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Pilot/Controller Forum / Searidge Technologies Offers a Safety Net for Airports
« Last post by KB4TEZ on October 05, 2022, 05:51:37 AM »

Some folks call me a geek, our kids call me a High Tech Redneck, found this VERY interesting.
would love to hear from any ATC's on their thoughts.  enjoy. (a 3 min. read)

Planes taxiing for long periods due to ground traffic — or circling the airport while awaiting clearance to land — don’t just make travelers impatient. They burn fuel unnecessarily, harming the environment and adding to airlines’ costs.

Searidge Technologies, based in Ottawa, Canada, has created AI-powered software to help the aviation industry avoid such issues, increasing efficiency and enhancing safety for airports.

Its Digital Tower and Apron solutions, powered by NVIDIA GPUs, use vision AI to manage traffic control for airports and alert users of safety concerns in real time. Searidge enables airports to handle 15-30% more aircraft per hour and reduce the number of tarmac incidents.

The company’s tech is used across the world, including at London’s Heathrow Airport, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida and Dubai International Airport, to name a few.

In June, Searidge’s Digital Apron and Tower Management System (DATMS) went operational at Hong Kong International Airport as part of an initial phase of the Airport Authority Hong Kong’s large-scale expansion plan, which will bring machine learning to a new, integrated airport operations center.

In addition, Searidge provides the Civil Aviation Department of Hong Kong’s air-traffic control systems with next-generation safety enhancements using its vision AI software.

The deployment in Hong Kong is the industry’s largest digital platform for tower and apron management — and the first collaboration between an airport and an air-navigation service provider for a single digital platform.

Searidge is a member of NVIDIA Metropolis, a partner program focused on bringing to market a new generation of vision AI applications that make the world’s most important spaces and operations safer and more efficient.
Digital Tools for Airports
The early 2000s saw massive growth and restructuring of airports — and with this came increased use of digital tools in the aviation industry.

Founded in 2006, Searidge has become one of the first to bring machine learning to video processing in the aviation space, according to Pat Urbanek, the company’s vice president of business development for Asia Pacific and the Middle East.

“Video processing software for air-traffic control didn’t exist before,” Urbanek said. “It’s taken a decade to become mainstream — but now, intelligent video and machine learning have been brought into airport operations, enabling new levels of automation in air-traffic control and airside operations to enhance safety and efficiency.”

DATMS’s underlying machine learning platform, called Aimee, enables traffic-lighting automation based on data from radars and 4K-resolution video cameras. Aimee is trained to detect aircraft and vehicles. And DATMS is programmed based on the complex roadway rules that determine how buses and other vehicles should operate on service roads across taxiways.

After analyzing video data, the AI-enabled system activates or deactivates airports’ traffic lights in real time, based on when it’s appropriate for passenger buses and other vehicles to move. The status of each traffic light and additional details can also be visualized on end-user screens in airport traffic control rooms.

“What size is an aircraft? Does it have enough space to turn on the runway? Is it going too fast? All of this information and more is sent out over the Searidge Platform and displayed on screen based on user preference,” said Marco Rueckert, vice president of technology at Searidge.
The same underlying technology is applied to provide enhanced safety alerts for aircraft departure and arrival. In real time, DATMS alerts air traffic controllers of safety-standard breaches — taking into consideration clearances for aircraft to enter a runway, takeoff or land.

Speedups With NVIDIA GPUs
Searidge uses NVIDIA GPUs to optimize inference throughput across its deployments at airports around the globe. To train its AI models, Searidge uses an NVIDIA DGX A100 system.

“The NVIDIA platform allowed us to really bring down the hardware footprint and costs from the customer’s perspective,” Rueckert said. “It provides the scalability factor, so we can easily add more cameras with increasing resolution, which ultimately helps us solve more problems and address more customer needs.”

The company is also exploring the integration of voice data — based on communication between pilots and air-traffic controllers — within its machine learning platform to further enhance airport operations.

Searidge’s Digital Tower and Apron solutions can be customized for the unique challenges that come with varying airport layouts and traffic patterns.

“Of course, having aircraft land on time and letting passengers make their connections increases business and efficiency, but our technology has an environmental impact as well,” Urbanek said. “It can prevent burning of huge amounts of fuel — in the air or at the gate — by providing enhanced efficiency and safety for taxiing, takeoff and landing.”
Aviation Accidents/Incidents / One Killed After Light Plane Crashes into Lyons Peak
« Last post by KB4TEZ on October 05, 2022, 05:41:27 AM »
(thoughts go out to the family, RIP)

Emergency crews responding to a report of a possible plane crash Tuesday in the remote, rugged southern reaches of San Diego County found the widely scattered wreckage of a light aircraft and human remains.

Firefighters discovered the site of the aviation accident shortly after 1:30 p.m. on a rocky cliff face on the eastern side of Lyons Peak in the Lyons Valley area, east of Jamul, according to Cal Fire.

