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IDT Welcomes New Trainees

Posted by:IDTadmin | Posted on: February 1st, 2013 | 0 Comments

Since 2011, a number of students from Eindhoven University of Technology, department of Mechanical Engineering, have been visiting the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute to do their traineeship and to gain experience with working in a multi-disciplinary environment. The contacts between the section Control Systems Technology, led by prof. dr. ir. Maarten Steinbuch at Eindhoven and the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute research department, led by insitute director professor dr. Geoff Fernie, have been established by IDT. The supervision of the students is taken care of by IDT and the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. Some projects that have been successfully carried out by the students include the concept design for the new DriverLab by Bastian Eenink, the design of a glare simulator by Arne de Roest, the design of a rain simulator for DriverLab by Bart Peeters and safety considerations and design of a control system for a robotic nurse by Leon van Breugel. Beginning of February, three fresh students will take off to continue the great work relationship between Eindhoven and Toronto. Thijs Craenmehr will work on the improvement of the visual database and simulations in StreetLab. Rein Appeldoorn will work on the identification and definition of the driving scenarios for the new DriverLab. Ramon Wijnands will focus on the concept design of an active fall arrest system, to be used with the WinterLab and StairsLab payloads in CEAL, as well as the FallsLab platform. From left to right: Rein Appeldoorn, Tom Peijs, Ramon Wijnands, Thijs Craenmehr and Mario Potter, project engineer at IDT.              

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Air France Flight 447 Investigation: Pilots Not Properly Trained to Fly the Airbus A330?

Posted by:IDTadmin | Posted on: June 12th, 2012 | 0 Comments

The Airbus A330 has one of the most sophisticated automated piloting systems in the airline industry, but the 2009 crash of Air France Flight 447 has some experts saying that the pilots weren’t adequately trained to handle the plane in an emergency situation, and that the plane’s stall alarm system may have added to the crew’s confusion and contributed to the disaster. “No one was trained for high-altitude stall recovery in the cockpit,” said Bill Voss, president and CEO of the Flight Safety Foundation. “It’s not part of the normal training curriculum…this is something that really has to be reformed globally. This is a really big deal. [...] We are moving towards automated operations where the pilot isn’t even permitted to fly,” Voss said. “That means the first time in your career you will ever feel what an aircraft feels like at 35,000 feet is when it’s handed to you broken [if something goes wrong and the automated system disengages].” According to the black box tapes, First Officer Cedric Bonin, a 32-year-old pilot who had fewer than 5,000 flight hours under his belt, was at the controls but had never been in this situation before at high-altitude. Bonin made the fatal mistake of pulling the plane’s nose up, which caused it to go into a deep stall. “It seems that the pilots did not understand the situation and they were not aware that they had stalled,” said Jean-Paul Troadec, the director of BEA, the French authority conducting the investigation into the Flight 447 crash. At the heart of the heated debate over so-called “automation addiction,” which is when pilots are overly dependent on computers to fly their planes, is the question of whether pilots are actually learning how to properly fly large commercial aircraft. Read the full story on ABC News. For more information on IDT's role in upset prevention and recovery training, please take a look at our ICATEE section.

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New Guidelines Coming for Stall Training

Posted by:admin | Posted on: November 25th, 2011 | 0 Comments

Now the leading cause of airliner hull losses and fatalities, loss of control is driving improvements in training to help pilots recognize and recover from aircraft upsets in flight. Stall is the number-one cause of upsets leading to loss of control. Pilots are well trained, aircraft have protection systems and yet we are still getting upsets. Why? Because loss of control in flight is rare, unpredictable and catastrophic—and pilots are not adequately trained. ICATEE is in the final stages of developing new tools and guidelines for upset prevention and recovery training (UPRT) to address concerns raised by LOC-1 accidents including Colgan Air 3407 and AF447. Read the full article on

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iDAPT Launch and Official Opening of this Groundbreaking Research Lab

Posted by:admin | Posted on: November 22nd, 2011 | 0 Comments

The Toronto Rehabilitation Institute officially opened its $36-million-dollar research centre - iDAPT (Intelligent Design for Adaptation, Participation and Technology) on Wednesday 16 November. Located in the heart of Canada’s ‘Discovery District’ in downtown Toronto, iDAPT is approximately 65,000 square feet of new and renovated space.

