UK-based FliteTrak is launching its SpriteAero intelligent remote monitoring technology - smart air quality systems with a sense of smell - at the Hamburg Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX), on 10 to 12 April.

Its cutting-edge system – the first working technology of its kind – makes air travel safer, more comfortable and more efficient for carriers and passengers.
SpriteAero monitors air inside cabins for such harmful or dangerous elements as well as tobacco, smoke and alcohol.

It can detect:
•    NH3 (ammonia)
•    Nitrogen oxides (NOx) behind air pollution
•    Alcohol
•    Benzene, which can be harmful to health
•    Smoke
•    CO2
•    Ozone
•    Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG)/propane/butane/iso-butane and natural gas
•    Methane
•    Hydrogen
•    Hydrogen Sulphide
•    Tricresyl phosphate (TCP), which can be harmful to health

SpriteAero can also monitor temperature and humidity. Units transmit their data wirelessly from individual rows of seats to attendants’ tablets or onboard systems in real time during flights.

SpriteAero can also immediately send alerts if danger levels are reached.

Data can also be logged for later analysis and help improve maintenance turnaround times as well as enhance the flying experience for passengers.
Andrew Barnett, FliteTrak joint managing director, said: “We are looking forward to showcasing SpriteAero at Hamburg.

“It is the first working technology of its kind with the power to make flights safer and more comfortable for passengers while improving efficiency and security for operators and carriers.”

SpriteAero can be configured to work with FliteTrak’s ViatorAero system or independently.

ViatorAero monitors individual seats for such variables as movement, temperature, seat belt closure and mobile phone activation.

Systems can be incorporated into newbuild aircraft components or retrofitted into existing cabins.

FliteTrak, with its Innovations Hub at Daedalus Park at Lee on the Solent in Hampshire, UK, has just marked its first anniversary.

In 2017, the company was a finalist at the EEF Future Manufacturing Awards and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Innovation Awards. It was also on the shortlist for the Crystal Cabin Awards at AIX.

Andrew recently attended the All-Party Parliamentary Manufacturing Group at Westminster about research and development in the Government’s industrial strategy.