Sagem signs agreement with CAAC to team up on flight data management in China

Paris Air Show, Le Bourget, June 21, 2011

Sagem (Safran group) today signed a collaboration agreement with the China Academy of Civil Aviation Science and Technology (Center of Aviation Safety Technology, CAAC) to provide Chinese airlines with world-class systems and services for the management and monitoring of flight data.

The agreement was signed by Guan Wuping, Vice Chairman of CAST (Center of Aviation Safety Technology), and Philippe Petitcolin, Chairman and CEO of Sagem.

The agreement, which applies to all of mainland China, provides for the following:

  • Sagem will support Chinese Airlines by providing its expertise in flight data management for enhanced flight safety and risk management, based on its Analysis Ground Station (AGS) system;
  • Sagem will assist CAST to improve its support for Chinese airlines and other operators concerning the analysis of flight data;
  • CAST will help Sagem receive Chinese certification for its aircraft condition monitoring systems (ACMS) and wireless data transmission systems;
  • Sagem will work with CAST to develop its Cassiopée range of services for Chinese airlines, by optimizing flight phases and operating cost management;

Sagem's AGS is a semi-automatic aircraft flight data analysis system, enabling operators to optimize fleet maintenance management and reduce costs (via the MOQA approach: Maintenance Operation Quality Assurance), while also helping to improve flight safety (Flight Operation Quality Assurance – FOQA).

Chosen by more than 500 users worldwide, including almost 135 airlines, AGS has become the world's leading flight data analysis system. It is used and recommended by major aircraft and aero-engine manufacturers.

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Sagem , a high-tech company in the Safran group, holds world or European leadership positions in optronics, avionics, electronics and safety-critical software for both civil and military markets. Sagem is the No. 1 company in Europe and No. 3 worldwide for inertial navigation systems (INS) used in air, land and naval applications. It is also the world leader in helicopter flight controls and the European leader in optronics and tactical UAV systems. Operating across the globe through the Safran group, Sagem and its subsidiaries employ 7,000 people in Europe, Southeast Asia and North America. Sagem is the commercial name of the company Sagem Défense Sécurité.

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CAAC, the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China, is a ministry-level organ directly under the State Council, which is responsible for the national civil aviation affairs. CAAC is authorized by the Civil Aviation Law of People's Republic of China (PRC) to "enforce the unified supervision and regulation on the civil aviation activities of the whole country, and in accordance with laws and State Council's decisions, to issue regulations and decisions concerning civil aviation activities within its jurisdiction".

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CAST, is a non-profitable research institution directly under the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China (CAAC). The main responsibilities of CAST include: carrying out science research and innovation to improve the management level on civil aviation safety and economy; providing technological support to CAAC when performing industry regulations; and providing integrated services to the development of China civil aviation.

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Sagem (Safran group)
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75 512 Paris Cedex 15 – France

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