Satair has signed a multi-million dollar distribution agreement
with Metamaterial Technologies Inc. (MTI) and its optical filters
division Lamda Guard of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada to
bring MTI’s metaAIR laser glare protection eyewear and visors to
all aviation and military markets.
The technology features a patented dielectric (non-metallic) optical metamaterial
filter, which has been scientifically engineered to ensure that
the pilots’ vision and interpretation of the surrounding
environment is not disturbed during critical phases of flight.
Laser strikes on aircraft and helicopters have risen over the
years and laser pointers are increasing in power and decreasing in
price. Lasers can distract and even harm pilots during critical
phases of flight and can cause temporary visual impairment. Over
6750 laser incidents were recorded in the USA in 2017 according to
the Federal Aviation Administration. In 2016 there were over 1750
laser incidents reported to the UK Civil Aviation Authority and
Transport Canada Civil Aviation.
George Palikaras, MTI
Founder and CEO, said, “We
have worked closely with Satair since signing our initial MoU in
June 2017 and which has led to today’s agreement for our eyewear,
and visor products. We are very pleased to have Satair as our
exclusive distributor. Through our partnership with Satair we will
introduce our products to not just the commercial aviation market
originally envisaged, but to service the growing needs of a much
wider market to offer a solution to the increasing threats of
laser strikes in global fixed-wing and rotary-wing aviation, law
enforcement and defence.”
Satair is moving this
relationship to commercialisation and will deploy its global
presence and extended distribution and parts support services to
all commercial aviation and defence market segments with metaAIR
eyewear and visors products.
Bart Reijnen, CEO of Satair, said, “This deal is very unique in the
sense that through a combined Airbus effort we have brought a
start-up company to production maturity. We have utilised cross
functional resources internally in Airbus to bring MTI to this
stage. Departments such as Start-up-2-Partner within Corporate
Innovation, Airbus Aircraft Security, Airbus Defence and Space and
Satair have all taken responsibility as project sponsors. The
result is the signature of today’s distribution agreement”.