Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

NASA Safety System Steers Pilots Clear Of Close Calls

Date:
October 23, 2000
Source:
NASA's Langley Research Center
Summary:
Overcrowded airports mean overcrowded runways, taxiways and ramps. On-the-ground collisions at the nation's airports are occurring more frequently, but NASA engineers have developed a way to keep aircraft on track and away from dangerous encounters.

Overcrowded airports mean overcrowded runways, taxiways and ramps. On-the-ground collisions at the nation's airports are occurring more frequently, but NASA engineers have developed a way to keep aircraft on track and away from dangerous encounters.

It is an advanced cockpit display system, developed at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA. The Runway Incursion Prevention System, or RIPS, would give pilots and air traffic controllers an early warning if another plane or ground vehicle is about to intrude onto the runway.

Close calls between aircraft and ground vehicles or other planes, often called runway incursions, have grown steadily during the past decade. In the last five years there has been a 60 percent increase in near-collisions, according to the National Transportation Safety Board, with 320 incidents reported in 1999 alone. Reducing run way incursions has become the Federal Aviation Administration's number one safety priority.

Harry Verstynen, the chief pilot from Langley, said the RIPS display has multiple uses. "Even for the large percentage of the time that you are not having a runway incursion," he said, "the displays that are being developed as part of this project will give the pilot significant improvements in situational awareness on the airport and taxiing in low visibility conditions."

Technicians equipped a NASA 757 aircraft with the experimental displays and computer systems. NASA and airline pilots made a number of overnight flight tests at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to evaluate the technologies. Their observations will be used to help refine the displays for possible use in airliners.

Airline pilots have given the system high marks. "We have made several recommendations on some changes, but overall it's a well-thought out system," said John Penney, Advanced Maneuvers Program Manager and Standards Captain B-757/767 of United Airlines. "With a few minor adjustments, I think it's something commercial industry and aviation industry should take and grab hold of."

NASA's Runway Incursion Prevention System integrates several advanced technologies into a surface communication, navigation and surveillance system for flight crews and air traffic controllers. It combines a head-down display of an electronic moving map of airport runways and taxiways with a head-up screen that gives the pilot real-time guidance. The system shows and sounds alerts if another plane or vehicle is about to encroach onto the runway. RIPS also uses specially developed computer software, GPS signals and ground technologies developed by the FAA's Runway Incursion Reduction Program.

NASA will demonstrate the incursion prevention system and two other cockpit technologies at DFW October 24 through 26 to news media, FAA officials, and other government and industry representatives.

This research is part of the NASA Aviation Safety Program, which is a partnership with the FAA, the Department of Defense, aircraft manufacturers, airlines and universities. The partnership supports a national goal to reduce the fatal aircraft accident rate by 80 percent in 10 years and by 90 percent in two and a half decades. Researchers at four NASA field installations are working with the FAA and industry to develop advanced, affordable technologies to make flying safer: Langley; Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA; Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA and Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH.

For more information on the NASA Aviation Safety Program please check the Internet at: http://avsp.larc.nasa.gov


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by NASA's Langley Research Center. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

NASA's Langley Research Center. "NASA Safety System Steers Pilots Clear Of Close Calls." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 23 October 2000. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/10/001022202935.htm>.
NASA's Langley Research Center. (2000, October 23). NASA Safety System Steers Pilots Clear Of Close Calls. ScienceDaily. Retrieved July 22, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/10/001022202935.htm
NASA's Langley Research Center. "NASA Safety System Steers Pilots Clear Of Close Calls." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/10/001022202935.htm (accessed July 22, 2014).

Share This




More Matter & Energy News

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Government Approves East Coast Oil Exploration

Government Approves East Coast Oil Exploration

AP (July 18, 2014) The Obama administration approved the use of sonic cannons to discover deposits under the ocean floor by shooting sound waves 100 times louder than a jet engine through waters shared by endangered whales and turtles. (July 18) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Sunken German U-Boat Clearly Visible For First Time

Sunken German U-Boat Clearly Visible For First Time

Newsy (July 18, 2014) The wreckage of the German submarine U-166 has become clearly visible for the first time since it was discovered in 2001. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Obama: U.S. Must Have "smartest Airports, Best Power Grid"

Obama: U.S. Must Have "smartest Airports, Best Power Grid"

Reuters - US Online Video (July 17, 2014) President Barak Obama stopped by at a lunch counter in Delaware before making remarks about boosting the nation's infrastructure. Mana Rabiee reports. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com
Crude Oil Prices Bounce Back After Falling Below $100 a Barrel

Crude Oil Prices Bounce Back After Falling Below $100 a Barrel

TheStreet (July 16, 2014) Oil Futures are bouncing back after tumbling below $100 a barrel for the first time since May yesterday. Jeff Grossman is the president of BRG Brokerage and trades at the NYMEX. Grossman tells TheStreet the Middle East is always a concern for oil traders. Oil prices were pushed down in recent weeks on Libya increasing its production. Supply disruptions in Iraq fading also contributed to prices falling. News from China's economic front showing a growth for the second quarter also calmed fears on its slowdown. Jeff Grossman talks to TheStreet's Susannah Lee on this and more on the Energy Department's Energy Information Administration (EIA) report. Video provided by TheStreet
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins