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Terrain Avoidance Warning Systems: Keeping You Safe in the Skies

Ever wondered what helps pilots avoid dangerous terrain during flights? Enter Terrain Avoidance Warning Systems (TAWS), your onboard safety net.

TAWS are like watchful guardians, constantly monitoring:

Your aircraft’s position and flight path.

Surrounding terrain elevation.

How close you are to potential hazards.

When danger is near, TAWS springs into action:

Alerting you with clear warnings: “Terrain, Terrain!” or “Pull Up!”

Displaying vital information: altitude above terrain, distance to obstacles, escape path suggestions.

Different types of TAWS exist:

Basic: Alerts based on altitude and terrain proximity.

Advanced: Predicts future trajectory, considers obstacles and flight performance.

TAWS play a crucial role in:

Preventing Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT): unintentional collision with terrain.

Enhancing situational awareness: giving pilots a clear picture of their surroundings.

Improving safety and reducing accidents: making flying even safer for everyone.

So next time you take flight, remember the silent hero working behind the scenes: your TAWS, keeping you safe in the skies.

Aerodrome Obstacle and Terrain Limitation Surfaces – Terrain Avoidance Warning Systems

Further Reading and Reference Links


SKYbrary Aviation Safety:

L3Harris TAWS+:

Sofema Aviation Services:

AN Aero:

YouTube Video:

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