The type of plane that went down was not immediately clear, though a home-built aircraft being flown by a solo pilot was reported missing out of Gillespie Field in El Cajon earlier in the day, said Thomas Shoots, a fire captain with the state agency.

The search began at about 12:45 p.m., after a caller reported seeing a plane apparently crash to the ground off the 17900 block of Lyons Valley Road.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board were called in to investigate the accident, an FAA spokesman said.


from what I could find out about the plane"
Registrant Name   CORNFORD CRAIG H   
Registrant City   SAN DIEGO       Registrant State   CA
Registrant Zip Code   921114205       Country   UNITED STATES
Region   Western-Pacific       Registrant Type   Individual
Fract Owner           Certificate Issue Date   2020-05-15
Status   N-Number Assigned and Registered
Serial Number   M-II-2283       Aircraft Type   Fixed wing single engine
Mode S Code   53034504       Year Mfr   2020
Aircraft Category   Land       Builder Certification   Not Type Certificated
Number Engines   1       Number Seats   2
Aircraft Weight   CLASS 1       Aircraft Cruising Speed   0
Airworthiness Classification   Experimental       Approved Operation Codes   Amateur Built
Engine Manufacturer   LYCOMING   
Engine Model Name   IO-360-A1A       Engine Type   Reciprocating
Engine Horsepower/Thrust   0       Fuel Consumed   0.00
Aviation News (General) / United Airlines halts flights at JFK
« Last post by KB4TEZ on October 04, 2022, 08:50:15 AM »
I had posted this news a while back, now it's official

After weeks of speculation, United Airlines has decided to temporarily suspend its services at New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport. The move comes after the airline said its flight schedule "is too small to remain competitive," especially heading into the winter, CNN reports. Negotiations with the Federal Aviation Administration to get additional slots are ongoing, but United says change won't happen overnight. “We will follow our fair and well-established process to award future slots," the FAA said in response.
The temporary suspension will start October 29th, and United says it will work with those who purchased tickets anytime after then.
So not all of the US ATC sectors are covered by Liveatc. As a result there will be holes in coverage. I usually have a map of all the east coast (downloaded from this site) and would just skip over that sector and tune to the next available sector to hear the flight when it comes up on that expected sector.
Aviation Accidents/Incidents / Helicopter Crashes In Yard Of California Home Injuring 2
« Last post by KB4TEZ on October 04, 2022, 05:55:48 AM »

Video also in the link, wow !
FRESNO, Calif. —
A helicopter spun out of control and crashed in the front yard of a home in central California, hurting a pilot and passenger, authorities said.

The helicopter clipped the edge of the house and sheared off the top of a palm tree before crashing and coming to rest on its side in southeast Fresno around 10 a.m. Saturday, said police Lt. Charlie Chamalbide.Two men aboard, the 47-year-old pilot and a 33-year-old passenger, were hospitalized with minor injuries, Chamalbide said. Nobody on the ground was hurt.

The aircraft was a surveying helicopter on a test run, the lieutenant said. He did not have information about who owned it or who the occupants were working for.

“They heard a pop and then they started losing altitude — that’s as far as we know,” Chamalbide told reporters.
Listener Forum / hurricane aftermath at feed sites
« Last post by Chananya Freedman on October 03, 2022, 03:32:57 PM »
Curious, how much damage was there at liveatc feed sites that were affected by the hurricane that hit Florida last week? what needs complete replacement? from pictures i saw at various airports, there were many aircraft and hangers that were heavily damaged or completely destroyed. can someone post some information?

Issue resolved - intermittent external sound card cable.
Listener Forum / Re: ZID University 120.57
« Last post by JetScan1 on October 03, 2022, 09:05:34 AM »
Ah okay, I was looking at the 29th, but got you now on the 30th. 120.575 is the Dayton sector but does not appear to be covered by LiveATC. However at that time of night Dayton was combined with 124.525 Muncie Low which is covered by LiveATC and the controller side of the conversation can be heard. Strange lights, can you elaborate on what you saw ?
Listener Forum / Re: ZID University 120.57
« Last post by GPilot on October 03, 2022, 03:17:04 AM »
Well the only thing I'm not sure about is that I was with University High.  The rest is not in question for me.

We were talking with Indy Center on 120.57 from about 0740-0830UTC.  I did just notice that I miswrote the date Friday 9/29... But it was actually the Friday the 30th.  I have been searching the right date and time, but not sure what sector controls freq 120.57.  I did have someone tell me it was likely Dayton High? But can't find that anywhere.
Listener Forum / Re: ZID University 120.57
« Last post by JetScan1 on October 02, 2022, 09:00:45 PM »
A few things don’t make sense here. University High Sector is 125.075 not 120.575. Did you mean 125.075 ? Also EJA 764 was not operating at the time 0730Z-0830Z. Did you mean a different time or a different flight number. If it was EJA 764 was it eastbound or westbound, as both legs passed through ZID ?
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