British firm scores hit on air misses

A British company has built the first low cost proximity warning system to protect light aircraft from hitting each other. The equipment is being designed and evaluated by Guildford-based Smith System Engineering under contract to the Civil Aviation Authority safety regulation group. The system detects other aircraft’s strobe lights and warns the pilot, who can […]

A British company has built the first low cost proximity warning system to protect light aircraft from hitting each other.

The equipment is being designed and evaluated by Guildford-based Smith System Engineering under contract to the Civil Aviation Authority safety regulation group. The system detects other aircraft’s strobe lights and warns the pilot, who can see the bearing of the other aircraft on a clockface instrument.

Smith’s project leader Martin Robson said `even after only 50 hours of trials it has alerted one pilot to a potentially dangerous situation which occurred during normal operation of the aircraft’.

The project will be completed later this year, when Smith submits its report to the CAA for evaluation. Smith said the system had attracted world-wide interest.