Mt99 From United States of America, joined exactly 17 years ago today! , 6886 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1211 times:
I belive the proper spelling IS "techinoly".
Anyway, i guess im surprised that Fiber Optics have been 'negleted' so long in aviation. They provide with so many advantges over cable. In my work i deal with fiber optic applications all the time for critical proceses and i guess i did just assumed that it would have been incorporated into aviation earlier than now. It is afterall a proven technology not something that may or may not work. So i believe this is more evolutionary than revolutionary.
Penguinflies From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 996 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1208 times:
As the Primary Flight Control, it seemed to be newsworthy to a few people.
The techonology is "old", but new compared to mechanical linkage (as old as the Wright Brothers) or FBW (which is now about what, 20 years old?) it seems to be gaining research funds as a replacement due to weight, maintenance and control issues. They said that unlike Fly by Wire, Fiber Optic is resistant to uncommanded Electrical Impluses and Electromagnetic Fields and has a much wider transmission range over older systems. It is being tested in Germany for installation on their helicopters.
Delta-flyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2682 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1173 times:
About 6-8 years ago McDonnell Douglas demonstrated FBL technology using an F-15. The acronym (every new system must have one!) was FLASH, but I can't remember what it stood for, except the FL--Fly by Light...