FlightSight is a passive, low-power, low-cost See and Avoid Technology that meets and exceeds the requirements of FAR 91.113.  FlightSight surveys the surrounding airspace and alerts the pilot or autopilot to intruding air vehicles, providing the appropriate avoidance maneuver if necessary.

FlightSight Technology Overview

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The FlightSight Advantage

Detect, Track, and Model

FlightSight integrates a high-quality camera suite with Pathfinder System’s proprietary object recognition software, featuring Deep Neural Nets, to view the surrounding airspace and detect any intruding air vehicles. 

Using a combination of stereo and monocular vision, and accounting for mid-flight flexion of the aircraft, FlightSight accurately measures intruder distances and velocities, building a model that tracks and predicts the flightpaths of intruders.  

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Predict and Avoid

Using the generated models, FlightSight predicts imminent collisions and calculates the correct Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance (TCAS) maneuver to improve overall airspace safety.  

 

For piloted aircraft, FlightSight will alert the pilot to the appropriate TCAS maneuver.  For autonomous aircraft, with FlightSight integrated into the autopilot system, the correct TCAS maneuver will be automatically executed.  

The FlightSight user interface provides pilots with information on their aircraft's True Heading, Pitch, Roll, Altitude, and Airspeed.  When collisions are not eminent, FlightSight will report distances and estimated velocities of intruding air vehicles within a 4,000ft radius of the plane.

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Predict and Avoid

Using the generated models, FlightSight predicts imminent collisions and calculates the correct Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance (TCAS) maneuver to improve overall airspace safety.  

 

For piloted aircraft, FlightSight will alert the pilot to the appropriate TCAS maneuver.  For autonomous aircraft, with FlightSight integrated into the autopilot system, the correct TCAS maneuver will be automatically executed.  

The FlightSight user interface provides pilots with information on their aircraft's True Heading, Pitch, Roll, Altitude, and Airspeed.  When collisions are not eminent, FlightSight will report distances and estimated velocities of intruding air vehicles within a 4,000ft radius of the plane.

See What Radar and ADS-B Systems Cannot

Non-cooperating intruders present the greatest threat to other aircraft.  Despite new ADS-B mandates, nearly half of aircraft can legally fly without communications devices.  Coupled with the influx of Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) into national and global airspaces, flight conditions have become increasingly complex and unpredictable.

FlightSight expands safety in uncontrolled airspaces, where non-cooperating intruders are most prevalent.  Passive sensing with cameras ensures detection of intruders that might be missed by Radar, LIDAR, or other detection technologies.

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FlightSight Wing Unit

Install FlightSight on any aircraft 

FlightSight meets many size, weight, and power requirements:

  • Wing tip footprint: 200 sq. in.

  • Total weight: 10 pounds

    • Includes both wing mounted camera units and central processing system

  • Wingtip and Center processing units are powered with ~40W 

FlightSight is cheaper than comparable active sensing units, as our camera and software suites use high-quality, mass produced cameras and GPUs to improve both the reliability and affordability of the technology.

FAR 91.113b

FlightSight meets and exceeds the regulations laid out by Federal Aviation Regulation 91.113.  FAR 91.113(b) stipulates the See and Avoid mandates:

“When weather conditions permit, regardless of whether an operation is conducted under instrument flight rules or visual flight rules, vigilance shall be maintained by each person operating an aircraft so as to see and avoid other aircraft. When a rule of this section gives another aircraft the right-of-way, the pilot shall give way to that aircraft and may not pass over, under, or ahead of it unless well clear.”

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