What problem my design idea (called AirView) solves:
- The design provides a method of saving lives by avoiding Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) in any size aircraft, plane or helicopters.
- AirView also provides a Functional and Affordable solution for small & medium size planes and helicopters worldwide to navigate in rapidly changing weather conditions.
The benefits of the design:
- The main benefit of the design is saving lives.
- AirView will be crucial in rescue missions during conditions where visual confirmation is not possible or extremely inaccurate and when time is critical for saving lives, both in airplanes and helicopters.
- AirView doesn’t use GPS which may be unavailable or have a delayed signal, nor terrain maps which may be un-updated or non-existent in some areas, specifically in the north remote areas.
- Imagine your car GPS tells you there is an intersection ahead, but you already crossed it. Similar, what happens when you’re in an aircraft and the intersection represents a mountain you just crashed into.
- If the aircraft flying Kobe Bryant was equipped with AirView system, the accident may have been avoided saving all 9 lives aboard.
How is your idea novel or an improvement on what is currently available in the marketplace?
AirView is a new innovative device that does not exist at this time, improves safety, navigation and is a stand-alone feature at a reasonable cost.
Where would this idea be applied?
This idea will be applied on any size aircraft which have either digital or analog avionics systems.
What is the market potential?
Any size aircraft in the world.
How does your design work?
AirView provides a navigation aid on Augmented Reality (AR) display of the forward and down terrain, reconstructed from an on-board radar signal (Directly processed sensor data without GPS or terrain database usage, or inaccurate prediction algorithms).
AirView major components (See pictures):
1.The Radar scans the front-down direction of the aircraft and communicates with the AirViewServer.
2.The AirViewServer receives the data from the Radar, process it and controls the display according to predefined algorithms and thresholds.
3.The AR display has 2 modes of operation: Inactive and Active. In the inactive mode, the glasses are transparent and don’t interfere with pilot’s view and plane operations. In the active mode, a tactical display appears on the glasses in front of the pilot. To switch the focus from aircraft instruments to AR, the pilot changes the eye’s focus, similar to changing the focus from your hand to the landscape behind your hand in front of you, it’s natural and doesn’t require training.
How would your product be manufactured?
The product will be manufactured by manufacturing the server and adding OEM modules like the Radar unit and the AR glasses with proprietary software.
How would the production cost compare with products already in the marketplace?
The production cost will allow this product to be sold at the same price, or lower to existing TAWS systems, and to be affordable for small planes owners who currently don’t have other alternatives.