New Israeli device enables jet to take over if pilot passes out

Elbit's Canary has been developed in conjunction with the Defense Ministry, and uses sensors made by the Israeli start-up LifeBEAM.

By
June 15, 2015 13:18
1 minute read.

Israeli fighter jet helmet senses if pilot passes out

Israeli fighter jet helmet senses if pilot passes out

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

Elbit Systems announced on Monday a new physiological monitoring device for air force pilots, which enables the jet's on-board computer to switch to autopilot if the human pilot suffers hypoxia (lack of oxygen) or loss of consciousness.

The new system, called Canary, monitors the pilot's vital signs and physiological functions, and issues real-time alerts on the pilot's Helmet Mounted Display, or through the plane mission computer, if it detects the onset of problems.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


In extreme, life threatening cases, when the pilot can no longer control the aircraft, Canary will "facilitate recovery of the pilot and the aircraft by engaging the auto pilot," Elbit said.

Canary has been developed in conjunction with the Defense Ministry, and uses sensors made by the Israeli start-up LifeBEAM, Elbit added.

It "will be integrated into Elbit Systems helmet and HMD systems and does not require any pilot interference or action," the Haifa-based defense company said.

”Pilots may be exposed to life-threatening medical conditions during flight due to low levels of oxygen (known as hypoxia). Modern aircraft may cause G-induced Loss of Consciousness (GLOC) and other physiological conditions (extreme fatigue, dehydration)," said Elbit Systems Aerospace Division's General Manager, Yoram Shmuely.

These form common causes for accidents with no reliable warning or recovery solution available, he added. "We believe that our new system will solve these problems and save pilots' lives," Shmuely stated.

Sources at Elbit added that potential clients have shown interest in the new system, which should complete the development stage in around a year.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Workers strike outside of the Teva building in Jerusalem, December 2017
December 18, 2017
Workers make explosive threats as massive Teva layoff strikes continue

By MAX SCHINDLER