Mississippi State University
Moorhead, Robert J.
To, Filip Suminto D.
Fowler, James E.
Date of Degree
Graduate Thesis - Open Access
James Worth Bagley College of Engineering
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Flight data recorders (FDRs) play a critical role in determining root causes of aviation mishaps. Some aircraft record limited amounts of information during flight (e.g. T-1A Jayhawk), while others have no FDR on board (B-52 Stratofortress). This study explores the use of image-based flight data acquisition to overcome a lack of available digitally-recorded FDR data. In this work, images of cockpit gauges were unwrapped vertically, and 2-D cross-correlation was performed on each image of the unwrapped gauge versus a template of the unwrapped gauge needle. Points of high correlation between the unwrapped gauge and needle template were used to locate the gauge needle, and interpolation and extrapolation were performed (based on locations of gauge tick marks) to quantify the value to which the gauge needle pointed. Results suggest that image-based flight data acquisition could provide key support to mishap investigations when aircraft lack sufficient FDR data.
Bassie, Abby L., "Image-based Flight Data Acquisition" (2018). Theses and Dissertations. 2576.