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FedEx will use smart glasses to help pilots land in emergencies

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Smoke is understandably a serious danger for aircraft, and not just in life-threatening situations -- the FAA notes that there's typically one smoke-related landing per day. But how does the pilot land with a smoke-filled cockpit where they might not even see the instrument cluster, let alone the outside world? FedEx and the Osterhout Design Group have an idea. They're showing off SAVED (Smoke Assured Vision Enhanced Display -- yes, it's a forced acronym), a hybrid smart glasses and oxygen mask… (www.engadget.com) More...

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jlenihan
John Lenihan 6
Some good points by some of the replies. After39 years as a professional firefighter (now retired), we have been dealing with low-vis high risk conditions forever. The latest artificial vision is shown here. https://vimeo.com/258559020

I would hope that this device provides air to the pilot, at appropriate O2% and not high O2 that would feed the fire. Exhaled air would best be exhausted somewhere other than the fire environment. Vision should provide instrument output to HUD with transition to forward cameras for flare and/or rollout. With an airway/vision protective device like this, Halon or CO2 could be discharged interior to control fire without suffocating the flight crew.
lowwhistler
Wayne Smith 2
One smoke related landing a day - wow!
Highflyer1950
Highflyer1950 0
Not to be a buzz kill, so now the pilot can see exactly 2” in front of the eyes and then possibly nothing beyond depending on the severity of the smoke. I would have preferred a high volume, high flow ventilation system either manually or automatically activated with associated warnings.
TorstenHoff
Torsten Hoff 2
I don't think you even looked at the article or you would have known that this doesn't just keep smoke out of the pilot's eyes.

To quote the article, the device "provides data from the aircraft's HUD and external cameras to help with emergency landings" -- the pilots will have access to critical flight data and probably a synthetic vision display.
TorstenHoff
Torsten Hoff 2
Hopefully it will have a IR camera or something like that as well so that the wearer can see switches and levers within the cockpit.
mkeflyer
mkeflyer 2
HUD + Smoke Mask = See-Through. If the plane is filled with smoke you're not seeing anything past your nose anyhow so why not be able to hand fly an ILS to safety. The manual high flow ventilation idea you speak of has been in pressurized airplanes the whole time...the cabin pressure dump valve. You don't want ventilation to introduce oxygen to a fire, you just want to land and run away.
clausingnj
clausingnj 1
Have you ever seen a HUD on transport aircraft?
duckboy81
duckboy81 1
C130J
Highflyer1950
Highflyer1950 1
Sure, let’s dump the cabin at FL360!
TorstenHoff
Torsten Hoff 1
Not a problem for FedEx.
clausingnj
clausingnj 0
My apologies, I think I misread your comment
sparkie624
sparkie624 0
Very nice... I hope the system is never required, but it is sure great to have it when all else fails... I bet the deceased crew of UPS Flt 6 in Europe with the lithium batteries that caught fire wished they had them... I can see where this could become an FAA Required item on all airlines.

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