Brian Chapman Joins AST
AST is pleased to announce Brian Chapman, Principle Engineer at ChapAero has joined AST to lead aircraft performance engineering solutions for compliance, development and efficiency related programs. Retired United Airlines Engineer, Brian was responsible development and application of aircraft performance programs for takeoff and landing gross weights, weight and balance, flight planning performance, mission analysis and new airplane evaluations.
After earning a degree in Aerospace Engineering, from California State Polytechnic University, Brian Chapman joined Douglas Aircraft Co, Long Beach, CA, in 1970 and served in various design support roles. Brian found a home in the Aerodynamics Department helping to obtain FAA Certification for new versions of “DC” airplanes. Brian’s airline career saw him being responsible for airplane performance and Weight & Balance at Southern Airways, North Central Airways and Republic Airlines. Joining United in 1984, Brian led the development of an updated, more robust system to compute takeoff and landing gross weights. Prior to retiring from United in 2011, Mr. Chapman served as Chairman of the IATA Standard Computerized Airplane Performance (SCAP) Committee and he helped organize and served as Vice President of the Society of Aircraft Performance and Operations Engineers (SAPOE).
AST Completes FAA Grant Project
Aviation Safety Technologies, LLC is proud to announce completion of a FAA Grant Project, DTFACT-14-C-00004 entitled “Determining Runway Friction Conditions in Real Time Using Data Obtained from Airplanes during Landing Rollout.”
The project was performed by Aviation Safety Technologies, LLC (AST) personnel with tremendous support and guidance from FAA personnel, carrier and airport partners, and other industry experts. AST executed this project through the use of its commercial prototype system, SafeLand utilizing software scripts installed on carrier partner aircraft to collect data during landings. AST processes this data with its proprietary methodologies to generate friction information about the runway on which the landing occurred. The friction information is immediately distributed via multiple paths to provide the National Airspace System with a step-increase in safety awareness and operational efficiency.
AST now has the 6 of the largest US carriers as partners and over 1,000 aircraft, including common Boeing and Airbus models, reporting multiple landings on a daily basis. The SafeLand database currently holds over 2.3 million landings and is projected to generate over 1 million landings in the next 12 months.
The study validated AST’s methodology and the feasibility of obtaining useful runway friction information in real-time from landing aircraft during normal operations and how this information might be distributed to and used by airports and carriers.
AST Receives 16th Patent
AST’s intellectual property continues to grow as the US Patent office approved the company’s 16th patent. The company’s patents cover a wide range of innovations related to measuring runway surface conditions from data provided by landing aircraft, using onboard sensors to calculate braking conditions, and tire and brake wear. The condition reports are communicated through the use of proprietary methods across a wide variety of network connections.
Starting 2016, AST software has been installed on over 1,000 passenger jet aircraft registered to United States airlines. Additionally, during 2016 American Airlines will be loading AST’s script on all A319, A320, and A321 aircraft inherited in the USAir merger. This will represent approximately 267 aircraft, significantly increasing the number of landing friction reports generated when SafeLand-connected aircraft land. AST has recorded well over 2 million landings to date, providing a wealth data for validation and research purposes. De-identification protocols ensure anonymity of each report.
The Company’s newly approved patents to date include the following:
- Patent #8,855,886: Device for calculating and communicating the true aircraft braking coefficient of a runway or taxiway using data from the flight data management systems of landed aircraft
- Patent #8,954,254: Computer network for calculating and distributing the true aircraft braking friction coefficient for an aircraft runway or taxiway using data received from an aircraft’s on board flight data management system
- Patent #9,073,633: computer network for calculating aircraft cornering friction based on data received from an aircraft’s on board flight data management system
- Patent #9,260,183: Computer network for calculating and distributing a true aircraft braking coefficient/normalized aircraft braking coefficient-broadened
AST Anticipates FAA Approval
Aviation Safety Technologies reaches 2mm recorded landings milestone with 1000 airplanes reporting and more planes being added every day. AST’s ground breaking technology is in the final phases of review by The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The review is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2016.
AST Awarded 12th Patent
As of September 20, 2014, AST has been awarded its twelfth patent as the company continues to grow its ground-breaking aircraft connected fleet technology. AST’s SafeLand™ software is the first-ever technology designed to leverage the availability of real time data to monitor and measure aircraft systems–such as speed brakes, spoilers, flaps, and hydraulic and mechanical braking systems–and many physical parameters–such as speed, deceleration, temperature, pressure, and wind– in order to accurately report true aircraft runway surface characteristics, true braking friction, cornering friction, and tire and brake wear. This information has significant value to pilots, airline cargo and flight operations centers, airports, and air traffic control centers.
The Company’s recently approved patents to date include the following:
- Patent #8,538,655: Computer network for calculating aircraft cornering friction from aircraft’s on board flight data management system
- Patent #8,630,782: Method for communicating runway braking performance using data from aircraft’s flight data management system
- Patent #8,682,561: Computer network for calculating aircraft braking friction coefficient from aircraft’s flight data management system
- Patent #8,838,358: Computer network for calculating aircraft cornering friction based on data received from an aircraft’s on board flight data management system
AST Receives Eighth Patent
Aviation Safety Technologies, LLC (“AST”) announced that it received its eighth patent on its ground breaking aircraft connected fleet technology. On April 2, 2013, AST was notified by the USPTO that United States Patent No. 8412434 was issued for the following: “Method and device of calculating aircraft braking friction and other relating landing performance parameters based on the data received from aircraft’s on board flight data management system.”
