do 228 id. 57+04 is the first of two aircraft being modernized at Aerodata.
Aerodata AG and through subcontracting its subsidiary OPTIMARE Systems GmbH are contracted by the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) for the modernisation of the mission equipment of the two German Dornier 228 maritime surveillance aircraft.
The project target is to increase the sustainability of the existing OPTIMARE MEDUSA® mission systems, the sensor suites, the communication systems, the spares package and the ground segment.
The German Navy operates the two aircraft on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport to monitor the North and Baltic Sea with regard to marine pollution. Both special mission aircraft are based at the German Naval Air Wing 3, Nordholz, Germany. The comprehensive retrofit project is conducted from 2020 to 2023 at the premises of Aerodata AG at the Airport Braunschweig-Wolfsburg.
Aerodata receives multi-million order from Airports Authority of India (AAI).
Through an international tender, AAI has announced Aerodata AG as turnkey supplier for two new flight inspection aircraft of type Beechcraft King Air 360. Both aircraft will be equipped with a state of the art fully automatic flight inspection system of the AeroFIS® series.
The Automatic Flight Inspection System (AFIS) will be individually customized to the highest extent, in order to comply with the demanding requirements of AAI.
With the new aircraft AAI will not only be capable of inspection of all conventional navigation aids like ILS (incl. CAT III), VOR, DME, TACAN, and NDB but also of SBAS, GBAS and all RNAV procedures with the latest computer and software technology.
The AFIS will integrate the newly developed TSO based receiver for flight inspection of GBAS GAST-C and GAST-D.
The position reference is a hybrid multi-constellation phase tracking GNSS solution that includes IRS, Barometric Altitude, GPS, SBAS as well as GAGAN, GLONASS and GALILEO and combinations hereof.
Development, production and integration of the AFIS takes place at the Aerodata facility in Braunschweig / Germany. Aircraft deliveries to AAI are planned for 2023.
The award of this contract marks the continuation of the successful and long lasting cooperation between Airports Authority of India and Aerodata for the next decades.
At the beginning of the new year, Aerodata received an order from AeroPearl Pty Ltd, Brisbane, Australia, to modernize the AD-AFIS-270 automatic flight inspection system. Two AD-AFIS-270 have been in service installed in two Beechcraft KingAir 350i aircraft since 2012 and have accumulated approximately 10,000 flight hours during this period. The goal of this modernization is to upgrade these AFIS to the latest generation computer technology. In addition, both AFIS will receive a new multi-constellation GNSS receiver. The customized AeroFIS software will be upgraded with all new features for data processing, visualization of measurement results and control of the AFIS components.
AeroPearl will be ready for many more years of operations in Australia and neighboring areas with the upgraded AD-AFIS-270.
At the end of the year Aerodata has been contracted by Flight Calibration Services GmbH (FCS) for the modernization of the Automatic Flight Inspection System AD-AFIS-220 installed in a King Air 350.
The AD-AFIS-220 has been in operation since 2009 and has gathered about 10.000 flight hours within this period. The aim of this modernization is the harmonization of this AFIS with the new AD-AFIS-220NG of the next generation as installed in the newer FCS aircraft delivered in the year 2019.
The AFIS will be upgraded with a new set of flight inspection receivers, a new Multi-Constellation GNSS receiver, new computers and new software. The aircraft avionics will be enhanced with the traffic detection and collision avoidance system FLARM. FLARM operates in addition to TCAS and provides traffic information about other FLARM equipped aircraft which typically do not have transponders, such as gliders, microlight aircraft but also obstacles.
Our team would like to thank all 34 participants for their active participation in our Operators Conference 2021 held from 21-22 September in Braunschweig, Germany. The two-days hybrid conference was a great success in terms of promoting the exchange between all twelve participating organisations.
We are looking forward to the next event in 2023.
More than 60 Flight Inspection customers from 18 countries all over the globe made the 18th AeroFIS® User Meeting a great success.
Excellent presentations from our customers, Eurocontrol, Rohde & Schwarz and Aerodata’s experts were the most important requirement for the success of this event. Experiences with the Video Camera System, TCAS and FLARM, Transponder Pulse Decoder Box as well as Navigation Infrastructure Developments, Flight Inspection in Pandemic Conditions, Application of Unmanned Aircraft Systems, and experiences about new AeroFIS® features were part of the Agenda.
