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Enhanced vision meets pilot assistance
Author(s): Peter Hecker; Hans-Ullrich Doehler; Reiner Suikat
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Paper Abstract

As presented in previous contributions within SPIE's Enhanced and Synthetic Vision Conferences, DLR's Institute of Flight Guidance is involved in the design, development and testing of enhanced vision systems for flight guidance applications. The combination of forward looking imaging sensors (such as DaimlerChrysler's HiVision millimeter wave radar), terrain data stored in on-board databases plus information transmitted from ground or on-board other aircraft via data link is used to give the air crew an improved situational awareness. This helps pilots to handle critical tasks, such as landing approaches and taxiing especially under adverse weather conditions. The research and development of this system was mostly funded by a national research program from mid of 1996 to mid of 1999. On one hand this paper will give a general overview about the project and the lessons learned. Results of flight tests carried out recently will be shown as well as brief looks into evaluation tests on-board an Airbus A-340 full flight simulator performed mid of 1998 at the Flight Simulation Center Berlin. On the other hand an outlook will be presented, which shows enhanced vision systems as a major player in the theater of pilot assistance systems as they are under development at DLR's Institute of Flight Guidance in close cooperation with the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Munich, Germany.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 July 1999
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3691, Enhanced and Synthetic Vision 1999, (19 July 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.354414
Show Author Affiliations
Peter Hecker, DLR (Germany)
Hans-Ullrich Doehler, DLR (Germany)
Reiner Suikat, DLR (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3691:
Enhanced and Synthetic Vision 1999
Jacques G. Verly, Editor(s)

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