Boeing and Nasa have teamed up to make flying safer for all future generations. Between 2001 and 2010 there were seventeen deadly crashes that came as a direct result of pilots no longer being able to see their surroundings and having to navigate their aircrafts with just the instruments on their dashboards. The Space Act was created between NASA and Boeing to help combat this issue in the future.
The two companies are combining forces to create a flight training course that keeps safety as the top priority. With Boeings 787 simulators and NASA’s artificial vision expertise, the two have merged their talents into a simulation experience that can bring a sense of safety to future young pilots.
As the years go on, pilots are getting younger and younger and entering the field with less practice in the field. Having a simulation, like the one that NASA and Boeing are working on, allows those young pilots to feel comfortable once they’ve entered the sky. A few pilots are set to test out the new rig to see how to handle scary situations when they do arise. Some test flights have been occurring in Miami and by some pilots from Colombia’s Avianca Airlines.
By placing a handful of pilots out to test all the new equipment early, Boeing and NASA, are able to gather hands on information from pilots, which allows the companies to know what features are working and should be programed into feature aircrafts, and which features just aren’t making the cut. A few of the features that NASA is looking to flush out are how big the displays should be, what colors work best and optimal grid orientations work.
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