Some Aspects of Automation in Civil Transport Aircraft

  • Elwyn Edwards
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 1)


The contemporary airline pilot has witnessed in his life-time a revolution in the technology of aircraft design resulting in considerable changes in task demands. Today it is possible for a pilot, whilst on the ground at a European airport, to depress half a dozen key switches which will activate a navigation programme to guide him to a destination in North America. Thereafter, he may engage the autopilot at about 500′ and function as a system monitor until his aircraft is on the runway four thousand miles away.


Inertial Navigation System Alarm System Navigation Programme Christmas Tree Glide Slope 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • Elwyn Edwards
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  1. 1.University of TechnologyLoughboroughUK

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