Patriot Day – How Air Electro has Helped America Move Forward Since the 9/11 Attacks

An image of One World Observatory combined with an American flag.

September 11, 2001 – Patriot Day, a day that will live in infamy for the duration of World History, was also a day that changed almost every aspect of how we travel.  Air Electro is proud to have partnered with companies that contributed to safer air travel after the horrible tragedy and have continued to support the men and women of the United States Armed Forces and First Responders as they work to better the world.

Cockpit Doors

Reinforced cockpit door by safran

New Reinforced Cockpit Doors by Safran with Connectors Supplied by Air Electro / Photo: Safran-Cabin

After September 11, the stability and security of the cockpit doors were brought into question.  Safran-Cabin stepped in to solve this issue, and we were there. As the creator of the world’s first reinforced cockpit door, Safran Cabin occupies a unique place in history, having retrofitted the entire the Boeing B737 and B757 fleet in the aftermath of 9/11. Based on a simple yet effective design, and utilizing a proprietary combination of energy-absorbing and load-bearing composite layers. Safran is the sole-source supplier for reinforced cockpit doors on the Boeing B737, the Airbus A220, the Bombardier CRJ Series and Q Series aircraft, and can offer both active and passive decompression management.



Electrical connectors like this RMS BACC45FM14-7PH are used by Safran in the security cockpit doors.

These reliable and effective electrical connectors from RMS, the BACC45, is the connector Safran chose to use in this extensive project and Air Electro was their supplier.  We were very excited to be awarded the program and be a part of securing, not only Americans but people around the globe from a repeated threat of that magnitude.

In addition to these new security doors, there were new rules put into place by the FAA to add additional measures of protection. According to the US Federal Aviation Administration, doors should typically be tough enough to withstand a grenade blast. They are usually left locked throughout the flight. Cockpit security systems are supposed to allow a pilot the ability to access the cockpit.

New York City skyline

New York City downtown urban architecture at night and September 11 tribute light

USS New York – Naval Vessel Built From Steel From the World Trade Center Wreckage

Air Electro has partnered with programs for all branches of the military and we wanted to highlight the strength and ingenuity of the engineers in the Armed Forces.  We wanted to take a moment and highlight an incredible engineering achievement that we admire. The USS New York was made from salvaged steel of the World Trade Center wreckage and has an incredible story to its fruition.

Shortly after 11 September 2001, Governor of New York George E. Pataki wrote a letter to Secretary of the Navy Gordon R. England requesting that the Navy bestow the name “New York” on a surface warship involved in the Global War on Terrorism in honor of the victims of the September 11 attacks. In his letter, the Governor said he understood state names were reserved for submarines but asked for special consideration so the name could be given to a surface ship. The request was approved on 28 August 2002.

Steel from the World Trade Center is melted and poured for construction of New York, September 2003.

Steel from the World Trade Center is melted and poured for construction of New York, September 2003. / Photo: Wikimedia Commons

A symbolic amount of steel salvaged from the World Trade Center after it was destroyed in the September 11 attacks was used in her construction. The ship is the first to be designed fully from the CAD-screen up to support all of the Marines’ primary mobility capabilities—Landing Craft Air Cushion and MV-22B Osprey. 

The contract to build New York was awarded to Northrop Grumman Ship Systems in 2003. New York was under construction in New Orleans at the time of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

7.5 short tons (6.8 t) of the steel used in the ship’s construction came from the rubble of the World Trade Center; this represents less than one-thousandth of the total weight of the ship. The steel was melted down at Amite Foundry and Machine in Amite, Louisiana, to cast the ship’s bow section. It was poured into the molds on 9 September 2003, with 7 short tons (6.4 t) cast to form the ship’s “stem bar”—part of the ship’s bow. The foundry workers reportedly treated it with “reverence usually accorded to religious relics,” gently touching it as they walked by. One worker delayed his retirement after 40 years of working to be part of the project.

"The USS New York in the Hudson River on Nov 2nd, 2009"

The USS New York in the Hudson River on Nov 2nd, 2009 / Photo: Wikimedia Commons

It is with great pride that Air Electro has so closely partnered with military and civilian organizations in the aftermath of the September 11 tragedies and contributed to the growth, safety and sophistication that the armed services and government agencies have undergone.  From UAV to satellites, ground vehicles overseas to civilian and military aircraft, we are involved with each step of our country’s recovery and strengthening.

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