TOULOUSE --- ATR participate to the improvement of the safety of air transport by presenting today reinforced cockpit doors and associated systems for ATR aircraft.
As a response to the terrorist attacks of September 2001 and the new FAA regulation requirements for security on commercial aircraft, ATR is putting in place a retrofit campaign of cabin doors dedicated to all series of ATR 42 and ATR 72 aircraft.
The reinforced cabin door is designed to be able to withstand heavy gun bullets and is framed and locked to prevent cockpit intrusion from any undesired person. This new system developed by ATR engineers also comply with regulatory requirements on cabin smoke, fire detection and aircraft de-pressurization. The operating system allows opening of the cabin door by the pilots from their seats, without need to leave the cockpit or to stand up.
With the aim to make this system even safer, ATR offers to couple the reinforced door with a video camera system allowing at any time pilots to see the person requesting cockpit entrance.
ATR is planning to start the retrofit for aircraft registered in the USA or flying over the USA territory. The first modification kits are planned to be delivered by September 2002.
Trans States Airlines, based in Saint Louis, Missouri, has just placed an order to ATR for their fleet of ATR 42 and ATR 72 aircraft. "We have selected this solution mainly because of the quality of design offered by ATR and for the improvement in terms of safety this system will bring" said AL BLOSSE, VP Maintenance of Trans States Airlines.
ATR, headquarterd in Toulouse, France, is a European joint venture between Alenia Aeronautica and EADS, designing and producing the ATR 42 and ATR 72 regional aircraft.