New aircraft tech designed to make takeoff safer
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Researchers at Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) in Lithuania have developed assisstive software to aid the pilot during takeoff. Takeoff is the point at which most fatal aviation incidents occur. This, the researchers argue, is because although there are many protocols in place designed to ensure a safe takeoff (based on aircraft size and weight, runway length, wind speed and direction), the pilot currently has no way of knowing all these factors in real-time and context. If the protocols haven’t accounted for a sudden shift in conditions, requiring the pilot to make rapid, manual judgement calls, the pilot might not have all the information required to make a truly informed decision. This is especially true for civilian aircrafts, where much more of the takeoff procedure is down to pilot judgement.
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