New Security Device Prevents Aircraft Theft and Tampering

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Raytheon Aircraft Services (RAS) announced last week introduction of its Secure Start 1000 product, an anti-terrorist security device presently certified on most King Air, Diamond, Beechjet and Cessna Caravan models. The system consists of installing a double-access code keyboard to be used before starting an aircraft. According to Raytheon, the patent-pending design does not compromise flight safety and remains unlocked during flight. The keyboard also indicates prior tampering by unauthorized users, and will inform to the authorized flight crew that there has been a security breach. Raytheon says that the Secure Start system was developed to provide a proven theft deterrent system that disables the engine start circuits to unauthorized users. The Secure Start system can be installed during routine maintenance or an inspection.