Apparently, every time a pilot does a ‘rough landing’ he/she is required to report the incident so an inspection can be done to fix any damages to the aircraft (example: see video above). Unfortunately, many pilots wrongly assess the roughness of their landing as 90% of the reports yield an inspection with no damage found — causing a very expensive waste of time. Boeing, the aerospace and defense company, wants to save airline companies some cash by developing a hard-landing detector (see patent) which consists of sensors that can be mounted on existing aircraft able to monitor “flight parameters such as pitch and roll rates and angles, the centre of gravity, vertical speed, vertical acceleration and airspeed of an aircraft during a landing.”
Boeing’s system requires a prior database of information containing data from several landings. To do so, the company plans on installing the hard-landing detector on select planes and collecting the data of several sample landings. Once enough data has been collected, a computer software can be developed to run an algorithm to analyze the sensors’ output and compare it with the pre-built “knowledge base” triggering an inspection when necessary.
Now, if Boeing can create an autopilot system that utilizes the hard-landing detector to guarantee safe landings, maybe I’d be willing to fly more.
Via: New Scientist Tech