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Aviation Safety Advancements

Aviation Safety Advancements

Breakthrough. Innovative. That's how the industry is describing AURA.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

technology, aerospace, aviation, aircraft, tech startup, aviation aerospace avionics, avionics

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Modern aviation is essential to our lives on a global scale. No other form of transportation is so intricately linked to so many facets of our lives. We rely on it daily for business, communication, trade/commerce and recreational/leisure. It also connects the US and globe in a way that no other form of transportation can. Accounting for $1.5 trillion in total economic activity per year and contributing 5.4 percent to the U.S. Gross Domestic Product, the aviation industry is an economic powerhouse that has a significant and measurable impact on the overall US economy. 35% of world trade, in value, is transported by airplane.

Roughly 1.73 million people in the US fly each day, 9 million globally. An immense responsibility is placed on pilots, perhaps greater than any other occupation in terms of number of lives under their care. Over the course of a career, a commercial airline pilot may have flown over 200,000 passengers. The magnitude of that responsibility is profound. Training is extensive and on-going for professional pilots, however, when confronted with a stressful, unpredicted event, even the best trained pilots can respond contrary to their training.

Flying is the safest mode of transportation in the world. Despite this safety record, a paradox exists in that an accident involving commercial aircraft, particularly one involving fatalities, can rattle the public’s perception and cause them to irrationally question the safety of air travel. For this reason, an astounding amount of attention and investment is made towards safety, training, and aircraft improvements with the ultimate goal of making the industry safer. With very fine profit margins, any accident that results in lower consumer confidence can have a profound impact on the industry. Aggressively pursuing technology that advances and ensures greater aviation safety is duly justified from a public health and economic standpoint.

Loss of Control In-Flight (LOC-I) represents the leading category of fatal aircraft accidents across every sector of the industry. Loss of Control is defined as “significant, unintended departure of aircraft from controlled flight, the operation flight envelope, or unusual flight attitudes, including ground events.” In short, LOC-I is a killer and found to be responsible for over 35% of the onboard and external fatalities attributed to commercial aircraft accidents between 1999 and 2016. Investment to prevent LOC-I or to aid the recovery from LOC-I makes sound economic and public safety sense.

AURA, Aircraft Upset Recovery Augmentation, is the culmination of over 10 years of industry experience and extensive research and design. AURA is the first technology designed to not only predict LOC-I but to aid, assist or fully recover through automation, an aircraft from an imminent loss of control. AURA is designed to eliminate human error in response to LOC-I where one improper response can cost hundreds of lives in a matter of seconds. AURA supplements a pilot’s training and experience giving them an invaluable tool to prevent and respond appropriately to a loss of control situation. AURA represents the solution to LOC-I, the number one cause of fatal plane crashes.

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6 Employees
1 Issued Patents


AURA Provisional Patent filed

May, 2015

Aviation Safety Advancements partners with Bluewater Consulting to provide legal and consultation services.

August, 2015

Aviation Safety Advancements is Established as a C-corporation

August, 2015

Joseph Kujawski, former NASA engineer, joins Aviation Safety Advancements as Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer.

October, 2015

Aviation Safety Advancements raises $15,000 from an Angel Investor.

December, 2015

Baker-Hostetler IP Law Firm is hired to convert AURA to a Non-Provisional Patent.

January, 2016

Aircraft Recovery Control Unit is filed for Non-Provisional Patent (AURA).

May, 2016

AURA Phase I Development Complete.

June, 2016

Aviation Safety Advancements has raised a total of $82,000 to date.

June, 2016


AURA will revolutionize safety in the industry. By taking complex recovery procedures and making them simple and intuitive, AURA is going to have a major impact at reducing loss of control accidents.
Tom Riley Professional Pilot and Flight Instructor
Tom Riley
The aerospace industry has aggressively made strides in the pursuit of safety, we must continue to resolve the problems and situations that continue to cause loss of life and airframes. Radar, TCAS, EGPWS,and synthetic vision have sharply curtailed loss of life accidents, we must now focus on the loss of control as another link in the error chain that must be closed. AURA has the possibility of closing that link and must be brought into the cockpit as soon as possible.
Edward Walker Professional Pilot, Instructor and Aircraft S
Edward Walker
This technology has been long coming.
Test Pilot
Test Pilot
I can see this installed on every jet aircraft! Wish I had thought of something like this!
Aircraft Maintenance Technician
Aircraft Maintenance Technician


Team Member Name

Joseph Kujawski

Co-Founder, Chief Technology Officer

Joe Kujawski has over 20 years of experience designing analog and digital systems for ground and space based scientific observation including flight avionics... Read More