Pilots may soon be able to more clearly distinguish the multitude of important aural signals, voices and sounds competing for their attention in the cockpit.
Pilots may soon be able to clearly distinguish important signals, voices and sounds when operating in the cockpit.
The key is to spatially separate sounds so pilots can better perceive what they're hearing.
The discovery made it possible to develop a technology application that would spatially separate sound sources. PS Engineering adopted that technology into its PMA450 system for general aviation.
"We've been excited about this technology for a long time, but previous applications have been limited by the relatively expensive hardware required to implement it," Brungart said in the release. "However, as technology has advanced, the cost of implementing virtual audio has dropped dramatically."
The list price for a PMA450 system runs around $2,350, according to PS Engineering's website.
Now Battlespace Acoustics technical adviser Brian Simpson and his team of researchers believe they have found a key to maximizing audio clarity so that sounds they are perceived to be coming from different places.
"The improvement is tremendous," Battlespace Acoustics technical adviser Brian Simpson said in the release. "Even highly trained pilots, who are used to listening to multiple channels, can benefit from this technology, and the more complex the environment, the greater this benefit will be."
Aside from Air Force and commercial jet cockpits, the technology could potentially be used in air traffic control systems and remotely piloted vehicles.
"You can achieve greater communication effectiveness, reduce workload and, importantly, improve overall safety in flight operations," Simpson said.