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Heads-up Guidance System Could Improve Aviation Safety

by John M. White |

Rockwell Collins, a leader in avionics systems for aircraft, commissioned a study by the Flight Safety Foundation to determine the effectiveness of head-up guidance system technology. In the "Head-p Guidance Technology -- A clear path to increasing flight safety" report 983 aircraft accidents over a 13 year time period were examined, and included air carrier, business and corporate accidents for the period 1995 through 2007. The report indicates that a 69% likelihood of preventing an accident during take-off and landing where the pilot was directly involved could have occurred with the use of head-up guidance technology, while a 57% decrease in loss-of-control accidents could have occurred using this technology. The key to these safety improvements lies in the fact that a head-up guidance display is in a pilot's forward field of view, eliminating the need to continually transition from head-down instrument scanning to the forward view through the aircraft's windshield. As a result, pilots can keep their attention focused on the outside world while at the same time seeing important instrument data inputs. You can learn more about this study at "Flight Safety Foundation Report Shows HGS(TM) Could Have Helped Prevent Aircraft Accidents." Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7 ps: Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter "All Things Aviation" here!

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