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Class A Terrain Awareness Warning System (TAWS) for Offshore Helicopter Ops

Controlled flight into terrain is a major cause of accidents in helicopter operations which Terrain Awareness Warning Systems (TAWS) could help to address. However, existing helicopter TAWS are not considered to be optimised for the offshore operations undertaken by the majority of the UK’s medium/large helicopter fleet, and would have offered little or no protection in the case of the accident scenarios that have been experienced in that environment. The objective of the research work conducted by FlightDataPeople was therefore to seek to identify improvements to helicopter TAWS to improve warning times offshore without incurring an undue number of nuisance alerts.

A downloadable pdf containing the results from our research is below.

FDP/CAA Research Paper
FDP/CAA Research Paper