Designing an automatic beacon ejection system for aircraft

Peters, L, Bil, C and Marzocca, P 2017, 'Designing an automatic beacon ejection system for aircraft', in Proceedings of the 17th Australian International Aerospace Congress (AIAC 2017), Melbourne, Australia, 26 - 29 February 2017, pp. 418-424.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title Designing an automatic beacon ejection system for aircraft
Author(s) Peters, L
Bil, C
Marzocca, P
Year 2017
Conference name AIAC 2017
Conference location Melbourne, Australia
Conference dates 26 - 29 February 2017
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 17th Australian International Aerospace Congress (AIAC 2017)
Publisher Engineers Australia
Place of publication Barton, Australia
Start page 418
End page 424
Total pages 7
Abstract This paper investigates the retrofit and design of an automatic beacon ejection system for commercially operated aircraft. The solution ejects a buoyant beacon similar to an EPIRB prior to an aircraft impacting the water so that it falls clear of any debris. For the system to be accepted by aircraft operators, the retrofit must be cost effective, reliable and easy to install and maintain. This paper discusses aspects which are key to the ejection system functioning as intended including certification, the location to install the system, the design of the system, safety aspects of the system and future testing of the system. It is expected that upon completion a system shall be available that shall allow rapid location and tracking of aircraft which have crashed into a maritime environment.
Subjects Maritime Engineering not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Retrofit
Design
Beacon
Ejection
EPIRB
Certification
Tracking
Maritime
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