Making Autopilot Systems Safer

Woodrow Bellamy III [Avionics Today April 10, 2014] Would you believe that just 30 lines of computer code might have saved Air France flight 447 from crashing into the Atlantic Ocean in 2009? Carlos Varela, an experienced pilot and associate professor of computer science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, believes so. Through funding from the Air Force…

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Ireland urges Boeing to review pitot heater failure warning system of Boeing 737-800

The Irish Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) issued safety recommendations to Boeing and the FAA following occurrences of undetected pitot heater failures on Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The recommendations stemmed from an investigation that the AAIU conducted into the causes of a serious incident involving a Boeing 737-800 on January 7, 2012.  A Ryanair flight from…

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