Effective Airspace Management for Wildfires and Other Disasters

DART Air supports situational awareness by sharing information between the air boss and the pilots of drones, helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft.

DART Air makes it possible for aircraft, helicopters and drones to operate safely and effectively in the same airspace at the same time.

DART Air gives pilots access to mission critical information for improved safety and increased situational awareness and provides the Air Boss with real time information on the location and status of all aircraft and drones.
DART Air runs on GPS-equipped, rugged tablet computers, installed in the cockpit of an aircraft and interfaced to a MESH radio. All airborne assets (drones, aircraft and helicopters) report their position and altitude in real time on the MESH and are displayed in DART, both to people on the ground and the pilots in their cockpits.
DART Air enables pilots to see the position of their aircraft and all other aircraft and drones together with the location of ground personnel and ground assets. The DART display makes it possible for pilots to visualise the location of holding patterns and information such as initial points, drop points designated water pick-up areas and forward operating bases.
DART gives the air boss a real time picture of the extent of the fire, together with all airborne and ground assets. This enables him to coordinate movements and to de-conflict aircraft and drones, to ensure there are no potential collisions. He can also use this information to calculate required drop points and approach headings, along with possible hazards, and then transmit the data to the pilots.

Enhanced situational awareness 

DART supports pilots and commanders with enhanced situational awareness for increased safety and co-ordination from the air boss to make fuller use of their capabilities. 

Time is money and improving the efficiency and safety of expensive, air assets, operating in a dangerous and chaotic environment above a disaster, brings real cost, safety and operational benefits.
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Est. 1986