BAE Systems has patented a method for coordinating visible, audio, and tactile information outputs to pilots for flight control. By unifying aircraft state estimation and flight phase, the system ensures consistent indications across different interfaces, reducing pilot workload. This innovation enhances safety and efficiency in aviation operations. GlobalData’s report on BAE Systems gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on BAE Systems, AR/VR head-up displays was a key innovation area identified from patents. BAE Systems's grant share as of February 2024 was 62%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Unified crew interfaces for visible, audio, tactile flight control information

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: BAE Systems Plc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11927460B2) discloses a method for controlling various crew interfaces in an aircraft to provide visible, audio, and tactile information to the pilot for flight control. The method involves receiving flight status information from multiple sensors, determining a unified estimation of the aircraft state and flight phase, and generating coordinated presentations for different crew interfaces. These presentations are synchronized to provide consistent indications of the aircraft state based on the flight phase, accounting for sensor inconsistencies. The method covers various flight phases such as take-off, cruise, approach, touch down, braking, and taxi, with specific guidance and warnings generated for each phase to assist the pilot in controlling the aircraft effectively.

The patent also includes a controller and a crew interface system designed to implement the method described. The controller receives flight status information, determines the aircraft state and flight phase, and generates coordinated presentations for the crew interfaces. These interfaces include visual displays, audio outputs, and tactile feedback such as throttle, rudder pedal, and stick inputs. The system ensures that the information provided to the pilot is consistent and relevant to the current phase of flight, enhancing situational awareness and aiding in decision-making during different stages of the flight. Overall, the patented technology aims to improve the effectiveness of crew interfaces in aircraft by providing synchronized and consistent information to the pilot through various sensory channels.

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