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Stefan Schuet Presents Invited Talk at the Airline Operations Workshop
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Stefan Schuet Presents Invited Talk at the Airline Operations Workshop

Stefan Schuet presented an invited talk on "Emerging Technologies for Airplane State Awareness and Prediction" to industry and government representatives at the Airline Operations Workshop, August 2-5, here at Ames. The talk summarized current developments on several flight-deck automation support capabilities jointly developed by TI researchers in both the Discovery and Systems Health (DaSH) and Autonomous Systems and Robotics (ASR) research areas, as well as others at NASA Langley Research Center. The technologies included aircraft trajectory prediction, safe-flight envelope estimation, system interaction synoptic displays, and stall recovery guidance — all developed to substantially address significant issues leading to Loss of Control in Flight (LOC-I) accidents and incidents.

BACKGROUND: Loss of Control in Flight (LOC-I) is consistently the leading cause of fatal aircraft accidents. A study of LOC accidents and incidents, commissioned by the Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST), identified a growing trend in loss of Airplane State Awareness (ASA) by flight crew. This has led to recommended safety enhancements that include flight deck technologies with the potential of enhancing flight crew awareness of airplane energy state. The goal of this research is to develop and evaluate technologies that predict and assess the future aircraft energy state and auto-flight configuration, and to provide appropriate alerting for anticipated problematic auto-flight inputs, with the aim of enhancing pilots’ situational awareness.

NASA PROGRAM FUNDING: Technologies for Airplane State Awareness (TASA), Airspace Technology Demonstration (ATD), Airspace Operations and Safety Program (AOSP), Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD)

TEAM: Diana Acosta, Gordon Hardy (Aviation Systems Division: AF), John Kaneshige, Thomas Lombaerts, Peter Robinson, Stefan Schuet, Kimberlee Shish, and Vahram Stepanyan

POINT OF CONTACT: Stefan Schuet, stefan.r.schuet@nasa.gov

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