A solution to avoid wingtip collisions of airplanes when they are moving on runways has been developed by a team of engineering students at the University of Rhode Island. The team presented their device in a national Federal Aviation Administration competition and won first place.
The device is temporarily placed on the wingtip with a suction cup and uses ultrasonic sensors to monitor the area around the plane. If the plane approaches an object while in movement on the tarmac, the device emits lights and a warning sound. If the object continues to come closer to the wingtip, the device’s LED lights change colors, and the warning sounds turns into a faster beep. The device is an affordable and reliable solution that helps to avoid costly damages and address potential safety issues.