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External Viewing Airborne Cctv System
Published January 01, 1992 by Institution of Mechanical Engineers in United Kingdom
Recent technology now makes it possible to place miniature closed circuit television cameras (CCTV) external to the aircraft.
The paper describes the British Airways CCTV trial installation on a B747 aircraft of three externally-looking miniature video cameras plus associated viewing and recording equipment. The purpose of the trial is to evaluate system performance throughout the spectrum of environmental and climatic conditions encountered by an aircraft in airline operation.
The trial may be extended to introduce a monitor into the cockpit, to introduce internal cameras and to explore the possibility of enhanced vision (infra red). The exercise will give British Airways the opportunity to evaluate a future fleet fit of a CCTV system and the CAA the opportunity to evaluate possible future applications.