BEA places its trust in CEFA Aviation!

The Alsace-based software developer wins Bureau d’Enquêtes Analyses contract

CEFA Aviation got off to a flying start in 2018! Starting this year, its CEFA FAS Flight Animation System will be the software used by BEA, the bureau of investigation and analysis for French civil aviation safety, which is known the world over for its reliable air accident and incident investigations.

The Alsace-based SME won the contract to supply BEA with its state-of-the-art CEFA Flight Animation System. CEFA FAS recreates the flights using synthetic imaging, based on the planes’ flight recorder and black box data and incorporating a wide range of investigation tools. Since its inception in 2000, CEFA Aviation has gained a reputation with the flight safety departments of over 80 major airlines and, with the 2017 launch of its innovative CEFA AMS (Aviation Mobile Services), it expanded into pilot training. This new contract sees it grow its presence in a third area: investigation.

What clenched the deal? According to Rémi Jouty, Director of BEA: “We chose the CEFA FAS software because it meets all our requirements. Primarily, animating the flight data will make it easier for us to communicate the results of our investigations, which is an integral part of our missions. With CEFA FAS, we will be able to create better reconstructions of the flights we analyse and understand faster what caused the problems by highlighting the sequence of the pilots’ actions and the technical incidents and faults.”

“Reproducing flight data as animations is not an easy task. The data are complex and vary a great deal according to factors such as the type of plane, the flight recorder and the airlines. But absolute accuracy is required,” said Dominique Mineo, CEO and founder of CEFA Aviation. “With some 20 years’ experience in this area, our in-house engineers are highly professional. We are particularly proud to have won this contact with such a prestigious air accident investigation bureau of international renown.”

The CEFA FAS software is unique in that it offers over 30 cockpits and high-precision instrument displays, is easy to use and has a broad spectrum of functions. For instance, it can be used to recreate the weather conditions, right down to the type of cloud and the external light. Navigation maps can be incorporated, alarms and other plane noises accurately reproduced and each of the flight parameters analysed separately. With all these options, the investigators can place themselves in the shoes of the pilot to better understand the action taken. BEA will be supplied with customised software to meet its specific requirements. CEFA FAS is the closest you will get to the real thing.

IACO, the international regulating body for accident investigations, specifies that “the sole purpose of an investigation (…) is to prevent future accidents and incidents.” BEA’s primary mission is to improve aviation safety by publishing reports and recommendations based on its investigations and enquiries. Together, CEFA Aviation’s realistic animations and BEA’s expertise will help make the sky safer each day.

>> Download the press release in English here

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