Enhanced Flight Assistance System (4.31)
This research extends aircraft path planning, data capture and flight assist concepts to optimise flight management and planning for large scale infrastructure aerial surveys.
The outcomes can be applied to both highly automated manned and unmanned aircraft to reduce costs and optimise data capture.
The team has developed aerial survey planning techniques that can optimise both on-survey and off-survey flight paths, which leads to a reduced flight length and better obstacle avoidance.
They have also surveyed with operational pilots to identify how pilots were using the system. The study reinforced the need for upgraded autopilots and found some unexpected ways pilots were utilising the system.
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Energy Utility - Ergon Energy Research & Education - ARCAA (QUT)