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Enhanced Situational Awareness Through Incorporation of Augmented Reality Systems for General Aviation

College
College of Engineering (COE)
Researchers
McCrink, Matthew
Gregory, James "Jim"
Licensing Manager
Zinn, Ryan
614-292-5212
zinn.7@osu.edu

T2017-151 A low-cost application for flight information using heads-up-display with augmented reality systems.

The Need

Loss-of-control (LOC) incidents continue to be the number one contributor to fatal general aviation (GA) accidents. Many technologies exist to aid the GA pilot in identifying and preventing LOC. However, the majority require costly modification and recertification of the aircraft. The availability of low-cost augmented reality devices provides an opportunity to develop a system using the lessons learned from the military in a cost-effective package designed for wide adoption by the GA fleet.

The Technology

Researchers at Ohio State's Aerospace Research Center has developed a system utilizing augmented reality for a system to aid pilots in identifying and preventing loss of control incidents. It builds on inertial navigation systems designed for unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and adds the ability to function in a dynamic, moving reference frame. This ability would allow for the presentation of stabilized images and information to the pilot, dramatically improving situational awareness. The technology proposed can be made platform agnostic, to allow for rapid integration into numerous existing avionics systems.

Commercial Applications

  • Aviation

Benefits/Advantages

  • Functions in a dynamic, moving reference frame
  • Presentation of stabilized images and information to the pilot, dramatically improving situational awareness.
  • Rapid integration into numerous existing avionics systems
  • Less expensive than military augmented reality systems