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JETNET Offers Commercial Airliner Fleet Subscription Services

UTICA, NY – JETNET LLC, the world leader in aviation market intelligence, is now offering their new Commercial Airliner fleet subscription service, also know as “Big Planes”. JETNET Commercial Airliner will complement their business aircraft and helicopter subscription services, bringing together the “complete trio” of aviation fleet information.

Since acquiring Aviation Data Services, Inc. (AvData) in 2004, JETNET has continued to research worldwide commercial airline fleet data. AvData had its beginnings in October 1966 in Wichita, Kansas, and was one of the early pioneers that started the capture, analysis and dissemination of aviation fleet information and intelligence through the use of a worldwide reporting system.

“We are very pleased to present our “Big Planes” service to the worldwide commercial aviation marketplace,” said Vincent Esposito, JETNET President. “That includes widebody (twin aisle), narrowbody (single aisle), freighter and regional (under 100 seat) jet airliners, along with commuter turboprops.”

Since 2004 the commercial airline fleet data has been maintained under an annual single-source contract services agreement. JETNET is now offering the airliner aircraft fleet data through its real-time internet-accessed Evolution program, combined with both business aircraft and helicopters. The total fleet is comprised of nearly 100,000 in-operation airframes, 35,000 of which are airliners. 

JETNET’s services meet and exceed the industry’s requirements to provide timely, accurate data and information on these dynamic fleets, a critical service for aircraft professionals. The company routinely assists its clients, whether airframe manufacturers, maintenance and repair shops or financial institutions with special studies. These include services such as market analysis, product and business plan evaluation, fleet aging and ownership trends, and market projections.

Current JETNET clients include major airframe and powerplant manufacturers, service and maintenance organizations, aircraft finance and leasing companies, and dealers and brokers. JETNET is a resource employed by various aviation regulatory agencies throughout the world, and many others who require data on these aircraft populations. They are also regularly cited by trade and national media outlets.

The ways in which JETNET can assist you and your organization are virtually limitless”, said Lucia Frontera, JETNET’s Director of Market Research. “We recognize that each client has a unique set of requirements. What they share is the need for timely, accurate, complete fleet information, backed by the best aviation research organization in the world.”

The heart of JETNET’s market research is their 45 

person multilingual research team in Utica, NY, actively calling aircraft operators in order to maintain real-time updates to JETNET’s nearly 100,000 aircraft database.

For more than 20 years, JETNET has delivered the most comprehensive and reliable business and commercial aircraft research to its exclusive clientele of aviation professionals worldwide. In 2004, JETNET acquired Aviation Data Services, Inc. (AvData), founded in October 1966. JETNET is the ultimate source for fleet and marketplace information and intelligence. The company offers services for aviation professionals over the full spectrum of business and commercial aviation, including business jets and turboprops; fixed wing and helicopter aircraft; and commercial airliners; as well as management and networking tools for business aviation professionals and executives. Headquartered in its state-of-the-art facility in Utica, NY, JETNET provides multichannel access to real-time, userfriendly, comprehensive aircraft data.

For more information on JETNET Commercial Airliner, log on to www.jetnet.com or contact Michael Chase, JETNET Director, Special Projects at 214-226-9882 or [email protected]. For more information on JETNET LLC log on to jetnet.com or contact Paul Cardarelli, JETNET Director of Sales and Marketing, at 800-553-8638 (USA) or [email protected] or International inquiries, contact Karim Derbala, JETNET Exclusive Agent, EMEA, at 41.0.43.243.7056 or [email protected]

Did trojan malware cause plane to crash? New article says absolutely not


Cover page of an update to the Spanair investigation

The headline chugged across blogs and the Twitterverse last week: A Trojan virus could have played a role in the August 2008 crash of a Spanish airliner. Now comes a new headline: Absolutely not.

Yesterday, a blogger on tech site ZDNet.com challenged the Trojan conclusion with sharp vigor. He contends that (at the least) people miscalculated the facts or (at the worst) reported them shoddily to attract viewers. Writer Ed Bott’s conclusion is that dots were incorrectly connected by reporters and readers made due to assumptions pulled from a poorly translated Spanish newspaper article, the original source

Well, what are the facts? Could corrupted software have brought down this aircraft?

First, as noted in the ZDNet.com post and elsewhere, the Spanair crash that killed 154 of the 172 people on board of a McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82 on takeoff two years ago resulted from fully retracted flaps and slats.

The takeoff warning system meant to notify the pilots of this error did not engage. Other testing of the power plant and avionics computers showed nothing else wrong.  However, investigators say the warning system was on the same relay as the ram temperature sensor that maintenance technicians disconnected.

The events prior to takeoff put into question by some whether an infected computer, or other human action by the mechanics, could have prevented the tragedy. [more]

The DC-82 landed on a leg from Barcelona at Madrid-Barajas Airport five hours prior to a scheduled 1 p.m. takeoff on the remainder of its leg to Las Palmas, Spain, with the same crew. While on the runway before takeoff on this latter leg, the crew radioed the tower, reporting a high ram air temperature.

The aircraft return to the garage. Maintenance technicians, several of whom now may be charged with manslaughter on matters stemming from the crash, performed work on the sensor, then again cleared it for flight.  

Again, so where does the computer virus aspect come in?

The aircraft experienced similar ram-temperature problems on two prior flights. Had technicians recorded those instances and this into a Spanair database (any three faults), it would have triggered an alarm and presumably grounded the DC-82.

The Trojan virus infected this computer in question, perhaps causing a delay in the info being entered. However, according to Bott’s research, company policy mandated that employees enter data 24 hours after an incident.  None of those three incidents were recorded on the allegedly infected PC until after the plane had crashed,” he writes.

Bott goes as far as to scorn the media outlets who reported the outright likelihood of malware causing the crash, even saying that the editors should return to journalism school and/or hang their heads in shame.

Read the entire ZDNet.com article here.

What do you make of this? Weigh in on our comments section about what role you think the maintenance techs or the infected computer may have had in the incident. If a virus didn’t cause this crash, could it contribute to a future one as avionics increasingly become dependent upon technology?

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