IDT has been responsible for the project management and integration of the CEAL simulator, which is the centre-piece of iDAPT. The Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and IDT continue to improve and develop new facilities and simulation payloads in the future.

Please check out some more videos and news articles about this exciting laboratory!

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When Disaster Threatens, Instinct Can Be a Pilot’s Enemy

Posted by:IDTadmin | Posted on: November 20th, 2011 | 0 Comments

The New York Times has posted an interesting article on loss of control in flight and the need for a different approach to train pilots to deal with these situations. In the article, the word is given to several persons who are involved with upset recovery training and in the investigations of recent air incidents that have taken place and which were contributed to loss of control in flight.

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CEAL Simulator Grand Opening 16 November 2011

Posted by:IDTadmin | Posted on: October 31st, 2011 | 0 Comments

After a year of dedicated work and preparations, the Challenging Environment Assessment Laboratory (CEAL) at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute will be officially introduced to the world. The centre piece of the multi-million dollar laboratory for rehabilitaiton research is the CEAL simulator. The CEAL simulator is a one-of-its kind simulator. It uniquely combines motion, visual and aural simulation techniques to create realistic and challenging environments which people with disabilities and balance disorders face every day.

For example, one of CEAL's payloads includes a Winter Chamber where freezing temperatures, real ice and snow can be created. Advanced winter clothing and assistive devices are tested in this environment with the purpose to design suitable and effective solutions which will make it easier and safer for disabled persons to go outside during harsh Canadian winters. Other payloads include a stair testing chamber and a virtual reality dome where persons can walk through a virtual representation of downtown Toronto while challenged by busy intersections and obstacles on the street.

After the opening of CEAL, advanced experiments by researchers from the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, partner universities and other rehabilitation insititutes over the world, will commence. The CEAL simulator and associated facilities are all combined in the new wing of the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and can accomodate a wide range of rehabilitation research and training purposes.

IDT has been responsible for the project management and integration of this unique simulator for the past 8 years. It is truly considered one of our centre-pieces as well. The Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and IDT continue to improve and develop new facilities and simulation payloads in the future.

For more information on the Grand Opening, please visit Toronto Rehabilitation Institute

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FAA proposes major revamp of airline pilot training

Posted by:IDTadmin | Posted on: May 12th, 2011 | 0 Comments

Recent steps towards improving aviation safety have been taken to the highest levels within the FAA. The following link to the CNN news website shows the current position of the FAA on improving airline pilot training. IDT, as a key member of ICATEE, is proud to continue to contribute to the process of defining the training needs, and the potential training solutions.

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ICATEE Working Group visits APS Emergency Maneuver Training

Posted by:IDTadmin | Posted on: March 25th, 2011 | 0 Comments

On 22 March, the International Committee for Aviation Training in Extended Envelopes (ICATEE), announced an industry-wide attendance at its first 2011 research and development conference a the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in Mesa, Arizona this week, being hosted by Arizona’s own APS Emergency Maneuver Training.

ICATEE’s selection of Arizona, allows international representatives from all sectors of the commercial aviation industry a unique collective opportunity to witness first-hand, and evaluate one of the industry’s leading providers of loss of control in-flight solutions, APS Emergency Maneuver Training. The evaluation of APS Emergency Maneuver Training’s progressive efforts in upset prevention and recovery training hallmarks ICATEE’s transition from research, accident analysis and investigation of the LOC-I threat into the assessment of practical flight training applications from a variety of training providers that can be implemented worldwide.

