Apr 22, 2014 - Companies Seek to Improve Flight Tracking as MH370 Search Continues
[Avionics Today - April 22, 2014] The search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 Boeing 777 aircraft is nearing the 50th day, and while there have been hundreds of theories on what happened, the families of the missing victims and the search crew looking for the aircraft will not know what happened until the flight data and cockpit voice recorders are recovered.
Since the aircraft originally went missing, aviation leaders such as the International Air Transportation Association (IATA) have called for better solutions for flight tracking. But, according to Star Navigation Systems Chairman and CEO Viraf Kapadia the technology to improve aircraft tracking exists today.
Apr 17, 2014 - As search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 continues, companies pitch a black box alternative
[Toronto Star - April 17, 2014] For more than month, crews have desperately looked for the missing Boeing 777 jetliner, which disappeared off radar in the early morning hours of March 8, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board.
The U.S. Navy’s Bluefin-21 robotic submarine has done runs this week, but so far has produced no signs of the aircraft.
Star Navigation Systems Group, based in Etobicoke, also offers real-time aircraft monitoring, which can notify officials on the ground of any sudden changes, from altitude shifts to flight plan alterations.
Viraf Kapadia, Star Navigation Systems chairman and CEO, says that the device pays for itself in six to nine months, by identifying savings such as fuel efficiencies and better maintenance schedules.
It cannot be disabled; the transponder in the Malaysian jet was turned off in flight.
“You can find a missing iPhone,” Kapadia said. “In the 21st century, the only thing we can tell people is we have lost the airplane.”
Apr 9, 2014 - Real Time Monitoring of Airlines in Flight Is So Important for Safety!
Jean Louis Larmor, Vice President of Corporate development of Star Navigation Systems Group was interviewed on Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet about the importance of Real Time Monitoring of Airplanes In Flight.
Apr 1, 2014 - How Star Navigation could have helped Flight MH 370 !
Viraf Kapadia, CEO of Star Navigation Systems Group and Amir Bhatti, Chief Technology Officer of the company were interviewed on CBC TV TORONTO about the importance of Air Safety and how the In Flight Safety Monitoring System (ISMS) might have helped missing Flight # MH 370:
Mar 28, 2014 - Flight MH370, the ultimate ‘one-off,’ spurs calls to modernize tracking technology
Viraf kapadia, CEO of Star Navigation Systems Group Ltd was interviewed for a story in THE WASHINGTON POST about the missing flight MH 370 airlplane.
Star Navigation Systems Group, a Toronto company, has designed black-box technology that streams data in real time. It costs about $50,000 per plane, plus $10 more to transmit the data for each flying hour, chief executive Viraf S. Kapadia said. Only one customer has bought the system, he lamented.
“It’s all about the money for the airlines, even though it’s not a lot of money,” he said.