SMITH SYSTEM Engineering is to design and test a low-cost anti-collision system for light aircraft, under contract to the UK Civil Aviation Authority Safety Regulation Group.

The CAA has already funded Smith to carry out research into the low-cost proximity-warning system, which works by detecting automatically the strobe lights of other aircraft. Smith says that it has "already proved" the technical merits and feasibility of the design through limited trials, and the programme is now moving on to a fuller operational evaluation.

Smith will design and produce a fully operational version of the strobe-warning system, which will be test-flown on board an aircraft operated by the Oxford Air Training School.

The company is teaming with Skyforce Avionics of the UK, which will assist with marketing a production version of the system.

Source: Flight International