ARINC's Cockpit Access Security System is currently being used by domestic airlines to verify the status of pilots flying in the jumpseat on U.S. domestic flights. The firm's system now includes screening of Air Traffic Controllers and pilots after a recent lift of a 10-year ban on Air Traffic Controllers observing operations in the cockpits of commercial airlines.
The change, made possible by a renewed Flight Deck Training program of the Federal Aviation Administration, allows controllers to ride in the cockpit jumpseats to familiarize themselves with cockpit operations during a flight. Controller's hadn't been allowed access to the jumpseats since the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
“The voluntary jumpseat program will provide a valuable training perspective which Controllers cannot obtain otherwise,“ said Tim Ryan, ARINC director of New Service Development. “We are pleased to help the FAA re-introduce this educational program.“