China’s Air Traffic Management Bureau and Airbus’s air traffic management (ATM) company, ProSky, have signed an agreement to work together to modernize that country’s ATM system. The projects include updating the ILS systems at Beijing Capital Airport (ZBAA), conducting a capacity assessment at Chengdu International Airport (ZUUU) and other technology-based ATM improvements.
To automobile mass-producers, automation in the aerospace manufacturing probably looks fundamentally immature. However, Boeing’s efforts in introducing robotics into 777 production at its widebody plant in Everett, Washington, have translated into some considerable efficiency gains following the company’s transition some eight years ago to a moving, U-shaped assembly line and simultaneous implementation of lean production processes.
Automation in the aerospace industry remains fundamentally immature, and Boeing’s efforts in introducing robotics into 777 production might look like baby steps to the world’s automobile makers. But at Boeing’s widebody plant in Everett, Washington, those steps have translated into some considerable efficiency gains following the company’s transition some eight years ago to a moving, U-shaped assembly line and simultaneous implementation of so-called lean production processes.
Many pilots had their first–but thankfully second-hand–exposure to the pitfalls of flight systems automation when they watched a remarkable video of an Airbus A320 performing a gear-down, nose-high flypast demonstration at the small French airport at Habsheim in 1988.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) wants user input to help consolidate policy for flight-deck automation of complex aircraft developed by the EASA Internal Group on Personnel Training (IGPT).
“Five years ago we passed the point where automation was there to back up pilots,” said Flight Safety Foundation CEO Bill Voss at last week’s Flight Safety Foundation Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar in San Antonio.
Air Comm Corp. (ACC), a specialist in the design, production and support of environmental control systems for rotorcraft, is presenting “The Ultimate Guide To Helicopter Environmental Control Systems” today at 10 a.m. in Room C-148. The program is of interest to rotorcraft owners, operators and maintenance personnel.
Air Comm, which specializes in interior heating and air-conditioning systems for helicopters, is hosting “a comprehensive presentation on helicopter environmental control systems” here at Heli-Expo 2011.
Avionic Instruments is at Booth No. 3417 with two of its newer electrical power generation, conversion and conditioning products. Its 2-KVA static inverter is designed and qualified with current component technology and innovative thermal/mechanical techniques. The design provides overall device isolation, excellent overload and non-linear load handling capability.
Humans beware. Computers want your job, and considering that they’re smarter, better looking and will work for no pay, they’ll probably get it someday. For professional pilots that could mean preparing for the day when the captain is a software app and you’re just along for the ride.
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