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ANGELS Report Summary

Project ID: 698530


Reporting period: 2015-12-01 to 2016-10-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

ANGELS is a high precision instrumental guidance system at the price level of an optical guidance system. ANGELS makes use of standards and context aware customizable predictive software to dramatically increase the level of safety in Approach & Landing (A&L) operations. ANGELS focuses in a very specific scenario: Helicopters A&L operations to helidecks installed in windparks and on Oil/Gas (O/G) rigs (our primary market), where poor visibility (optical guidance systems provide insufficient support), complex glide paths (not straight line approaches), high density of obstacles and reduced space are a constant, and where decision makers (usually helidecks manufacturers and helicopter transport companies) are very sensitive to price/performance ratio, who need affordable approach guidance systems.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

During these 12 months the consortium has worked on the following tasks:
Development of different parts of ANGELS (ground station, Approach and Landing Algorithm, iPad App), integration of these parts and test of interfaces.
Assessment with aeronautical authorities and main market players of the actual interest of the project, integration with other ongoing EU projects (SESAR,…) and actual regulations, product market positioning.
Design of the graphic interface and operation of the App with respect of the actual pilot POV, and development of a cloud server for different types of users.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

Initially ANGELS had the aim to be a system to support visual approach and landing (support to VFR). The final product may result into a much more powerful system that is able to support the aircraft instrumental operations (IFR), by reducing the flight “minima” (helideck constraints).
ANGELS may be very interesting also for on-shore application like Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) and also for private helidecks.
ANGELS is able to provide a wide range of information relevant to the status of the helicopter flight and landing, the helideck status and issues that are very helpful both to the helicopter operators and platform operators

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