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EO/IR Surveillance Improving Aviation Safety in Airports
An automated bird detection system based on the Israeli Spider persistent surveillance system has been tested by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to improve the capability to detect and track bird activity near airports. A derivative of the system can also detect foreign objects and debris (FOD) on runways and taxiways.
A Bio Sensing Helmet Would Take Control When the Pilot Can’t
Canary, Elbit Systems'' bio-sensing helmet is fitted with unique sensors that measure physiological life signs. Monitoring the pilot’s heartbeat, blood flow and oxygen level in the blood stream. The system can identify developing conditions that could lead to hypoxia or G-induced loss of consciousness (GLOC).
Airborne Sense and Avoid Radars for RPAs
Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) successfully completed its second airborne demonstration for the Air Force Research Lab under its Multi Sensor Detect Sense and Avoid...
Japan-Based USAF F-16s Resume Flight Operations After Crash
Following the crash of a lone United States Air Force (USAF) F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 35th Fighter Wing off the northeast coast of Japan on 22 July, the Wing’s F-16s were ordered grounded for safety inspections.
Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier Crashes in Arizona
A Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier crashed in the Arizona desert about 15 miles northwest of Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Yuma during a training mission at 3:30 p.m. on 25 July. The pilot ejected safely only moments before the aircraft crashed on the desert floor and is reported to have suffered only minor injuries.
Raptors to Deploy to Japan – Despite Oxygen Issues
The US Air Force says its scientists have identified the root cause of the hypoxia-like events occured in its F-22A Raptor stealth fighters and linked the issue with the supply of oxygen delivered to pilots, not the quality of oxygen they were breathing. Two changes are being implemented to correct the oxygen supply issue - removing a diagnostic filter to increasing the air flow, and foregoing with the high altitude pressure suite, suspected to cause some of the problems.
US Defense Department Tells Japanese the MV-22B Osprey is Safe
The planned deployment of US Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor transport aircraft to Okinawa has run into some rather intense opposition from local Japanese...