Lithuanian scientists create tech to prevent air accidents.

March 1, 2024
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Researchers from Kaunas University of Technology in Lithuania have developed a method and device to calculate a safe distance for take-off, reducing the probability of aircraft accidents. This invention, which has been granted a US patent, is particularly beneficial for small planes and recreational aircraft.

In a recent study, it was found that the majority of fatal air accidents involve general aviation aircraft, with smaller planes being especially susceptible to adverse weather conditions during take-off. The innovative device created by KTU scientists eliminates the subjective element of the pilot’s judgment by providing objective calculations and warnings in the first 10 seconds of take-off. This allows pilots to make informed decisions and potentially prevent accidents.

The portable and autonomous device utilizes aircraft accelerometers and requires input of key parameters such as wind speed and direction, runway length, and take-off speed. It calculates the remaining runway distance and signals to the pilot if it is not safe to take off. This technology is not only transferable to various aircraft but also does not require complicated installation or external sensors, making it an accessible solution for improving aircraft safety.

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