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Rockwell Collins and OADS LandSafe™ system offers helicopter brownout solution


Rockwell Collins and Optical Air Data Systems, LLC (OADS) have teamed to introduce a new solution called LandSafe™ to help helicopters navigate and land safely in degraded visual environments, especially brownout conditions.

The LandSafe solution was developed through an exclusive licensing agreement between the two companies and incorporates commercial-off-the-shelf fiber optic laser technology to “sense through” particulate matter such as dust, snow, rain, smoke or fog while providing altitude, groundspeed and airspeed information to the flight crew. LandSafe is being evaluated by the U.S. Marine Corps for the CH-53E helicopter for possible inclusion in Rockwell Collins’ Common Avionics Architecture System upgrade.

“This system will help bring a whole new level of safety to helicopter crews by addressing one of the greatest hazards they face,” said Phil Jasper, vice president and general manager of Mobility and Rotary Wing Solutions at Rockwell Collins. “We look forward to working with OADS to quickly bring this technology to our military customers.”

“Our Landsafe solution will save lives and expand the operational envelope of rotary wing aircraft,” said Optical Air Data Systems President Phil Rogers. “For the first time, rotary winged aircraft will have the ability to land and take off at unprepared landing sites anywhere in the world, providing operational commanders with a true expeditionary capability.”

“Additionally, this is a great example of transitioning a new technology developed under the Small Business Innovation Research program to production,” said Rogers. “Rockwell Collins has a great reputation for providing high quality state-of-the-art products to the aviation community. OADS is excited about working together to introduce this technology under this licensing relationship to the aviation community.”

Additional future applications of LandSafe technology include laser wind sensing that can profile winds and detect turbulence or obtain measurements for artillery aiming devices.


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