AFI KLM E&M's American subsidiary has developed an innovative and affordable software application
Paris, Amstelveen, 21 October 2014 - Released in May 2014, Barfield's new technology transforms any Android tablet into a wireless remote control for the DPS1000 - the Ground Support Test Equipment (GSTE) used for testing aircraft Pitot-Static/Air Data systems. Where in the past line testing often required two operators, communicating with each other by radio, Barfield's technology only requires one. Moreover, one of the great benefits of a software application is that it's highly flexible: it can continually evolve with extremely limited development cost. Since its release the app system was already improved, in light of the feedback from its first users. It will soon be extended to Apple's iOS devices. While the number of tablets in mechanics' tool boxes is today substantially increasing, Barfield's innovation appears to be a reliable, economical and universal solution.
A giant step forward for the industry
Barfield is proud to be the first Ground Support Test Equipment OEM to have taken the step of using on-board applications operating under "universal" operating systems. Today the DPS1000 is a Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) capable test bench for aircraft flying above 29,000 feet, but the app will be progressively mainstreamed to all test equipment for all types of aircraft: "Our market extends to everything flying today, all over the world," says Lew Wingate, Vice President, Distribution and GSTE. "With this innovation, we can fully assume our pioneering and leadership mantle: we are helping our entire market and the industry as a whole to take a giant step forward!"
Barfield consists of 220 employees across its facilities in Miami, Phoenix and Louisville. Together with its sister company Aero Maintenance Group, Barfield is part of the AFI KLM E&M network, a major MRO provider. Barfield's core businesses are Component services, Airline programs, Distribution, Ground Support Test Equipment (GSTE) and Rotables & Trading. For more than two decades, Barfield has been supplying complete tailor-made support programs for A320 family, Boeing 737, Bombardier, Dash 8, ATR 42 & 72 and Embraer 170 & 190 to airlines in need of inventory and logistics solutions, repair management programs, engineering and fleet support, and component reliability management.