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Air France 447 Flight-Data Recorder Transcript - What Really Happened Aboard Air France 447 - Popular Mechanics
The (comp.)risks of overautomation strike again. "When trouble suddenly springs up and the computer decides that it can no longer cope—on a dark night, perhaps, in turbulence, far from land -- the humans might find themselves with a very incomplete notion of what's going on. They'll wonder: What instruments are reliable, and which can't be trusted?"
aviation  crash  flight  flying  autopilot  stalls  warnings  alarms  ui  af447  risks  automation 
december 2011 by jm
747s using VLANs to secure in-flight access to engine management systems
'I was contracted to test the systems on a Boeing 747. They had added a new video system that ran over IP. They segregated this from the control systems using layer 2 VLANs. We managed to break the VLANs and access other systems and with source routing could access the Engine management systems.' (via Risks)
scary  aviation  flight  security  boeing  747  via:risks 
november 2011 by jm
RunwayFinder shut down by patent trolls
“While we appreciate your offer to shut down the website to stop future infringement, we notice that your website is still operation. And without further information from you, our only means to assess the potential damages is the observation that your website had 22,256 unique visitors in July 2010. Each visit represents a potential lost sale of our client’s patented invention at $149 per sale. This damage calculation exceeds $3.2 million per month in lost revenue.”
patents  swpats  patent-trolls  flightprep  runwayfinder  aviation  web  law  from delicious
december 2010 by jm
Socializing the Weather
so Met Eireann's crappy weather forecasts are actually just what they give out "for free"; if you pay extra, they have more accurate forecasts. what a scam for a govt department! Handily though, they are mandated by law to give out decent forecasts to pilots -- which are available online
eidw  taf  terminal-area-forecasts  aviation  flying  pilots  met-eireann  weather  forecasts  government 
august 2009 by jm

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