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November 2006 edition

Contaminant monitors will help make cockpits safer

U.K.-based Owlstone Nanotechnology is developing technology that will check the air inside aircraft cockpits for contaminants. It is a member of a new U.K. government body called the Sensors KTN that focuses on air monitoring equipment for aircraft.

Billy Boyle, Owlstone chief operations officer says: “It will be easily programmable to detect a range of chemicals, and send an early warning before levels get dangerous. Based on current reports it could save lives.”

The threat of terrorist attacks has diverted attention from contaminated air in the cockpit which could be a greater threat to air safety, he says. “This month, at least five aircraft have been grounded due to smoke or haze in ....

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