Jeddah Based Dallah Albaraka Announced as International Launch Client for the Jetaire Group at Dubai Air Show 2009

New product designed to protect aircraft auxiliary fuel systems from catastrophic explosion, satisfies both aviation regulations and customer requirements in a single, seamless package.

Nov 17, 2009, 10:27 ET from Office of The Governor of the State of Georgia

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Georgia Department of Economic Development announced today at the Dubai Airshow that Jetaire Group, an industry leader in complete avionics and electrical systems solutions where durability and peak performance are vital, has completed its first sale of an innovative product that can keep auxiliary aircraft fuel tanks from igniting. Saudi Arabian major conglomerate Dallah Albaraka is the first company to benefit from Jetaire's ground-breaking solution that also reduces the cost for increasing fire suppression in transport category airplanes.

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"Jetaire's successful development and sale of this unique product illustrates the vitality of Georgia's innovation economy," said Ken Stewart, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. "We're proud that our talent pipeline and access to capital helps generate important new discoveries that impact both people's lives and companies' value."

Engineered by the Jetaire Group and installed in The Dallah Albaraka Group's Boeing 727 with Rogerson auxiliary fuel tanks, the solution is the result of Jetaire's substantial FAA and European certification experience and the 25 years of technical experience of its on-staff DERs and DARs.

Faisal Haddadin, Advisor to the Chairman of Dallah Flight Operations said "We were diligent in exploring a number of options for our modification, and the Jetaire solution exceeded the criteria as the most cost-effective and efficient that we have seen," said Mr. Haddadin. "By simultaneously satisfying our requirements and the regulatory mandates while providing the level of experience needed for a program of this complexity, Jetaire also saved us both money and down time. Jetaire's ability to deliver value, quality and exceed requirements was a major consideration for Dallah."

As a result of the catastrophic explosion of TWA's flight 800 in 1997, aviation regulatory bodies require that affected auxiliary fuel tanks, including most systems manufactured by ATS, PATS and Rogerson, be upgraded to meet new safety guidelines. While typical solutions address single phases of the requirements, the Jetaire solution is compliant with all phases and has been approved for immediate installation in a number of models of Boeing Business jets.

"Jetaire understands the complex requirements of the regulations and those of our customers, and our experts have created a seamless solution with no potential failure modes and a certified 14-year service life," said Michael Williams, president of Jetaire and a member of the International Fire Protections Working Group. "Georgia's business climate and resources have supported our company's research, and the development of this solution."

In addition to a large number of certifications, Jetaire also holds 20 other Supplemental Type Certifications (STCs) for smoke detection and fire suppression in business and commercial aircraft. As the first company to certify the commercial use of the military version of an explosion suppressant that protects the most advanced tactical fighter aircraft currently in service, Jetaire is now developing structural corrections to B737 aircraft that have PATS tanks requiring deactivation according to directives for airworthiness.

About Georgia's aerospace industry

Georgia ranks eighth among U.S. states for aviation industry employment, with over 80,000 employees in more than 500 operations. Industry giants like Boeing, Cessna, Gulfstream, Lockheed Martin and many more have a presence in the state. Georgia's total aviation exports worldwide topped $3.2 billion in 2008, ranking the state as the ninth-highest U.S. state in this sector. Georgia ranks fourth among U.S. states in aviation sector exports to the UAE, with exports surging from less than $5 million in 2007 to over $82 million in 2008.

About the Jetaire Group(TM)

Jetaire Group, with more than 25 years of certification experience, is an industry leader in complete avionics and electrical systems solutions including certification, manufacture, and modification for customers in the aviation and aerospace industries. Responsible for certification of more than 500 major FAA approvals for commercial and corporate aircraft and nearly 200 major design approvals, Jetaire is recognized for providing high reliability electronic and hardware systems support for critical functions where durability and peak performance are vital. With deep aviation and aerospace expertise and the capacity for immediate response to changes in FAA regulations and guidelines, to technology, and to customer requirements, Jetaire Group(TM) provides services through its affiliates Jetaire Aerospace & Technology, Inc.(TM), Jetaire Flight Systems, LLC(TM), and Jetaire Aerospace, LLC.

    Media contacts:
    The Jetaire Group
    Valena Scott (404) 644-7794
    Governor's Office of Communications  +1 (404) 651-7774
    GolinHarris, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
    Gaurav Bhatnagar / Hasmik Babikian
    Mobile: +971-050-4568784

SOURCE Office of The Governor of the State of Georgia