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Watch: New American development may save pilots’ livesCombat pilots may lose their consciousness during training or combat and as a result, lose control of their aircraft, which often leads to deadly accidents. A new American development seeks to prevent these accidents and save lives - a system that recognizes the loss of aircraft control and diverts it back to its route.
Watch: The systems detects danger and reroutes the aircraft upright
Losing one’s orientation is one of the most dangerous situations pilots can find themselves in. This can happen when a pilot is executing a drastic maneuver that results in a loss of consciousness, which can lead to the aircraft crashing within seconds. This was the accident that befell Asaf Ramon, son of Ilan Ramon, Israel’s first astronaut for NASA, in 2009. Ramon lost his consciousness during a routine training flight and died in the resulting crash.
A new system developed by the American Lockheed Martin aerospace company is destined to resolve this deadly problem. The technology already saved an American F-16 pilot, who lost consciousness and his aircraft quickly dived towards the ground. Fortunately, his aircraft was equipped with the system that detected the impending danger and quickly took control of the aircraft.
This new potentially life-saving system works by diverting an aircraft back to a horizontal flying route and enables the pilot to recover and retake the controls of the aircraft.
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