Research conducted

Research Proposals


The Center provides financial support for research in its field of activity. Research proposals are submitted according to the regulations of the Fisher Institute. See “Suggest Research” on the home page.


Before submitting the proposal, the head of the Center, Itai Alon, should be consulted.



Research conducted


Safety during war and operations

Joint study with the US Air Force on the characteristics of accidents involving attack aircraft and helicopters during operational activity, from the 50s until today.


Israeli researchers:

Lieut. Col. (Res.) Raz Itzhak

Lieut. Col. Moti Habkuk, Head of History Section, Air Force


The study findings are classified.


Glass cockpit accidents

The study can be viewed at the Fisher Institute Information Center.

Maariv published a two-part article about the study on April 7, 2006.

First part Second part


The study aimed to examine trends in accidents involving modern aircraft equipped with glass cockpit in the past two decades, to define the problems and to propose solutions to prevent accidents.


The research was conducted by Mr. Gidon Livni, El Al Captain, pilot and former air force commander.


Means for the objective measurement of pilot fatigue

The study can be viewed at the Fisher Institute Information Center.


The aim of the research was to design tools and real time tests for the objective measurement of pilot fatigue. Fatigue in this context is defined as “preparedness and ability to perform the required mission, prior to and during the flight”.

The results of the research are a combination of a measuring device and test, which together provide the pilot with personal data calibrated to his past performance, enabling him to determine his fatigue level according to a personal index.

Study rationale: When a pilot is tired his behavior and level of cognitive functioning change, requiring more time and effort.

The study comprised 4 stages:

Stage 1: Data collection – articles and studies from Israel and abroad.

Stage 2: Locating questionnaires and means of measurement (physiological or psychological) accessible to the pilot. These means must facilitate convenient measurement and comparison of the results to the personal performance index of the examinee.

Stage 3: Development of tools that will be chosen to measure and analyze the results, which will demonstrate the pilot’s fitness level prior to and during the flight.

Stage 4: Defining real time feedback that measures the personal fatigue level of the pilot and implementing a process of counter-measures to improve the pilot’s

fitness level.


The study was conducted by Dr. Yossi Shub


Algorithm to detect birds on the bird and weather radar

A biological study and development of an algorithm to detect birds on the national bird and weather radar for use in real time by the Air Force


Conducted by:

Oded Raz, MA student, Zoology Department, Tel Aviv University

Maj. Oded Ovadia, M.Sc., Birdwatching Unit, Control Units Command, Air Force

Eng. Oleg Sikura – International Center for Research of Bird Migration at Latrun

Eng. Ben Simon - International Center for Research of Bird Migration at Latrun


Scientific mentors:

Dr. Yossi Leshem – Zoology Department, Tel Aviv University

Dr. Leonid Dinwitz – Zoology Department, Tel Aviv University


Benefits of the research:

The study constitutes a strong research base and backup for the “Maof Hatsipor” (Bird Flight) infrastructure being developed by the Israel Air Force in recent years. A picture of birds during bird intensive months will facilitate significantly safer flight during the migration months. Moreover, a reliable nation-wide picture of the location of the birds will in our opinion allow the addition of 30-40% more days for low altitude flight, also during the bird intensive periods, when there is no migration.


Using a quality algorithm to identify flocks of birds on the weather radar will allow the real time tracking of birds in Israel and will improve the flight safety level through the dissemination of information in real time to control units and flight units. The “Maof Hatsipor” system will facilitate a significantly higher quality weather picture compared with that currently in use by the Air Force. At a later stage it will be possible to apply the same algorithm to numerous weather radars deployed around the world. In the future it will be possible to connect the systems in Israel with similar systems located along the bird migration route in Europe and the Middle East and to provide an important platform for cooperation with other air forces in the region.


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