Blogging from the Highlands of Scotland until I return to the Murcia region of Spain towards the end of January 2018 for about a month
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Tuesday, 21 June 2005

Out of the mouths ... comes a safety device

A 12-year-old Scottish boy from East Kilbride has come up with an innovative idea for warning aircraft about to use a runway of any obstruction/debris which might affect them. It is thought to be just such debris that resulted in disaster for the French Concorde in 2000, which led not so very much later to the grounding of the whole Concorde fleet.

It seems that Daryn Murray's idea requires some more development, but from what I read in the linked article the British Airports Authority (BAA) is interested in his idea, which involves having a small remote-control camera which rolls along a track at the side of a runway and is able to relay messages to aircraft about potential obstruction on the runway having, according to Daryn, the ability to "detect debris up to as small as a nut".

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