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Design of a perspective flight guidance display for a synthetic vision system
Author(s): Martin Gross; Udo Mayer; Rainer Kaufhold
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Paper Abstract

Adverse weather conditions affect flight safety as well as productivity of the air traffic industry. The problem becomes evident in the airport area (Taxiing, takeoff, approach and landing). The productivity of the air traffic industry goes down because the resources of the airport can not be used optimally. Canceled and delayed flights lead directly to additional costs for the airlines. Against the background of aggravated problems due to a predicted increasing air traffic the European Union launched the project AWARD (All Weather ARrival and Departure) in June 1996. Eleven European aerospace companies and research institutions are participating. The project will be finished by the end of 1999. Subject of AWARD is the development of a Synthetic Vision System (based on database and navigation) and an Enhanced Vision System (based on sensors like FLIR and MMWR). Darmstadt University of Technology is responsible for the development of the SVS prototype. The SVS application is depending on precise navigation, databases for terrain and flight relevant information, and a flight guidance display. The objective is to allow landings under CAT III a/b conditions independently from CAT III ILS airport installations. One goal of SVS is to enhance the situation awareness of pilots during all airport area operations by designing an appropriate man-machine- interface for the display. This paper describes the current state of the research and development of the Synthetic Vision System being developed in AWARD. The paper describes which methodology was used to identify the information that should be displayed. Human factors which influenced the basic design of the SVS are portrayed and some of the planned activities for the flight simulation tests are summarized.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 July 1998
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3364, Enhanced and Synthetic Vision 1998, (30 July 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.317496
Show Author Affiliations
Martin Gross, Darmstadt Univ. of Technology (Germany)
Udo Mayer, Darmstadt Univ. of Technology (Germany)
Rainer Kaufhold, Darmstadt Univ. of Technology (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3364:
Enhanced and Synthetic Vision 1998
Jacques G. Verly, Editor(s)

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