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Monday, 24 April 2017
University academic honoured by worldwide aviation industry

engineer honoured by aviation industryThe Chamber of Engineers would like to congratulate Dr Ing. Andrew Sammut, lecturer within the Department of Electronic Systems Engineering at the University of Malta, who was awarded the prestigious William E. Jackson award by the Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics (RTCA) for his research dealing with aircraft safety.

Ing. Sammut’s winning submission involved the design of an avionic system with the capability of detecting conflicts between aircraft on the runway. The technology has the capability of determining the safest avoidance manoeuvre that the pilots should take to clear the conflict, which is then communicated directly to the pilots in the cockpit using a novel alerting technique.

The William E. Jackson Award is presented on a yearly basis for the most outstanding work in aviation electronics and communications and has, since the first award in 1975, only been awarded to candidates from US universities with one exception in 1979.

RTCA, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit corporation that develops consensus-based recommendations regarding communications, navigation, surveillance, and air traffic management (CNS/ATM) system issues.