We are now continuing the rapid advances in autonomous driving in the air as well.
Our focus is on bringing the existing know-how from our airborne days back into the air now paired with the technology advancement in autonomous driving. As a leading deep-tech company, we are laying the foundation for this. Our system checks and interprets the helicopter mission environment for obstacles and assists especially during take-off and landing in unknown terrain.
Just as in autonomous road transport, we aim to increase confidence in technological innovation, while always focusing on safety and efficiency.
BACK TO THE ROOTS
The company was founded in 2018 by former Airbus engineers who had previously developed and marketed laser-based obstacle warning systems for helicopters.
With its groundbreaking SitAwS situational awareness support product, LFT represents an advancement for helicopter use based on its automotive field. Thanks to the system, obstacles such as poorly visible power lines can be made visible and helicopters can take off and land safely under difficult visibility conditions. This further development for helicopters enables, for example, rescue helicopters to make faster, safer landings in the event of accidents and saves injured people valuable time.
Situational Awareness System
for Helicopters (SitAwS)
Obstacles that are poorly visible and thus overlooked in the final phase of a helicopter landing approach pose a significant safety risk. This hazard repeatedly leads to accidents involving property damage and personal injury, especially in conditions of limited visibility (e.g., snow or fog). Takeoff and landing in non-cooperative environments and confined spaces (e.g., rescue operations) require active recognition of the environment. SAR/HEMS, law enforcement, and offshore operations are particularly critical.
SitAwS is a LiDAR based environment awareness system to ensure situational awareness for the helicopter crew, supporting landing approaches and take-offs even under adverse weather conditions in accordance with visual flight rules (VFR) even during daylight as well as marginal hours. The SitAwS uses real-time LiDAR sensor as well as geo-referenced data, thus provides an important safety contribution during all mission operations. SitAwS thus provides crew detection of low visibility obstacles and potential threats during flight maneuvers (e.g., temporary VFR restrictions), especially in unknown or confined terrain.