Crash avoidance technology applies to all modes of transportation, including airline travel, with the goal of preventing aviation crashes. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been gradually introducing various levels of crash avoidance technology at airports, initially with the goal of reducing air traffic delays. The recent airplane crash involving a sightseeing helicopter and a single engine plane over the Hudson River in New York has brought the technology front and center as a means of avoiding in air collisions.
According to the FAA , a technology called Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) is intended to replace radar currently employed by airports throughout the country. The ADS-B system will allow “pilots and controllers will see radar-like displays with highly accurate traffic data from satellites – displays that update in real time and don’t degrade with distance or terrain.” The system uses GPS information and data contained in an aircraft’s transponder, such as type of aircraft, speed and altitude. Experienced airplane crash lawyers have been calling for the introduction of improved crash avoidance technology to prevent catastrophic plane accidents.
Aviation accidents of all kinds, including mid-air collisions, runway accidents or crashes, often result in catastrophic injuries, including death. There are many factors that contribute to aviation accidents, from poor plane maintenance to faulty parts manufacturing to pilot error. Differing factors involve different parties, and an experienced aviation accident lawyer can help you sort through the information and applicable laws to determine the right party, or parties to hold accountable.
Just as crash avoidance technology in cars and trucks holds promise for avoiding catastrophic accidents, so too, does the ADS-B system. The FAA states that pilots will have better situational awareness when flying, helping them maintain safe distances from other aircraft and thus avoiding mid-air collisions and other aviation accidents.
This technology has the ability to make all forms of transportation safer, from cars and trucks to commercial airlines and single engine planes, by alerting drivers and operators of potential dangers before it is too late. For a free consultation with an experienced Chicago transportation accident lawyer, call Passen & Powell at (312) 527-4500.