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Flying Blind (LITERALLY) Tech inventions that might help.

by tango_fox1 / November 7, 2008 3:40 AM PST

Just a question to the pilots and tech inventors, has there been any improvement in autopilot technology to aid in a situation such as this??

Blind pilot guided to land by RAF

A pilot who suddenly went blind while flying his plane at 5,500ft (1,676m) was guided in to land by an RAF plane.


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The tecnology is there
by tylerlarson / November 11, 2008 12:55 PM PST

It's not a question of whether or not the technology EXISTS. The technology is there, it's just not even remotely affordable.

Airliners with the appropriate equipment at an appropriately equipped airport can execute a complete approach and landing without ever looking out the window (and without ever really touching the controls). But the in-flight equipment costs more than most airplanes, and the ground equipment is un-affordable even by government standards. So you only see this stuff in very large airplanes and at very large airports with frequently terrible weather (like O'Hare) where you'd lose more money by NOT having the equipment available.

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affordability vs. certified...
by shawnlin / November 11, 2008 10:56 PM PST
In reply to: The tecnology is there

yeah, the technology is here. Some of the automated takeoff and landing technology is very affordable, but is not certified by FAA or similar organizations, however.

But yeah, it's available.

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by shawnlin / November 11, 2008 10:57 PM PST
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