1. Whilst it has access to a substantial amount of research and data which has been compiled regarding the Aerotoxic project and has a full IP exploitation licence for microfibre optical metering technology granted by the IP owner, the MOMT technology has been proven in the laboratory only, i.e. not in a ‘real world’ aircraft environment
Mitigation – By working sequentially, VNA provides continuous and further proofs, validation of the solution and its application before progressing to the next stage.
2. The design engineering being utilised to enable the MOMT to operate onboard aircraft will be modelled upon known and industry recognised technology, utilising ‘industry standard’ materials. However, it has not been used in conjunction with the aviation industry technology to date and could therefore fail upon airworthiness testing.
Mitigation – by working with aviation industry experts and contractors VN ADS will leverage their industry knowledge, know-how and experience to ensure that the solutions developed will be successful in airworthiness testing.
3. The market uptake for a MOMT type product is unproven. The projects success is driven in one part by the legislation that will follow any successful court claims currently being heard around the world, and public fear generated by the continuing onboard ‘fume events’ now being given the publicity they and the victims concerned deserve. This will eventually force manufacturers to quietly design and build an alternative aircraft fresh air intake system that circumvents the current ‘ bleed air’ option and detection will be a vital part of that process. However, there is no guarantee that the MOMT will become the industry’s ‘preferred’ detection solution.
Mitigation – VN ADS has support from UKTI for this solution and will leverage this position with UK based Operators and Manufacturers to get their buy-in. Furthermore, the VN ADS licence model lends itself to encouraging Governments to buy-into it, as the main economic benefits of jobs, taxes and environmental are still there. Also, in this instance speed to market will be vital to the governments and operators alike, so a ready-made solution that can be licenced with the benefits above will be the one adopted. See pages 10 to 13 of the IM for more detail.