Sat, Jul 22, 2006
No More Hiding With 'Plane Sight'
Here's one of those
"why didn't I think of that?" ideas that recently crossed the ANN
news desk (much like the idea of strapping a rocket motor to a
Velocity... but that's another story). Toronto-based Redfab, Inc.
will be at Oshkosh to publicly unveil its line of highly-visible,
light-reflective markers that can be fitted to the areas on your
aircraft that are most vulnerable to ramp or hangar damage.
"Line technicians are subject to human error brought on by
distraction and fatigue," says Redfab’s president, Michael
Moore. "Aircraft wings, elevators, rudders and props can be
virtually invisible to drivers at night or in foggy, rainy
Called "Plane Sights," the florescent orange markers can be
installed and removed in about a minute. Redfab says the kit weighs
about eight pounds, and includes a carrying case about the size of
an ordinary briefcase. Individual components start at $79, and
complete kits start at $489(US).
Moore cites a survey of 271 aircraft owners conducted by the
company, that found over eight percent suffered ground damage
within a two-year period. Aircraft based in community hangers were
even more vulnerable, with over 18 percent suffering damage during
the same period.
IATA estimates that the annual bill for ground damage to
aircraft ranges between four and seven billion -- with a "b" --
dollars a year.
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