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Aircraft Landing Assistance with Predictive Visualization

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000236853D
Publication Date: 2014-May-19
Document File: 3 page(s) / 86K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method of aircraft landing assistance using comparative position visualization and predictive analytics. This provides aircraft pilots and air traffic controllers with a method to visualize the predicted touch down zone of a runway based on various parameters in flight, as well as predict the stop point on the runway.

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Aircraft Landing Assistance with Predictive Visualization

Landing guidance systems help the aircraft pilots properly land. This includes helping guide the plane to the target touch down area and identifying the threshold zone. In some scenarios, the aircraft is not able to touch down in the touch down zone. In addition, for the use of unmanned aircraft or drones, the remote operator or program needs visual for tasks such as landing the aircraft. The aviation industry has a wide range of solutions and technologies for controls and auto pilot mechanisms in airplanes.

When looking at the existing solutions and art, it is evident that a better method of visualization is needed to help the pilot and air traffic controllers view the comparative position of the aircraft in the runway in a proactive manner, and accordingly assist in the landing procedure.

The solution is a method of aircraft landing assistance using comparative position visualization and predictive analytics. The invention provides a method for the pilot or air traffic controller to visualize the current or predicted touch zone of the aircraft in the context of the entire length of the runway. In addition, the pilot or air traffic controller can visualize the predicted stop point of the aircraft on the runway based on various parameters as touch zone, speed, aircraft type, weather conditions, etc.

The core novel contribution is software that provides methods for the pilot and air traffic controllers to visualize:

A. The current touch zone or predicted touch zone of the aircraft in the context of the entire length of the runway. This helps the pilot understand the relative position of the aircraft against the entire runway length.

B. The predicted stop point based on various parameters (e.g., touch down zone, speed, aircraft type, weather conditions, etc.). The predicted stop point and parameters are displayed for the pilot and air traffic controllers as part of actual touch down or preparation for landing.

Based on the predicted touch down point in the runway, during the landing procedure, the software provides the pilot with a visualization of the comparative position of the aircraft against the total length of the runway before touching down to the ground. After touching down on the runway, the software shows the current position of the aircraft with comparative position. The software shows the remaining runway length as well as the predicted stop zone in the runway. The stop zone is based on the pilot's previous experience, the predicted ground touch zone, the speed of aircraft, current weather conditions, etc. The software proactively shows all possible deviations, so that correction can be taken in advance.

Figure 1 illustrates the visual prediction of the touch down zone of an aircraft based on the current flight position. The predicted touch zone, or real time position of the aircraft in the runway, is displayed along with the entire length of the runway. This hel...