BAE Systems is migrating “active inceptor” control technology from military aircraft to civil applications–enabling direct pilot inputs into the flight controls of commercial fly-by-wire (FBW) aircraft. The UK-based company is developing its civil active control stick (ACS) for an unnamed commercial launch customer.
Eurocopter AS 350B2, Kamarang, Guyana, Feb. 6, 2005–The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) determined that the cause of the Canadian-registered AS 350 accident was a flight control malfunction and the pilot’s inability to control the helicopter before it hit the ground. Although the TSB did not determine the cause of
the malfunction, the agency said it was probably a loss of hydraulic pressure.