The intended end product of a Phase I and Phase II project is the development of hardware and/or software that can be used for the detection of Pitot tube anomalies resulting from blockages either during in-flight or pre-flight conditions. This end product, which will be commercialized by AMS in a Phase III project with non-federal funding, will have wide applications in the commercial, private, and military aircraft industries. Furthermore, it is envisioned that this new technology would be used not only for new aircraft, but also for existing aircraft with only minor modifications.
Although the general target for the end product of this research is in the commercial and private aircraft sectors, NASA and other governmental/military facilities would greatly benefit from this technology. As all aircraft rely on the accurate and reliable performance of Pitot/static systems, improving the detection of inaccurate indications would increase the safety of aircraft passengers and crew, reduce the potential for accidents, and will lead to other advances in aviation technology.