Adapting Nautical Technology for Aircraft Emergency Location Tracking in a Maritime Environment

Bil, C, Peters, L and Marzocca, P 2016, 'Adapting Nautical Technology for Aircraft Emergency Location Tracking in a Maritime Environment' in Milton Borsato, Nel Wognum, Margherita Peruzzini, Josip Stjepandi, Wim J.C. Verhagen (ed.) Transdisciplinary Engineering: Crossing Boundaries, IOS Press, Netherlands, pp. 493-502.


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Title Adapting Nautical Technology for Aircraft Emergency Location Tracking in a Maritime Environment
Author(s) Bil, C
Peters, L
Marzocca, P
Year 2016
Title of book Transdisciplinary Engineering: Crossing Boundaries
Publisher IOS Press
Place of publication Netherlands
Editor(s) Milton Borsato, Nel Wognum, Margherita Peruzzini, Josip Stjepandi, Wim J.C. Verhagen
Start page 493
End page 502
Subjects Aerospace Engineering not elsewhere classified
Summary This paper discusses an investigation into retrofitting a standard nautical Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) on aicraft. The proposed solution will eject the EPIRB automatically away from the aircraft prior to water impact to ensure that it falls clear of any debris. For this system to be accepted by aircraft operators the retrofit needs to be cost effective and reliable with additionaly consideration being required for maintenance and installation. The selected location cannot interfere with the existing aircraft structural integrity and performance so as to avoid costly certification. The EPIRB ejecrion system will need to activate automatically under pre-determined conditions so as to allow succesful deployment of the EPIRB even if the aircraft breaks apart during descent. Once the beacon is in water the EPIRB will begin to transit GPS coordinates so its position is able to be tracked as it drifts on ocean currents.
Copyright notice © 2016 the authors and IOS Press
Keyword(s) Automatic beacon
maritime engineering
aviation safety
DOI - identifier 10.3233/978-1-61499-703-0-493
ISBN 9781614997023
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