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DriverLab’s Visual Display Online

Posted by:IDTadmin | Posted on: March 15th, 2016 | 0 Comments

An impressive milestone in the realization of DriverLab at the Toronto Rehabilitation Instute in Canada has been reached last week. With the completion of the calibration and tuning of the projection system, DriverLab's 360-degree visual surround is online and operational. The 12-channel projection system uses Eyevis LED projectors with WUXGA resolution. The tuning and calibration was completed by Domeprojection.

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Man4Gen on YouTube

Posted by:IDTadmin | Posted on: March 4th, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Man4Gen project has uploaded a video to its YouTube channel "Man4Gen". Go have a look or click here. The video explains the issues that Man4Gen has investigated, how these issues have been addressed and tested in different experiments, and what results can be expected from the project. IDT has been a consortium member of the project which started in September 2012. In December 2015, the project results were reported to the European Commission.  

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Listen to your airplane

Posted by:IDTadmin | Posted on: February 22nd, 2016 | 0 Comments

Learn how Upset Prevention and Recovery Training saves lives by improving the ability of pilots to develop an awareness of hazards that can lead to upsets, and to train pilots to prevent or recover from upsets. Dr. Sunjoo Advani reports in CAT Magazine issue 1 2016.

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Air Asia Flight 8501 accident investigation report available

Posted by:IDTadmin | Posted on: December 2nd, 2015 | 0 Comments

Air Asia flight 8501, an Airbus A320-216 aircraft registered as PK-AXC, crashed on 28 December 2014 in the Java Sea while enroute from Juanda Airport, Surabaya, Indonesia to Changi Airport, Singapore, killing all 162 occupants. The accident investigation report by the Indonesian National Transport Safety Commission has been issued and is available for download here.

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IDT and BresoTec develop new method of sleep apnea testing for aviation professionals

Posted by:IDTadmin | Posted on: September 30th, 2015 | 0 Comments

Aviation professionals (pilots, cabin crew, ATC) are exposed to conditions that cause fatigue, including extended sitting, operating across time zones, and working through their regular sleep schedules. These factors combined with irregular sleep locations make it extremely difficult to get adequate rest. Without proper rest, the body develops defensive mechanisms that are intended for normal “awake” activities. We also develop fatigue, which increases over time. Sleep apnea is a condition where the body temporarily stops breathing due to blockage of the throat. The person must awaken and voluntarily begin breathing again. This continuous disruption of sleep leads to fatigue and, if untreated, can lead to more serious ailments. The problem has been to properly (accurately and cost-effectively) diagnose apnea. The current method of testing usually required monitoring sleep patterns at a sleep clinic. Several sensors are attached to the body to determine the person’s sleeping patterns, breathing, and to determine the level of apnea, if it exists.
   
Conventional Polysomnograph Test for Sleep Apnea (left) versus diagnosis using the BresoTecDx Sleep Apnea Measurement Mask (right). In partnership with the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (TRI), IDT has developed an understanding of the impact of fatigue and apnea in aviation professionals. This directly stems from our interest in promoting aviation safety. Through its research, TRI has developed a new method of measuring sleep apnea, utilising a simple, light weight and highly cost-effective mask. It is a multiple-use device that can be issued by a clinician to an individual. Breathing sounds and head orientation are measured by the device, and when the measurements are sent to the lab, an accurate result is sent to the clinician in complete privacy. IDT and its partner BresoTec Inc. are currently exploring ways of communicating this information to the aviation industry, and offering our services in monitoring sleep apnea.The test can be carried out in the comfort of your own bed, and can be repeated to determine changes to sleep patterns. A BresoTec -IDT brochure on countering fatigue in aviation is available for download. Click here. We believe that offering this highly effective and user friendly solution can greatly benefit the quality of life, productivity, and enhance safety of operations.  

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DriverLab assembly progressing well

Posted by:IDTadmin | Posted on: August 29th, 2015 | 0 Comments

As of this week, the DriverLab assembly at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute has started. The integration begins with the assembly of the dome floor. The car mock-up and turntable are installed on top of the floor before the dome walls and roof cap are assembled around it. The inital assembly is expected to be finished by next week. After that the assembly will continue with the installation of the projection system, air conditioning system and electrical installation. Please stay tuned for more updates on this exciting project!            

