Teleran – “radio eyes” for blind flying! (Oct, 1946)

Teleran – “radio eyes” for blind flying!

Teleran (a contraction of TELE-vision — Radar Air Navigation) collects all of the necessary information on the ground by radar, and then instantly transmits a television picture of the assembled data to the pilot aloft in the airplane.

On his receiver the pilot sees a picture showing the position of his airplane and the position of all other aircraft near his altitude. This is superimposed upon a terrain map complete with route markings, weather conditions and unmistakable visual instructions to make his job easier.

Teleran—another achievement of RCA—is being developed with Army Air Forces co-operation by RCA Laboratories and RCA Victor. Moreover, when you buy any product bearing the RCA or RCA Victor monogram, you get one of the finest instruments of its kind science has yet achieved.

Radio Corporation of America, RCA Building, Radio City, New York 20… Listen to The RCA Victor Show, Sundays, 2:00 P.M., Eastern Standard Time, over the NBC Network.


  1. Kosher Ham says: January 10, 20122:13 pm

    A technology that will not catch on until digital computers are perfected and made by orders of magnitude smaller and more efficient. ENIAC had 17,000 + vacuum tubes. It now can be emulated on one chip.

  2. Nomen Nescio says: January 10, 20123:17 pm

    modern glass cockpits have the equivalent of this, what with GPS location data, digital maps, and radar transponder data being available and the computing power to synthesize it all fitting in a small laptop if that. the single-engine Cessnas at the local GA airport seldom have that sort of setup, but anything from small bizjets on up tend to.

  3. mikeB says: January 11, 20127:50 am

    I saw a variation of this on a trip to the FAA research and development center in Atlantic City in the 60’s. It was an old prototype of an instrument approach system that used a TV camera to transmit an image of the Ground Controlled Approach display used by a ground controller. In the movies, this is the guy who “talked” the pilot down the glide path and localizer to a blind landing (extensively used during the Berlin Airlift). The TV receiver was to be in the cockpit. The idea was to eliminate the ground controller giving the pilot instructions as the pilot would be able to see the display remotely and make the corrections himself.

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