penguinflies
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Fly By Light

Wed Feb 06, 2002 7:51 am

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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RE: Fly By Light

Wed Feb 06, 2002 7:54 am

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

Wed Feb 06, 2002 8:06 am

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!!!

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RE: Fly By Light

Wed Feb 06, 2002 8:09 am

Fiber optic techinoly is quite old, why would this be newsworthy?
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RE: Fly By Light

Wed Feb 06, 2002 8:24 am

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???
 
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RE: Fly By Light

Wed Feb 06, 2002 8:35 am



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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penguinflies
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RE: Fly By Light

Wed Feb 06, 2002 8:40 am

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.
 
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RE: Fly By Light

Wed Feb 06, 2002 9:10 am

Well then the planes are "thrusting" allright!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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RE: Fly By Light

Wed Feb 06, 2002 11:38 am

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...

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