Effectively delivered upset recovery training mitigates the loss of control in-flight (LOC-I) threat to commercial air safety through a harmonized combination of pilot education and practical skill development. LOC-I is defined as flight that occurs outside of the normal flight envelope with an inability of the pilot to control the aircraft. In a report issued by Boeing in July 2010, the Commercial Aviation Safety Team’s statistical research identifies LOC-I as the most severe hull loss causal factor in commercial aviation worldwide over the past 10 years, resulting in the most crash-related fatalities from 2000 through 2009. Together with APS Training, ICATEE Endorses and Airplane Upset Recovery Training Aid.

For the full article, please refer to the APS Blog section. For the article on FlightGlobal, please refer to the Training & Simulation section.


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ICATEE at WATS Conference 2011

Posted by:IDTadmin | Posted on: March 3rd, 2011 | 0 Comments

During the forthcoming WATS conference in Orlando, FL, the progress to date in the ICATEE working group will be presented. Capt. Bryan Burks, the Training Co-Chairman of ICATEE will present with Dr. Sunjoo Advani, ICATEE Chairman, a paper entitled "“Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT): An Assessment of Industry Needs and the Capabilities of ExistingTraining infrastructure.” This presentation will be given on 20 April 2011, to open the second day of the WATS Pilot Training Conference.

Later that day, also at WATS, ICATEE will hold a break-out session where the main issues regarding loss-of-control in flight will be discussed in an open forum. Speakers will provide a short overview of their areas of work, followed by a discussion on the major themes. These themes include:

- An introduction to ICATEE and its deliverables to industry - Upset Prevention and Recovery Training Requirements - UPRT Requirements - Operational Needs - Aircraft-based training: pros and cons - Technology perspective, regarding better use of existing infrastructure, and future enhancements to flight simulators - Training Provider Perspective - Regional Aircraft Training perspective - Regulatory Perspective

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ICATEE Working Group to meet in Mesa Arizona

Posted by:IDTadmin | Posted on: March 3rd, 2011 | 0 Comments

The ICATEE Working Group has scheduled its next meeting in Mesa Arizona on 22 and 23 March. This meeting will be in conjunction with a visit to APS Emergency Maneuver Training, also located in Mesa. APS is a leading provider of upset recovery training and utilizes Extra-300 aerobatic capable aircraft to train pilots the essential skills necessary to become aware of, to avoid, an to recover from upsets. One of the main purposes of the meeting will be to independently and objectively assess the pros and cons of providing training for upset prevention and recovery through the use of smaller, more agile aerobatic-capable aircraft, and how these skills can be effectively transferred to the full flight environment in transport jets.

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“Why Upset Recovery Training Will Make You a Better Pilot”

Posted by:IDTadmin | Posted on: February 27th, 2011 | 0 Comments

Learning the limits of your capabilities and that of the system you are controlling make you not only understand the limitations, but also teach a more efficient operation of that system. Read more about this interesting article at NBAA.

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Motion Successfully tested on CEAL Simulator

Posted by:IDTadmin | Posted on: January 31st, 2011 | 0 Comments

On 28 January, IDT completed the successful testing of the CEAL research simulator motion system. The motion system, built by Bosch-Rexroth, met all the required performance specifications, including smoothness, frequency response and cushioning. The motion envelope was also checked, in order to ensure the system would never come in contact with the walls of the building. During this test, all actuators were (slowly) driven to their extreme lengths. Predictions and practice came together with exact precision: the simulator cleared the access bridge by 10 cm.

The CEAL (Challenging Environment Assessment Laboratory) simulator will be used to place human subjects in inclined, slippery and feature-rich environments, in order to assess their abilities under carefully-monitored conditions, to develop rehabilitation techniques, and to derive rehabilitation processes that improve their lives. IDT has partnered with TRI during the past eight years during the creation of the CEAL facility.

During the coming year, the CEAL system integration and commissioning will continue, including the integration of the StairsLab (for testing persons on inclines), the WinterLab (with real ice, low temperatures, and wind), and the StreetLab (with real traffic, pedestrians and feature-rich visuals in a surround environment).

Stay tuned!

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