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User currently offlinePenguinflies From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 988 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 918 times:

anyone hear of this? It is controlling an aircraft (or any craft) using fiber optic instead of electrical impulses or cables...I just read in AvWeb that Eurocopter had a demonstration on Jan 28th.

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User currently offline777236ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 902 times:

Fly-by-thought next?? But if guys are thinking of sex every seven seconds, then the planes might be "thrusting" a bit too much.....

User currently offlineUAL1837 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 881 times:

So during a lightning flash (lots of bright light), a plane will do seven barrel rolls and a couple loop de loops???

That oughta be fun!!!

J/K


User currently offlineMt99 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 6574 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (12 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 877 times:
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Fiber optic techinoly is quite old, why would this be newsworthy?


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User currently offlineTWAL1011 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 204 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (12 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 857 times:

Fiber optic techinoly is quite old, why would this be newsworthy?

Because fly-by-fiber-optics is a new technology (techinoly, whatever).


I imagine it may incorporate the technology used in the 777 gyros???


User currently offlineMt99 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 6574 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (12 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 853 times:
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I belive the proper spelling IS "techinoly".  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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.



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User currently offlinePenguinflies From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 988 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 850 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.


User currently offlineVafi88 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3116 posts, RR: 17
Reply 7, posted (12 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 838 times:

Well then the planes are "thrusting" allright!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


I'd like to elect a president that has a Higher IQ than a retarted ant.
User currently offlineDelta-flyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2676 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (12 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 815 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...

Pete


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