About Aviation Safety Technologies

Extending the frontiers of aviation

Who is AST?

Aviation Safety Technologies (AST) is the world’s leading real-time braking action and surface condition reporting company for aviation.

AST’s SafeScan™ Surface Management System is the world’s first service using real-time data from both landing aircraft sensors and vehicle-mounted mobile sensors. SafeScan™ works with all aircraft types and all airport surfaces to help drive improved landing safety, more efficient airport operations, higher runway uptime, and more reliable flight schedules for passengers.

Our mission: Helping airports and airlines meet the FAA mandate

AST’s SafeScan™ Surface Management System is the world’s first and only Runway Condition Code (RwyCC) service using real-time data from both landing aircraft and vehicle-mounted sensors. It is compliant with the FAA’s RCAM Requirements of AC 150-5200-30. Our scientists and aviation experts are introducing real-time reporting of true aircraft braking performance into the National Airspace System (NAS). We use quantitative sensors for measuring runway conditions, calculations of true braking coefficients, and trend analysis for predictive modeling.

AST was formed in response to new FAA requirements designed to help mitigate runway excursions.

Our roots reach back to 2007, when the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), in response to continuing landing overruns and runway excursions in U.S. airports, recommended that the FAA should: 

“Demonstrate the technical and operational feasibility of outfitting transport-category airplanes with equipment and procedures required to routinely calculate, record, and convey the airplane braking ability required and/or available to slow or stop the airplane during the landing roll. If feasible, require operators of transport-category airplanes to incorporate use of such equipment and related procedures into their operations.”

In response to this mandate, the FAA created guidelines for assessing and reporting airport conditions through the utilization of the Runway Condition Assessment Matrix (RCAM). The latest rev of RCAM Requirements of AC 150-5200-30 became effective on October 1, 2016.

Our technology is operationally proven, with 13+ million landings already recorded.

Boasting a decade of impeccable field operation, AST’s SafeScan™ Surface Management System is currently being used by 1,600+ commercial aircraft and is recording 6,000+ landings a day. It has been used to aid accident and incident investigations. It’s been tested in scientific research within the Joint Winter Runway Friction Program (sponsored by NASA, FAA, and other research organizations). The reporting system is successfully operating on both Boeing and Airbus aircraft.

There are no limitations to using this system on any aircraft, regardless of manufacturer or origin.

Prototyping exercises with commercial carriers are ongoing, helping to further enhance the reliability and accuracy of the technology.

AST’s feasibility study with the FAA

In 2016, AST completed a Feasibility Study with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). It was published as FAA Broad Agency Announcement DTFACT-13-R-00009, entitled “Determining Runway Friction Conditions in Real Time Using Data Obtained from Airplanes during Landing Rollout.” The project was successfully completed for the FAA in May, 2016.

AST is a portfolio business of the Dillon Kane Group

The Dillon Kane Group (DKG) turns great software into great business.  DKG is a privately-held group of affiliated companies that invests in, builds, and revitalizes technology solution businesses. We focus primarily on software asset initiatives, building and buying businesses with our own capital and select outside investors and partners.  More than 300+ DKG technologists and subject matter experts are engineering tomorrow’s breakthroughs in surface management, data analytics, automation, and other leading-edge technologies.

We formed AST to help the aviation industry tackle one of its long-standing challenges – reducing the risks and improving the efficiencies associated with using and managing the runway surfaces at the heart of their operations.

Extending the frontiers of aviation

Our approach at AST is to turn guesswork into knowledge about actual surface conditions and deceleration. And we’re proud of what we’ve accomplished. Leveraging DKG’s development teams and academia, AST has built the world’s first and only braking action measurement system using live data from landing aircraft.

We invite you to learn more about Dillon Kane Group and our plans for AST. We look forward to sharing our vision with you. Visit the Dillon Kane Website to learn more.