The 62nd CASI Aeronautics Conference and AGM 3rd GARDN Conference, 2015, Montreal Canada
airborne experiment; sensor system; Fixed-Wing; Search and Rescue aircraft
A large scale airborne experiment was performed in order to evaluate the visual detection performance of operators while using an advanced sensor system for Search and Rescue tasks. Such an evaluation is timely due to the Government of Canada’s intent to replace its aging Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue aircraft with a more advanced, sensor-equipped fleet. The experiment involved 22 hours of night time flight trials using an infrared sensor system performing a search pattern over an idealized trial range. Ninety search objects resembling downed, fixed wing, general aviation aircraft were placed within a 21 km by 13 km grassland area to compose the trial range. The rate of detection was found to be 81.8% based on 978 total detection opportunities, across two sensor operators.
The 62nd CASI Aeronautics Conference and AGM 3rd GARDN Conference [Proceedings].