There have been numerous debates about if the flight control system is safe.
The FAA has stated that it is, however, a few airlines are still skeptical.
Here’s a list of airlines that are deciding to use the new flight control system:
– American Airlines
– Austrian Airlines
– British Airways
– Delta Air Lines
– El Al Israel Airlines
– Emirates Airlines
– Japan Airlines
– KLM Royal Dutch Airline
– Lufthansa German Airlines
– Qantas Airways Ltd.
As of today, there are 159 airlines that have selected the Airbus A320neo (new engine option).
The aircraft model is equipped with an advanced flight control system that incorporates fly-by-wire technology and side-stick controls.
It simplifies the pilot’s workload and allows for more precise control over the aircraft. The new flight control system is one of the most significant technological advancements in modern airliners.
Most aircraft are now equipped with the new flight control system (FCS), a computer system that makes flying safer and more efficient. The FCS is a modernized version of the autopilot, with one important exception: it’s designed to work with pilots, not replace them. As a result, it’s much harder for pilots to accidentally put the plane into a dangerous situation.
In the previous FCS systems, pilots were responsible for keeping track of every single plane in their fleet – from the smallest propeller-driven commuter plane to the largest jetliner. They also had to know when each plane was on autopilot and when it was being manually flown. It was like having an entire air traffic control tower in your head, remembering all those details. Now all that information is available in one place: the FCS.
The new FCS can handle some particularly tricky situations that would have been impossible with the old one. For instance, if a pilot turns off his or her seatbelt alarm while on autopilot and then forgets to turn it back on before landing, the FCS will sense this and correct for it automatically.
Boeing’s 737 MAX 8 has been the talk of the commercial aviation world lately, and for good reason. The company insists that its newest airliner is a “game changer” that will simplify pilot training while improving fuel efficiency by 14% over the previous 737 generation. But as a recent spate of bad headlines has shown, the MAX 8 has also encountered some technical hiccups along the way.
Most recently, Boeing announced that it had “inadvertently” omitted a software fix from all 737 MAX aircraft still in production on Wednesday. The software, known as MCAS, automatically adjusts the pitch of an aircraft’s horizontal stabilizer when sensors detect the plane is at risk of stalling midair.
Boeing said it had discovered the oversight during internal reviews, but didn’t elaborate beyond that. The company said it was working with regulators to resume delivering planes soon.
Boeing’s latest issue with its flight control system comes just weeks after Indonesia’s Lion Air Flight 610 crashed into the Java Sea off Jakarta on October 29, killing all 189 people on board. In an interim investigation report released last week, Indonesian investigators said they found evidence that faulty airspeed indicator readings were fed into MCAS and triggered its activation in “uncommanded” fashion —
With MCAS or other flight control systems, an airliner is a deeply complex system where the failure of one element can lead to cascading failures that end in a crash.
Boeing had planned to introduce MCAS on the 737 MAX 7, but decided instead to bring it out on the 737 MAX 8. Boeing estimated that MCAS would be activated only 0.00002% of flight hours, and said it was confident that MCAS would not cause any problems.
To understand what went wrong, we have to dig into the details. When pilots are trying to decide whether they have a problem with their plane, they have to answer three questions:
1)Is there a problem?
2)If so, what is it?
3)What should I do about it?
Boeing has been working on a new automated flight control system, called MCAS (Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System). It’s a system that adjusts the horizontal stabilizer on the tail to push the nose of the aircraft down to prevent an aerodynamic stall.
Here is the issue: The MCAS system can be activated by a single sensor and override pilot commands. Boeing engineers were concerned the “angle of attack” sensor might fail, causing the MCAS to push a plane’s nose down repeatedly and unexpectedly. The pilots would have difficulty controlling the plane without first disabling the MCAS. In October 2018, Lion Air Flight 610, which was operated by a Boeing 737 Max 8, crashed into the Java Sea just 13 minutes after takeoff from Jakarta, Indonesia, killing all 189 passengers and crew on board. In March 2019, another crash occurred involving an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 that killed all 157 people aboard.
The FAA is investigating what went wrong in both crashes
Airliner and airline were originally style variants of air-liner and air-line, meaning a company that operates many aircraft. The -er suffix came from Latin -arius. The word was formed as if from French aéroliner, from aéro- + liner, but may have been influenced by air line or airline, the aerial equivalent of a railroad line.
Airliner entered the English language in 1947; it is from the same period as aircraft carrier, which entered the language in 1943.