Aircraft computer software is a relatively new technical discipline. Its short 15-year history is characterized by dynamic change and exponential growth. Today, software pervades almost all aircraft systems and is crucial for continued safe flight and landing in the newer, more technologically sophisticated aircraft.
Critical software-based systems include fly-by-wire, auto land, and full authority engine control systems. This discipline is essential for tracking developments and identifying techniques, standards, and research results that are needed to provide the high level insurance of these human-rated systems.
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Chief Scientific and Technical Advisor – Michael DeWalt
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