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Aircraft Cockpit Automation - Good or Bad

optomist1

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#65
An outstanding article in EETIMES, worth a complete read...note two good quotes below:

1) “My experience with them is they're grudgingly, guardedly permitted to operate, and pilots practice overriding them until it's instinctive. But that requires knowing all about them,” the veteran pilot stressed

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Bit flip?
Fair enough. But a new problem has since surfaced with 737 Max flight control system. On the case at last, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration uncovered a new potential hardware fault in the 737 Max flight control computer. The fault reportedly involves the random flipping of bits in the microprocessor, likely caused by radiation striking chip circuitry.

https://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1335110
 
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optomist1

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Yep, thanks Marc, great article...read that one interesting concept...."Synthetic Airspeed" check....yet more software, and with it all that coding, testing and validation entails....in general its a plus, but always, always, pilots must be afforded the option to "assume full manual control"..
 

optomist1

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agreed on greed.....and add to that misplace arrogance...bordering on flippant, see below the text messages recently provided to the FAA....albiet very late....scary and revealing stuff...much like VW/Dieselgate, this inbred culture does not change over night. VW has had a US court appointed "Culture Shepherd", in place for 3 years...and counting no end in sight.

Boeing Text Messages
 
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