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Image-based flight data recording for United States Air Force aircraft
Author(s): Abby L. Bassie; Dale W. Carter; Jeffrey Barnette; Robert J. Moorhead
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Paper Abstract

Flight data recorders (FDRs) play a critical role in determining root causes of military aviation mishaps. Some United States Air Force (USAF) aircraft record limited amounts of information during flight (e.g. T-1 Jayhawk), while others have no FDR on board the aircraft (B-52 Stratofortress). This study explores the use of image-based flight data recording to overcome a lack of available digitally-recorded FDR data. In this work, images of simulated cockpit gauges were unwrapped vertically, and 2-D cross-correlation was performed on each image of the unwrapped gauge and an template of the unwrapped gauge needle. Points of high correlation between the two images were used to locate the gauge needle, and interpolation and extrapolation were performed (based on known pixel locations of gauge tick marks) to quantify the value to which the gauge needle pointed. Results suggest that image-based flight data recording could provide key support to USAF mishap investigations when aircraft lack sufficient FDR data.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 April 2018
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 10649, Pattern Recognition and Tracking XXIX, 1064905 (27 April 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2299851
Show Author Affiliations
Abby L. Bassie, Mississippi State Univ. (United States)
Dale W. Carter, Air Force Safety Ctr. (United States)
Jeffrey Barnette, Air Force Safety Ctr. (United States)
Robert J. Moorhead, Mississippi State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10649:
Pattern Recognition and Tracking XXIX
Mohammad S. Alam, Editor(s)

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