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FlightHorizon UAS™

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FlightHorizon UAS™ is an avionics software package that provides traffic and situational awareness, detect-and-avoid, synthetic cockpit views and other flight information for unmanned aircraft using a variety of sensors, including ADS-B In.

FlightHorizon UAS™ is designed to meet the upcoming RTCA SC-228 Phase II Minimum Operating Standards (MOPS), slated for publication in September 2016 as part of the FAA’s authorization to allow drones to fly beyond line of sight. It is also intended to help unmanned operators obtain a beyond visual line-of-sight waiver under Section 107.200 of the new sUAS Part 107 rules. The product is based on an exclusively licensed patent and software suite developed and tested by NASA at Armstrong Flight Research Center with FAA observation.

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FEATURES

Drone Detect_4 Traffic awareness and visualization for beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS)
Drone Detect and Avoid_1 Real-time detect-and-avoid with traffic alerts and specific avoidance commands
Drone_Line of Sight_Eye_1 2D and 3D synthetic cockpit views
Drone_Global_1 High resolution aerial photography and interactive geo-browser
Communication_1 Real-time traffic data from on-board transponder and/or ground transponder and FAA feed
multi-platform Multi-platform; Runs on tablet or laptop and on Windows, Mac or Linux OS
Drone_2 Integrates with multiple transponder models via serial, USB or wifi
Drone Detect_1 Proprietary, patent-pending avoidance algorithms and well-tested user interface design
Weather Cloud_1 Real-time weather radar overlay
Drone Detect and Avoid_4 Navigational and approach charts overlay
Drone_Warning_2 Air-traffic control zones and temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) overlay
Drone_Tracking_Info_System_Computer_3 Detailed flight and traffic logging and replay
checkmark Compliant with FAA part 107 with 107.200 waiver and with anticipated RTCA SC-228 MOPS Phase II

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FlightHorizon Display & Alerts

Traffic Awareness & Visualization

Own-ship

Displayed in the center of the map with two concentric circles or “range rings.”

  • Range Rings - a yellow ring with a radius of 5 nautical miles and a red ring with a radius of 3 nautical miles.

Other Aircraft

All other aircraft are displayed in light blue with text noting their callsign, flight level (FL), and current ground speed (GS) (in knots).

  • Other Aircraft Indicators/Icons – icon (actual image displayed) and description provided indicate whether the aircraft:
    • Is airborne (indicated with FL) or grounded
    • Is transmitting ADS-B
    • Is detected by RADAR (not transmitting ADS-B)
    • Has valid/invalid directional (heading) information
  • Other Target Indicators/Icons – icons depicting non-airborne targets such as:
    • Emergency ground vehicle transmitting ADS-B
    • Obstacles – point, cluster, or line obstacles detected by the software

Other Aircraft Information

User can display more information about each aircraft in view by selecting (clicking) the aircraft. Available information may included:

  • Callsign
  • Type (No. Info)
  • Speed (knots)
  • Bearing
  • Range
  • Altitude
  • Emergency Info

Directional (Heading) Line

The ground tracking heading of the aircraft is shown with a blue line originating from the back and front of each aircraft in view (shown for own-ship and all other aircraft in view); the heading line includes three dots in front of the aircraft indicating the trajectory predicted out to 30, 60, and 90 seconds.

Traffic Alerts, Threats, & Warnings

FlightHorizon airborne threat levels:

 

 

Traffic Alert

When another aircraft enters within 5 nautical miles of ownship, FlightHorizon alerts the operator with both an audible notification (“Traffic Traffic”) and visual cues.

Visual Traffic Alert cues include:

  • Yellow “Traffic Alert” Message at the top of the display
  • Yellow aircraft icon
  • Yellow text displaying the other aircraft bearing, distance from ownship, and altitude
  • Yellow vector line drawn from the other aircraft to ownship

Traffic Threat

When another aircraft enters within 3 nautical miles of ownship, FlightHorizon alerts the operator with both an audible notification (“Traffic Traffic”) and visual cues.

Visual Traffic Threat cues include:

  • Red “Traffic Threat” Message at the top of the display
  • Red aircraft icon
  • Red text displaying the other aircraft bearing, distance from ownship, and altitude
  • Red vector line drawn from ownship to the other aircraft

 

*Note: Settings for traffic alerts and warnings can be changed in the FlightHorizon options. 

Resolution Advisory

When FlightHorizon detects a conflict with another aircraft, the software displays a green line that indicates the best avoidance maneuver; avoidance maneuvers may include directions to turn left or right, climb or descend, speed up or slow down. Includes vocal maneuver instructions to operator to de-conflict the aircrafts and then, if a flight plan was previously loaded, return to the original flight path.

 

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