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Problem: Landing Accidents

  • More than 70% of all accidents happen during approach and landing.

  • Poor airspeed management by pilots contributes to many landing accidents.

  • Key elements: High task-loading or inattention and distraction.

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Timing: A Plea from Aviation Safety Experts

  • Many aviation safety experts have analyzed these accidents. As a result, the NTSB issued a strong recommendation to the FAA to require installation of multi-sensory low airspeed alerting systems in all commercial aircraft

  • The FAA mandated alerting system installation in commercial aircraft applying for a new or updated certification from 2010 onward. A retrofit mandate is currently under discussion.


Solution: Q-Alpha Flight Energy Awareness Display

  • A new low airspeed alerting system that: 1) is highly effective, especially when pilots are distracted and inattentive, and 2) is easily retrofitted.

  • The IP-protected ‘Q-Alpha Flight Energy Awareness Display’ has been thoroughly tested and has been endorsed by every pilot that has flown with it.

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Opportunity: 500+ Lives and $6+ Billion

  • Q-Alpha can save 500+ lives and $6+ Billion over 10 years.

  • In its first year of operation, the display can save airlines enough to pay for its installation.

  • High net margins, a large addressable market, and well-capitalized potential acquirers.


Introducing the Q-Alpha Flight Energy Awareness Display for Landing Accident Avoidance

During the crash of Asiana 214 on a clear day in San Francisco the on-board air speed alerting systems gave the first warning at 114 knots, an altitude of 100 feet and 11 seconds prior to impact – too late for a recovery. It has been established that recovery was not possible no matter what the pilot did.

The Q-Alpha Display would have provided a warning at 132 knots, an altitude of 480 feet, 31 seconds prior to impact – allowing an easy recovery. In this video of tests at NASA, the pilot was instructed to ignore the Q-Alpha alerts during a simulated approach at SFO. It shows that the Q-Alpha alerts would be virtually impossible to ignore in real life.