Unconscious pilot in F-16 saved by Auto-GCAS NASA collision avoidance system - TomoNews online

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EDWARDS, CALIFORNIA — Last month, a NASA-supported collision avoidance system saved the life of an F-16 pilot in a fourth confirmed rescue. It was the fourth confirmed case where the Auto-GCAS has rescued an aircraft since it was introduced into the Air Force F-16 fleet in late 2014, according to Aviation Week. NASA reported that the Tucson Air National Guard was conducting a standard training exercise with basic fighter maneuvers in F-16s when a student pilot was engaged in an exercise where he and his instructor tried to out-maneuver the each other. Following the pass, the student, traveling at over 8 Gs, lost consciousness. This effect, known as G-LOC (G-force induced loss of consciousness), is a common among pilots traveling at high speeds, during which the the heart and vascular system may not be able supply blood and oxygen to the brain fast enough, which leads to a loss of consciousness. After experiencing G-LOC, the student’s aircraft continued accelerating toward the ground. As the instructor attempted to call out to the unconscious student to recover, the Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System (Auto-GCAS) kicked in and performed an automatic, stabilizing pull-up, bringing the plane in an upright position. The Auto-GCAS is designed to constantly compare the aircraft’s trajectory with that of a terrain profile obtained from an onboard digital terrain database, according to NASA. If a threat is detected, warning signals are given to the pilot. If no action is taken, the system takes control away from the pilot and executes an evasion command. Control is returned to the pilot as soon as the aircraft is on a safe trajectory. Auto-GCAS has been continually developed over 30 years in a collaboration between NASA, the Air Force Research Lab and Lockheed Martin. The effects of g-force on the human body, including grey out, tunnel vision, blackout and G-LOC have been studied as early as 1919. Fighter pilots are heavily trained to endure high levels of g force, with many even having lost their lives in the process. ----------------------------------------­--------------------- Welcome to TomoNews, where we animate the most entertaining news on the internets. Come here for an animated look at viral headlines, US news, celebrity gossip, salacious scandals, dumb criminals and much more! Subscribe now for daily news animations that will knock your socks off. Visit our official website for all the latest, uncensored videos: http://us.tomonews.com Check out our Android app: http://bit.ly/1rddhCj Check out our iOS app: http://bit.ly/1gO3z1f Get top stories delivered to your inbox everyday: http://bit.ly/tomo-newsletter See a story that should be animated? Tell us about it! Suggest a story here: http://bit.ly/suggest-tomonews Stay connected with us here: Facebook http://www.facebook.com/TomoNewsUS Twitter @tomonewsus http://www.twitter.com/TomoNewsUS Google+ http://plus.google.com/+TomoNewsUS/ Instagram @tomonewsus http://instagram.com/tomonewsus Unconscious pilot in F-16 saved by Auto-GCAS NASA collision avoidance system - TomoNews watch online video.

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