to Participate in
Naval Air Systems Command
PMA 209 Conference
(Jan. 28, 2003) – An Albuquerque business will be among those
presenting product innovation and research at the Naval Air Systems
Command Air Combat Electronics PMA209 conference beginning Feb. 4 in
San Diego, CA.
Kenneth Blemel, vice president at Management Sciences, Inc, said
the company was awarded a $1.5M Small Business Innovation Research
contract to upgrade the traditional flight data recorder suite for the
Navy's aircraft starting with the F-18 A/E strike fighter. The new
product enables Military Flight Operations Quality Assurance with a
data centric approach that has the potential to combine the
capabilities of five separate products currently on the aircraft into
a single box. In addition, it adds the ability to collect and process
data during a mission, download it to a ground/aircraft carrier
station, and upload real-time mission information queries. The new
capabilities reduce the space required on the aircraft for information
technology and recording, while providing revolutionary new features
that monitor, diagnose and report in flight. Another key benefit is
that the new product is based on a commercial off the shelf solution,
designed to save the Naval Air Systems Command dollars, time, take-off
weight, plus opening slots for other advanced systems.
Blemel says the new technology will undergo flight-testing this
year and is expected to move into production 2004. "The D3 is a
critical part of the military's data centric system model," he
explained. "It provides the air traffic controller, maintainers, and
operations with information never before available in real time. The
D3 sends reports on aircraft status, which helps in positioning the
aircraft for maintenance and in reducing the time needed to put the
aircraft back in the air. The PMA209 conference gives us an
opportunity to demonstrate the capabilities of the new technology
before the Navy's key decision makers."
Currently Management Sciences Inc. has five people assigned to the
D3 FIR product. The company, which was founded in Albuquerque in 1976,
provides programs for reliability, safety, maintainability and
life-cycle cost analysis. At full production, the D3 FIR will require
several hundred units for delivery for the F-18 A/E upgrade program.
Management Sciences Inc. has teamed with Honeywell to manufacture the
D3 FIR. Meeting the size and weight constraints of the F-18 allows
the D3 FIR to fit most other aircraft that have a need for common data
centric systems that enable network centric warfare.
MSI also operates
a separate business entity,
for contracts and revenue from ongoing hardware contracts with BAA,
STTR and SBIR.
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.