AST’s SafeLand™ runway reporting technology uses aircraft data, either computed on board the aircraft or via a networked server, as well as environmental data and a tire/surface algorithm, to deliver total available friction values that are independent of airplane type.
The Company’s other patents to date include the following:
- U.S. Patent 7797095: A method of calculating a true aircraft braking coefficient of the aircraft landing surface
- U.S. Patent No. 7957878: Computer Network for calculating and distributing a true coefficient for aircraft braking
- U.S. Patent No. 8050840: Method of calculating the amount of energy absorbed by aircraft brakes and tires
- Patent No. 8121771: Method of calculating true aircraft braking friction coefficient for a landing surface using a landing aircraft
- Patent No. 8244444: A computer network for calculating and distributing aircraft braking coefficient for a landing surface
- Patent No. 8346455: Method for measuring and communicating a normalized runway braking coefficient of friction using landing aircraft
- Patent No. 8355850: Method of calculating aircraft cornering coefficient
AST in The Wall Street Journal – New System Targets Runway Overruns
Now being tested by four carriers, the technology gives pilots objective, current data on conditions
Today the Wall Street Journal published an article on Aviation Safety Technologies and its revolutionary SafeLand safety technology that helps prevent airliners from rolling off slippery runways. It mentions that four U.S. airlines, including American and Delta, are currently testing the concept.
The article reports that AST "has developed a system to provide pilots with more accurate information about conditions on the tarmac, particularly for landings in bad weather. By automatically retrieving and analyzing data already collected by aircraft sensors and onboard flight-control computers, Aviation Safety Technologies LLC seeks to give pilots what they sorely lack: standardized, real-time measurements of local braking conditions right before touchdown.”
The article also quotes Patrick Doyle, the Federal Aviation Administration’s top runway-safety official as saying: “It’s a wonderful technology, and we are pushing this very hard.” He called it superior to current methods, which can cause delays when specially equipped vehicles are sent to determine surface conditions. “You’re taking that runway out of service for a period of time,” Mr. Doyle says, maybe for as long as 20 minutes.
As the article says, “Early testing highlighted promising safety benefits, and the FAA is now planning a broader study to assess whether SafeLand could improve airlines’ on-time performance at busy airports. Mr. Dahl is confident it can.”
AST Receives Third Patent in Aviation Safety Technology
Aviation Safety Technologies LLC (“AST” or the “Company) announced it received its third patent on its revolutionary aircraft braking action reporting system. This technology is incorporated in SafeLandTM, AST’s real-time situational awareness
tool, which contributes to both safety and efficiency for airport operations. The Company’s patents to date include the following:
- U.S. Patent 7797095 issued September 14, 2010 – “A method of calculating a true aircraft braking coefficient of the aircraft landing surface.”
- U.S. Patent No. 7957878 issued June 7, 2011 – “Computer Network for calculating and distributing a true coefficient for aircraft braking.”
- U.S. Patent No. 8050840 to be issued November 1, 2011 – “Method of calculating the amount of energy absorbed by aircraft brakes and tires.”
“We believe these patents are another validation of the value of the safety technology developed by Dr. Zoltan Rado over his long and productive career researching surface friction and related areas of study,” said Mike Dahl, Senior Managing Director. “His collaboration with AST has resulted in turning very complex computational systems into practical and valuable applications.”
AST Announces Advisory Relationship with Conure Aviation Group, LLC and Hank Krakowski
Aviation Safety Technologies, LLC (“AST” or the “Company) announced it has entered into an advisory relationship with Conure Aviation Group, LLC (“Conure”). Conure’s principals include Hank Krakowski, former head of the FAA’s Air Traffic Organization and Jim Johnson, one of the leading aviation weather experts in the country.
Mike Dahl, Senior Managing Director of AST commented: “We are delighted to add Hank and Jim to our advisory team. Both provide deep, unique experience and aviation industry insight as AST takes its technology to market. Conure has already provided us with terrific guidance on how to best develop our braking action reporting system and other computational tools for the industry.”
AST Completes Prototyping Exercise
Aviation Safety Technologies, LLC (“AST” or the “Company) announced the completion of its commercial aircraft prototyping exercise. The exercise started on October 31, 2010 and ended on April 1, 2011. During this period, 7829 landings were recorded from two participating airlines with five different aircraft types.
AST engaged Thomas Yager, retired NASA engineer, and a recognized expert on aircraft braking, to analyze the data. Mr. Yager’s extensive report is available for review. An excerpt from his conclusions:
“The analysis results clearly demonstrate that the SafeLand technology produces friction condition reports for runways that are independent of the different aircraft types and pilot actions. The statistical analysis also reveals a very high repeatability and reproducibility of the measured runway conditions that are capable to follow the trend of runway friction changes. The data shows the ability of the technology to deliver high precision and reliable data in various conditions, including dry, rain wet, and snow contaminated surfaces.”
AST Releases New Version of its SafeLand Braking Action Software Platform
Aviation Safety Technologies, LLC (“AST” or the “Company) announced the latest release of its SafeLand Braking Action Software Platform. SafeLand captures and analyzes onboard data from landing aircraft, delivered through a report script on the aircraft's FDIMU avionics systems, to report runway friction conditions in real time. SafeLand can deliver braking action reports, alerts, and other data to airports, air carriers, and Air Traffic Control from aircraft landing anywhere in the world. The software provides important feedback to air carrier pilots, dispatch, flight operations, ATC, and airport operations about runway condition trends, both locally and across the network. It has the potential to revolutionize runway safety, as well as airport and air carrier operational decision making.