Cutting Edge
Pilot Health Monitor
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Cutting Edge
Pilot Health Monitor
The Pilot Health Monitor is a portable device designed for General Aviation pilots to reduce the risk of in-flight pilot incapacitation. Despite safety being the aviation industry’s highest priority, fatal accidents still occur every year. General Aviation (GA) encompasses all civil aviation aircraft operations except for Commercial Air Transport. Single-pilot operations are common in light aircraft, requiring the pilot to be fully competent and focused during all stages of the flight. Making correct decisions and commands is critical. In 2020, 69% of GA accidents were pilot-related, with 17% due to mechanical failures. Often, GA aircraft aren’t equipped with pressurized cabins, exposing the occupants to thin air and potential Carbon Monoxide leaks from the engine compartment and exhaust system. As a result, incapacitation due to Hypoxia and CO poisoning is a threat to pilots. The Pilot Health Monitor device connects to the pilot’s smartwatch, gathering their pulse data. Additionally, a built-in CO sensor measures levels in the cabin. If either level becomes dangerous, the device alerts the pilot before the situation intensifies.
2025
Hugo Burns
Industrial Design & Technology BA