Flight automation system enables anyone to fly

March 18, 2020 //By Rich Pell
Flight automation system enables anyone to fly
Transportation technology company Skyryse has introduced a new flight automation system that its says can retrofit on to any aircraft to enable anyone to fly as safely as the best pilots on their best day using intuitive controls.

The aircraft-agnostic FlightOS automation flight operating system, says the company, introduces a new paradigm in flight safety and capabilities through simplified flight control operations - so simple a pilot can control the aircraft using an on-board touchscreen tablet or joystick. The system leverages the company's Flight Stack full flight automation technology so pilots no longer need to worry about complex flight controls or structural and airframe operating limits.

The result, says the company, is that more people will be able to fly safely in more situations, alleviating a choke point for the many critical organizations that depend on the multi-billion dollar aircraft industry.

"Our goal at Skyryse is to bring aircraft safety and capabilities into the 21st century with advanced technologies that empower every pilot to fly as safely as the most experienced pilots in the world," says Mark Groden, CEO and founder of Skyryse. "We want every pilot to learn to fly any aircraft - rotorcraft or fixed wing - and make it as easy as learning to drive. Our system allows the pilot to focus on where they want to go and what they want to do, while our on-board systems handle the aircraft for them. We want to see more men and women in the cockpit, with more capability, and flying safer than ever before."

For decades, says the company, there has been little technological advancement in general aviation, which hits industries like emergency medical response, search and rescue, firefighting and military air support especially hard because they rely on aircraft for high-stakes, time-sensitive missions. Traditionally, military med-evac and firefighting pilots require hundreds of flight-hours training on specialized aircraft, leading to limited pilot capacity and global pilot shortages, which in turn cause overburdened multi-crew flights, limited flight capabilities, and excessive crew and aircraft fatigue.

In addition, current general aviation technology is limited by poor weather conditions. Low visibility frequently grounds flights, makes pilots' jobs tougher, and increases

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