Thanks everybody for excellent preparation, various presentations, positive atmosphere and professional attitude.
Through an international tender, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, Seoul Regional Office of Aviation, Flight Inspection Center in South Korea has selected Aerodata as turnkey supplier for the delivery of the factory new flight inspection aircraft type Embraer Praetor 600. The aircraft will be equipped with a fully Automatic Flight Inspection System of the AeroFIS® series, customized to fully comply with the requirements of FIC. This will unite the most modern AeroFIS® with one of the most modern aircrafts of this time.
A new fully equipped flight inspection aircraft, type Cessna Citation Sovereign+ has been delivered to AGENCE POUR LA SECURITE DE LA NAVIGATION AERIENNE EN AFRIQUE ET A MADAGASCAR (ASECNA) as turnkey solution.
Within this remarkable project, Aerodata was responsible for the purchase of the aircraft, development and production of the flight inspection system, aircraft modification and certification as well as training for pilots, maintenance technicians and flight inspectors.
A new interface to the Garmin 5000 avionic for providing AeroFIS® flight guidance including autopilot coupling in the cockpit was successfully developed and certified by an EASA STC.
The customized flight inspection system for ASECNA includes various enhancements, e.g. equipment for RF interference detection and localization, and flight inspection functions for ADS-B In- and Out.
In the handover of the aircraft to our valued new customer ASECNA, forms the beginning of a long term relation for provision of maintenance service and support for the future.
Aerodata AG and through subcontracting its subsidiary OPTIMARE Systems GmbH are contracted by the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) for the modernisation of the mission equipment of the two German Dornier 228 maritime surveillance aircraft. The project target is to increase the sustainability of the existing OPTIMARE MEDUSA® mission systems, the sensor suites, the communication systems, the spares package and the ground segment.
The German Navy operates the two aircraft on behalf of the Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure to monitor the North and Baltic Sea with regard to marine pollution. Both special mission aircraft are based at the German Naval Air Wing 3, Nordholz, Germany. The comprehensive retrofit project is conducted from 2020 to 2023 at the premises of Aerodata AG at the Airport Braunschweig-Wolfsburg.
In December Aerodata has delivered another Super King Air 350 equipped with automatic flight inspection system AeroFIS® to Air Navigation Services (ANS) of the Czech Republic on time.
Within this project, Aerodata took the responsibility for the purchase of the two basic aircraft, the design and production of the Flight Inspection Systems as well as for the integration into the aircraft and all related services as ferry and training for both, pilots and operators.
With the start of the new year, the two new King Air’s have taken over the flight inspection duties for the navigation systems in Czech Republic.
The contract further includes 5 years aircraft maintenance of the both aircraft, CAMO as well as 20 years maintenance for both AeroFIS®.
In December the 6th flight inspection system AeroFIS® has been delivered to our customer FCS Flight Calibration Services GmbH. The delivery included the installation into one new Beech King Air 350 with Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionic suite.
The Automatic Flight Inspection System (AFIS) is individually customized to the highest extent, in order to comply with the demanding requirements of FCS.
The AFIS integrates the new developed TSO based receiver for flight inspection of GBAS GAST-C and GAST-D.
Besides a full set of dedicated civil and military flight inspection receivers, also the primary aircraft navigation receivers are interfaced and serve as independent data source for comparison.
The position reference is a hybrid multi-constellation phase tracking GNSS solution that includes IRS, Barometric Altitude, GPS, SBAS as well as GLONASS and GALILEO and combinations hereof.
The flight validation features of the AFIS are enhanced by external video cameras for documentation of pilot view, approach and runway lighting systems and obstacles. Obstacles are highlighted online by symbol overlays to the video. The overlays are calculated based on aircraft position, attitude, camera optics and an obstacle database.
A cockpit camera documents the pilot workload as well as indications of the EFIS during the validation of instrument flight procedures.
The video data is recorded together with the flight inspection data for time synchronized replay.
This delivery marks the continuation of the successful cooperation between FCS Flight Calibration Services GmbH and Aerodata for the next decades.