Mexican market for cockpit door surveillance estimated at $6.4 million

Published 12 December 2005

There are nearly 300 commercial aviation planes in Mexico, and the Mexican government requires that they install cockpit door monitoring systems, which is good business for eGlobal

The United States is not the only country to mandate impregnable cockpit doors as part of a comprehensive aircraft safety policy. Mexico, too, has issued a decree — Direccion General De Aeronautica Civil (DGAC) — stipulating mandatory aircraft safety measures. According to the DGAC’s Finalizar El Cumplimiento Norma 13.2, all passenger aircraft with more than thirty seats must have Cockpit Door Surveillance Systems (CDSS) installed within a ninety day period beginning 1 February 2006. The mandate also estimates that the total installed cost for each CDSS system is $22,000. City of Industry, California-based Global ePoint is a maker of CDSS (through its subsidiary, AirWorks Division). The company said that “Based on world aircraft statistics and the list of affected Mexican airlines, we estimate that there are 291 aircraft registered in Mexico that are subject to the mandate. This produces a market size of $6.4 million,” said Ricky Frick, president of Global ePoint’s AirWorks aviation division.

We note that AirWorks is the only CDSS vendor to have been validated by the DGAC.

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