ATR has won the contract to provide the cockpit door security modification for American Eagle Airlines. ATR will deliver the first modification kits during the fourth quarter of 2002, to be installed on all the regional carrier's ATR-42 and -72 fleet. A mock-up of the cockpit security system is on display at the ATR stand (Hall 3, B9).

American Eagle, an ATR customer since the late 1980s, is the largest regional airline in the US and the largest ATR operator in the world, with 71 examples in its fleet.

American Eagle is providing the cockpit door modifications in anticipation of the FAA's April 9, 2003 deadline for all aircraft to be retro-fitted to prevent cockpit incursions.

The modified cockpit door is designed to resist forcible intrusion up to impacts of 300 joules and penetration of 9mm and 44 magnum bullets.

To date, ATR has received 100 firm orders for cockpit door modification from Trans States Airlines, Jet Airways, Finnair and American Eagle. It has generated significant interest among ATR operators in the UK and Spain and is preparing specific applications for operators in many other countries.

Bob Reding, chief operating officer of American Eagle, said: "We are pleased to select the aircraft manufacturer for this modification on the ATR fleet and believe it provides American Eagle with the best solution

Source: Flight Daily News