VFR Pilots Flying Through Unfamiliar Terrain
Flight assistant applications are increasingly used by pilots for real-time flight planning and monitoring. They meet strong and essential challenges in terms of safety and performance.
The challenge faced by helicopter and small aircraft pilots was the need for navigation using external landmarks. These pilots often rely on visual cues such as forests, lakes, and other physical features to determine their location and orientation in flight. However, this method of navigation can be difficult, especially when flying in unfamiliar terrain.
To address this issue, it was desired to provide a solution that would allow pilots to preview their flight path using reliable 2D and 3D geospatial data and familiarize themselves with the environment in advance. This would improve their situational awareness, enabling them to quickly identify potential hazards such as mountains. That would ensure that pilots always have a clear understanding of the environment.