Alaska Airlines collaborates with Seeing Machines to enhance pilot training/safety

Alaska Airlines and computer vision technology company Seeing Machines, have announced they are collaborating on advanced gaze tracking technology to understand how pilots scan and monitor instruments during complex maneuvers and instrument procedures, the company said.

The partnership has developed a proof of concept for Seeing Machines´ Crew Training System in an Alaska Airlines´ Boeing 737 Full Flight Simulator environment.

The collaboration aims to shape how Seeing Machines´ non-intrusive Crew Training System can provide Alaska Airlines pilots and flight instructors with objective, evidence-based data to provide unique insights into instrument scanning behavior resulting in enhanced situational awareness and improved training outcomes. The proof of concept used actual Alaska Airlines training environments and scenarios to maximize the quality and applicability of the data collected.

Alaska Airlines Alaska flies in some of the world´s most challenging operational environments. The airline has pioneered several advanced aviation technologies like Required Navigation Performance systems for safe operation in the rugged terrain of Southeast Alaska and heads-up guidance systems to improve safety and performance in low visibility conditions.

Australian-based Seeing Machines develops advanced, high-precision technologies that enable machines to see, understand and assist people. The company´s AI-driven head and eye tracking technology has already been used to improve safety across a number of industries including mining, road and rail transport.

Alaska Airlines and its regional partners fly 46 million guests a year to more than 115 destinations with an average of 1,200 daily flights across the United States and to Mexico, Canada and Costa Rica.