In times of heightened security, aircraft locks can be problematic. “The standard locks on many aircraft are surprisingly easy to open with only a similarly shaped key. Most operators want something more secure,” said Jim Jetton, president of Aircraft Security & Alert Systems, manufacturer of a line of custom-designed Medeco locks for aircraft.
Gulfstream has contracted with Aircraft Security & Alert Systems, the sole provider of custom-designed Medeco locks for aircraft, to develop an advanced lock system for the Savannah OEM’s new G650.
AirLock Aviation Security Systems has developed a programmable electronic door and access-panel locking system that records all uses of the locks to gain access to an aircraft. Unlike all-aircraft security systems that include sensors and electronic boxes, AirLock’s electronic access control system requires replacing mechanical door and access-panel locks with AirLock’s locking devices.
Steecon Enterprises has manufactured more than 500 pocket doors for corporate and business aircraft since it started operations in 1988. The company offers several different pocket doors built to fit specific size aircraft, and each door is built completely assembled and ready to install to aircraft bulkheads, said a spokesman.
Aircraft Security & Alert Systems of Dallas has been selected to provide an advanced locking mechanism as standard equipment for Bombardier’s new Challenger 300. The main cabin door, baggage door and hell-hole door will come with Secure II Medeco hardened locks.