Nearly half of pilots believe Electronic Conspicuity 'saved them'

An alarming 40% of pilots believe that an Electronic Conspicuity device such as Sky Echo or Pilot Aware has saved them from an airprox or mid-air collision, according to a recent report published by the UK CAA.

A further 2.1% of the pilots surveyed said the EC device had saved them ‘many times’ while 41% said they ‘don’t know’.

The report looks at the importance of technology used in light aircraft that helps make pilots aware of other aircraft such as planes, gliders, helicopters and drones to avoid collisions and increase airspace safety. Click here to download the report.

The milestone report was carried out by GASCo and Jarvis Bagshaw, who surveyed pilots to investigate how Human Factors affect the safe use of Electronic Conspicuity.

Question from EC survey

From the CAA/GASCo survey

The results of the survey were complimented by four trial flights, using eye-tracking technology, to observe pilot behaviour in flight when using EC to enhance their visual scan and situational awareness.

Mike O’Donoghue, Chief Executive at GASCo, said, “Electronic Conspicuity is a really important tool for keeping our airspace safe. Our report shows its advantages, but also highlights the need for more training, awareness and hands-on practice.”

The research found that, despite the advantages of Electronic Conspicuity, there were many learning points including a ‘false sense of security’ from some pilots, issues around distraction when flying, and over-reliance on the technology.

The report also made recommendations on enhancing pilot training for Electronic Conspicuity devices, emphasising the importance of understanding in-flight effects and their mitigation, as well as the need for hands-on practice on the ground and in the air.

The CAA said it will use this recent report to inform future decisions on an Electronic Conspicuity Standard.

Video from the team behind the EC report:


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