Mt99 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:
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, 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.
Delta-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...