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Dear David

Is it possible to provide Electronic Security Lock for Aeroplane Ignition system startup with a password?.

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Prashant

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Dear Prashant:

Most smaller, single engine aircraft already have an ignition lock in place.  The security of the ignition keys themselves is sometimes an issue, particularly in a flight school.  So, in addition, most smaller aircraft have a door lock and some also have locked "tie down" chains or ropes that provide additional aircraft security.   On some of the older twin engine piston aircraft, there is no ignition key but one has to know the start-up procedure for the aircraft.  Even so, most of these aircraft have door locks and most have locked tie-downs.

The larger the aircraft, the more sophisticated the security on these aircraft will be, including locked cockpit doors, as well as complex start-up procedures (no ignition system, per se, but, there is a sequence of steps needed to provide fuel to the engines and being the start up procedure for the turbine engines).  In addition, there are complex taxiing/movement procedures.  Airlines are responsible to providing security for their aircraft (and the ramp areas around them) and, in addition, airports are responsible for security of the airport overall.

I hope that this information helps.

Sincerely,

David A. NewMyer

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David A. NewMyer

Expertise

I can answer questions about aviation industry employment, airports and airport planning and aviation industry regulation (overall regulation of the industry--who regulates what and why).

Experience

I have worked in aviation since the late 1960s, primarily in airports, airport planning and in aviation education. I have done major research in aviation employment and in graduate education in aviation.

Organizations
University Aviation Association since 1982 (President, 2009-2010)

Publications
Collegiate Aviation Review Journal of Aviation/Aerospace Education and Research Journal of Air Transportation ATEA Journal SIU Press

Education/Credentials
B. S. in History and Government, University of Redlands, California, 1969 M. A. in Political Science (Metropolitan Studies), Drew University, Madison, New Jersey, 1971 M. S. in Transportation, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1974 Ph.D. in Education (Education Aministration and Higher Education), Southern Illinois University Carbonale, 1987

Awards and Honors
United Airlines William Wheatley Award from the University Aviation Association, 1994 for excellence in Post Secondary Aviation Education Sorensen Award for Excellence in Research, University Aviation Association, 2008

Past/Present Clients
Prepared airport master plan and environmental assessment reports for several Illinois Airports; prepared two separate airport systems plans for the Chicago area

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