Problems with mechanical/cable flight control designs
Why are four computers better than one or two?
Advantages of fly-by-wire and popular control laws
What sensors are needed? How do controls adapt if sensors fail?
Design considerations for risk mitigation
Mark “Forger” Stucky
Test Pilot and Commercial Astronaut
NASA Research Test Pilot
Why did I write this book?
“I got a call from a pilot I met at G650 recurrent. He’s leading a Part 91 flight department, and wanted to dig a little deeper into fly-by-wire with his other pilots as a study topic. He knew that I am a test pilot, and asked me if there were any resources beyond the flight manual that might explain a little more of the “how” and “why” of fly-by-wire, beyond normal and non-normal procedures. I thought I could easily dig up and send him additional resources — deeper than the flight manual, but less than an aeronautical engineering PhD dissertation.
I found that there is quite an information gap between these two extremes, and ended up writing this book in the process of answering his questions.
I promise there is no math, it’s written for pilots.“
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About the Author
David Kern is a graduate of the US Air Force Test Pilot School and US Air Force Academy. He holds an Airline Transport Pilot certificate with seven type ratings, and has logged time at the controls of over 80 different types of aircraft. In 2011, he was the USAF F-16 project test pilot for the Collier Trophy-winning Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System (AGCAS).