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DriverLab Update – July 2015

Posted by:IDTadmin | Posted on: July 6th, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Factory Acceptance Test  (FAT) of the DriverLab car mock-up has recently been completed in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Following the FAT, the car mock-up has been shipped to the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute in Canada where the integration with the dome structure will follow in August this year. During the FAT, the functionalities of the car mock-up have been tested. The car mock-up has an original, fully functional interior and is equipped with simulated and stimulated dashboard instruments and a force feedback system in the steering wheel. The entire car mock-up is installed on a turntable which, with the existing 6-DOF motion system at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, allows for realistic motion simulation when turning  corners. As part of the environmental simulation systems, the rain simulator and the headlight (glare) simulator were tested and shipped to Toronto as well. The rain simulator uses real water which is sprayed in a controlled and realistic way onto the windshield, producing a realistic feel of rain to the car occupants. The headlight simulator makes us of high-power LED panels to create a realistic and effective bright light effects to the driver eyes when encountering oncoming traffic during driving in dark conditions. The car mock-up and subsystems were developed and built in cooperation with different companies in the Netherlands and Germany. Cruden B.V. in Amsterdam realized the car mock-up from a real Audi A3, including simulation of the dashboard instruments. The turntable and steering wheel control loading systems were delivered by E2M. The turntable hardware was delivered by the German company Weiss. The rain simulator and glare simulator were built by Berkelaar MRT from Delft. The structural frame for installation of the car mock-up on the turntable was built by VLC Den Haag. Preparations for the integration in Toronto are taking place now. Please stay tuned for more updates on the realization of DriverLab in the next months!  

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Global Status of UPRT Rules

Posted by:IDTadmin | Posted on: July 4th, 2015 | 0 Comments

A wave of Loss of Control In-Flight (LOC-I) accidents over the past decade has spurred a flood of activities to curb this threat to aviation safety. In 2009, the Royal Aeronautical Society’s ICATEE committee defined that, in order to develop airplane Upset Prevention and Recovery Training, pilots would need skills of awareness, recognition, avoidance and recovery. ICATEE’s task analysis determined that 56 percent of the training footprint could be covered by knowledge and with better use of today’s Level D / Type 7 simulators, without modification. With enhancements to these devices (instructor station feedback, better matching of stall-related buffet and validated post-stall aero modelling), nearly 85% of the training requirements could be achieved. This would cover the recovery portion as well. While unusual attitude training helps hone some useful recovery skills, it incompletely addresses a key contributing factor uncovered in actual incidents and accidents: the startle factor.. ICATEE created the core content of the ICAO 100011 “Manual of Aeroplane Upset Prevention and Recovery Training”. The FAA and ICAO created the LOCART working group to finalize this document, referenced in ICAO Annex 1, Annex 6, and PANS-TRG. The FAA has issued Part 121-423, AC 120-109, AC 120-109A (draft) and AC 120-111 to deal with the requirements for UPRT, including post-stall training in simulators. These followed the Congressional mandate and Public Law 111-216, signed by President Obama in 2010. EASA issued in May 2015 additional acceptable means of compliance (AMC) and guidance material (GM) for UPRT during operator conversion and recurrent training programs in ORO.FC.220 and ORO.FC.230 respectively of the EU Air Operations Regulations. Operators in Europe must comply with this UPRT by May 2016 as required by the corresponding ED Decision 2015/012/R. For the licensing level and instructor qualification requirements, additional draft EASA materials are to be published for public consultation in summer 2015, including the use of aircraft to train pilots at CPL/MPL levels, and for instructor training. EASA is currently considering whether to include full-stall training in its requirements and it is monitoring the global developments in this area. it would make sense to adopt globally-harmonized methods. Going back to basics, ICATEE learned that it is in fact the un-learning of negative traits, like fighting the controls in the presence of potentially confusing aircraft response near the stall, that requires the greatest attention. In any case, the global effort to implement these best practices continues as ICAO, IATA and leaders in this field continue to educate the industry. In the end, the quality of instructional skills transfer and assurance of safety in both operations and during training are what matter. Accentuate the positive. Eliminate the negative. Dr. Sunjoo Advani, president IDT b.v.

