AAAI Publications, Twenty-First IAAI Conference

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An Emergency Landing Planner for Damaged Aircraft
Nicolas F. Meuleau, Christian J. Plaunt, David E. Smith, Tristan B. Smith

Last modified: 2009-04-09

Abstract


Considerable progress has been made over the last 15 years on building adaptive control systems to assist pilots in flying damaged aircraft. Once a pilot has regained control of a damaged aircraft, the next problem is to determine the best site for an emergency landing.  In general, the decision depends on many factors including the actual control envelope of the aircraft, distance to the site, weather en route, characteristics of the approach path, characteristics of the runway or landing site, and emergency facilities at the site.  All of these influence the risk to the aircraft, to the passengers and crew, and to people and property on the ground.  We describe an emergency landing planner that takes these various factors into consideration and proposes possible routes and landing sites to the pilot, ordering them according to estimated risk.   We give an overview of the system architecture and input data, describe our modeling of risk, describe how we search the space of landing sites and routes, and give a preliminary performance assessment for characteristic emergency scenarios using the current research prototype.

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