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Telair International has delivered the first production units of the Telair Hardened Unit Load Device (HULD) wide body aircraft baggage container.
The U.S. Department of Transportation, Transportation Security Agency (TSA) purchased these FAA certified containers to gather additional in-service data as part of its ongoing aviation security development program for airline passenger safety. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), now part of the TSA, will oversee the in-service assessment program for the Telair containers to collect field performance data and assess additional postal package and general cargo-carrying applications. This will be a continuing effort in what has been a lengthy research and development process conducted by the FAA and TSA towards developing another layer of passenger aircraft safety and anti-terrorist defense.
“”Telair and Teleflex have committed considerable man hours and funding in the effort to design and manufacture a blast-resistant baggage container capable of meeting the FAA test protocol and worthy of consideration by the world’s air carriers. Today, Telair is the only company to have successfully passed the FAA blast test and to be issued full airworthiness certification for a hardened wide-body aircraft baggage container that is practical for real world cargo use by cost-conscious airlines,”” said Telair President, Axel Hauner. The Telair HULD successfully passed the FAA blast-resistance test August 14, 2001, and was fully approved as airworthy on December 12, 2001. Limited HULD production began earlier this year, and Telair is now prepared for full-scale manufacturing of its first fifty production units.
“”We view the HULD not as a typical cargo or baggage container, but as a sophisticated aircraft security device, designed to bridge the ‘gap’ between the capability of existing detection technology and the types of blasts that aircraft can survive. Consequently, our development and manufacturing costs and procedures are far different from a typical container,”” Hauner added.
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