New cameras put air base crashes in high resolution

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Unread post25 Nov 2019, 22:04

FINALLY (ha I get to use it big time) PLAT Cameras come to USAF (why not have a GoPro embedded on centreline?).
New cameras put air base crashes in high resolution [ PLAT Pilot Landing Aid Television now ILARTS]
22 Nov 2019 Kelsey D. Atherton [ILARTS = Integrated Landing and Recovery Television System]

"A plurality of fatal plane crashes occur right where people expect them to: at takeoff or landing. The knowledge of where a crash is likely to happen can be used to find flaws and risks, as well as make aircraft safer in the future. On Nov. 15, Motorola Solutions announced the installation of special security cameras at Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue, Nebraska, the home of U.S. Strategic Command. The goal is for information provided by the cameras to provide crash data, beyond the black box.

The system uses Avigilon H4 Pro cameras, which can provide an image quality of up to 30 megapixels. To ensure that the high resolution doesn’t overload base bandwidth or memory capacity, the system sends a low-resolution stream to the viewing workstation until the person operating it zooms in. Once zoomed in, the person can see the area in full resolution.

Of particular note, too, is that the camera is designed to work in low-light conditions, allowing it to record better detail and information on fires and hard landings at all hours.... ...“Details such as flap position, landing gear being retracted or extended are all easily discerned several miles away from the runway,” Kedzierski said.

Information captured by the cameras can also be used for training pilots on everything from hazards during taxiing, long landings, hard landings, or landings and takeoffs at unusual angles, allowing pilots to learn from the mistakes and errors of others… [other 'future' uses explained]

Source: https://www.defensenews.com/c4isr/2019/ ... esolution/
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Unread post26 Nov 2019, 04:31

We used to have little air conditioned glass buildings at each end of the runway(s) with antennae and radios, and binoculars and flares and adult magazines....and real people (qualified pilots) in them during entire periods of flight ops. It was the RSU, i.e. Runway Supervisory Unit, separate entity from the ATC control tower. The idea was to prevent crashes....not necessarily just document them.

As money became less plentiful, the same truck driven for transportation to the little glass building daily which was already outfitted with antennae and radios, etc. was driven out to the runway for takeoffs and landings only....eliminating the requirement for the little glass houses....and providing time in between for the RSU duty pilots to accomplish their important 'additional duties' back at squadron ops.

(BTW both the glass house and truck were also good places to take a date, particularly for night flying (low-light conditions). So at times folks actually volunteered for the duty. :D )

Technology marches on....ouch my roomba just hit my foot. :mrgreen:
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Unread post26 Nov 2019, 10:30

Yes - what happened to those 'glass houses'. USN has portable LSO shacks or just plain 'outdoors' in dem olden daze. First solo in our prop Winjeel (RAAF) was supervised by the instructor near the threshold either in another Winjeel or somesuch glass windowed shack on wheels (although I never saw any of them - too concentrated on the runway and landing etc.).

Still and all a video record is useful for the playback/zoom/slowdown/pause innit. Not quite the same as an LSOs cryptics.
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