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Airline safety software wins R&D 100 award

The Morning Report provides aviation safety experts and airline policy makers valuable information for determining potential aircraft safety issues.

The Morning Report, an airline safety and information tool, recently won a prestigious 2005 R&D 100 award from R&D Magazine for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. This new tool is being used to provide aviation personnel with insight into overall flight patterns and subtle flight characteristics of monitored aircraft.

A computational tool, the Morning Report: Advanced Proactive Safety and System Monitoring Tool analyzes large amounts of aviation data that are collected by instruments located onboard aircraft. The information gathered by the Morning Report is helping to improve airline safety.

"This award demonstrates that DOE scientists and researchers are hard at work developing the technologies of the future," said Secretary of Energy Samuel W. Bodman. "In the past, breakthroughs like this have played an important role in both our economic and national security."

The software gathers gigabytes of the previous day's flight information and presents those data as a graphic report each morning. Although the algorithms used by the Morning Report are quite complex, the technology is easy to operate with a simple desktop application. The ability to regularly and continuously review those data plays a critical role in aviation safety experts' and airline policy makers' determination of potentially serious safety issues.

R&D Magazine presents the R&D 100 Awards annually to honor the world's 100 most important scientific and technical innovations. The Morning Report's inventors and the other winning innovators will be recognized in October at R&D Magazine's 43rd annual banquet in Chicago. This is the 67th R&D 100 Award won by PNNL since the contest's inception in 1969.

PNNL shared this award with co-developers NASA Ames Research Center, Battelle, Flight Safety Consultants, ProWorks Corporation and Safe Flight.

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