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IDT featured at ICAO African Region Conference on UPRT

Posted by:IDTadmin | Posted on: July 1st, 2015 | 0 Comments

On 22 to 24 June 2015, the Eastern and Southern African (ESAF) Regional Office of ICAO held a conference on Upset Prevention and Recovery Training. Nearly 100 delegates from African national Civil Aviation Authorities, airlines and training centres participated. ICAO’s head office, APS Training, the NTSB, South African Airways, IFALPA and Kenya Airways also gave informative presentations. With its background in defining UPRT program requirements, IDT was invited to deliver several presentations. These included a global overview of the LOC-I (given together with Clarke McNeace of APS Training), UPRT implementation in flight simulators, a review of LOC-I accidents and their causal factors, and crew fatigue risk management. At the end of the conference, IDT delivered an overview and suggested the steps within a long-term plan for the African nations. South African Airways’ UPRT project leader Brad Bennetts gave an overview of their UPRT program. He mentioned that IDT provided support in establishing the program requirements and suggesting to the airline to seek financial support from its insurance underwriter. Furthermore, IDT delivered its UPRT Instructor Station Tool Kit in the SAA A340 simulator, a facility that is used daily for the training program. IDT and APS delivered the iPad Application on UPRT to the SAA pilot fleet of nearly 800 pilots. APS provided an integrated training program for ten SAA instructors through its operations in the Netherlands.

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Learning to do the right thing, even when it is counterintuitive

Posted by:IDTadmin | Posted on: June 19th, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Wall Street Journal published an article entitled “Airlines Put Pilots in a Real Spin in New Training Initiative”, featuring the work being led by IDT and its partners. Author Andy Pastor reports several airlines including Delta and South African Airways, worried about the erosion of manual skills, have adopted Upset Prevention & Recovery Training to deal with the threat of Loss of Control In Flight (LOC-I). He quotes IDT president Sunjoo Advani as stating that "Pilots must learn to do the right thing, even when it is counterintuitive”, referring to the challenge of teaching pilots to reduce the angle of attack when the airplane is in a stalled condition. The angle of attack is invariably unrelated to the airplane attitude. Too high an angle-of-attack will cause a stall to occur. An airplane can even be in a stall while also nose down towards the ground. Even then, a pilot must first “push” the nose further downwards, before anything else. Learning this is essential in order to prevent loss of control. The article further delineates the “Train-the-Trainer” concept being applied at airlines, to fully develop the skills in a small, elite team of their pilots, who then pass on this knowledge to the pilots in that fleet. For example, South African Airways has 770 pilots of which 12 have been fully “UPRT Trained” using light aerobatic-capable aircraft and flight simulators. Wall Street Journal subscribers will be able to see the entire article through this link. The full article will be released to the public in about a month time. Stay tuned - and remember to “push”.

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Driving Simulator Dome Completed

Posted by:IDTadmin | Posted on: December 2nd, 2014 | 0 Comments

December 2 2014, Sarasota, FL,USA - IDT and TRI-UHN have completed the Factory Acceptance Test of a new projection dome for a driving research simulator  (DriverLab). The driving simulator will be realised at the Toronto Rehabiliation Institute in Canada. The dome acceptance test took place in Sarasota, FL, USA. The dome has been designed by Pagnotta Engineering Inc. at Philadelpia, PA, and built by JRL Ventures Inc. at Sarasota, FL.

The dome is expected to be shipped to Toronto early next year for integration with the other driving simulation systems. IDT is the project manager and systems integrator of DriverLab, which is realized by suppliers from Canada, USA and The Netherlands.

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ICATEE honoured by the RAeS

Posted by:IDTadmin | Posted on: November 20th, 2014 | 0 Comments

The International Committee for Aviation Training in Extended Envelopes (ICATEE) was awarded a Specialist Team Bronze Award for the Committee’s exhaustive work in addressing the challenge of reducing the number of loss of control in flight accidents and in developing a strategy for the definition of structured, standardised and validated Upset Prevention and Recovery Training. On Wednesday 5 November 2014, Co-chairman Dr Sunjoo Advani FRAeS of IDT received the award on behalf of the ICATEE team. To learn what other aerospace specialistis were honoured, please visit the Royal Aeronautical Society website. Dr Sunjoo Advani received the award from Dr Mike Steeden FRAeS, RAeS Past President and chair of the Medals & Awards Committee at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London, UK.

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