Lucas has already demonstrated this technology, being the first company to supply a fly-by-light
system on a passenger carrying aircraft.
5 million program, McDonnell Douglas Aerospace will lead 14 companies in an effort to speed development of fly-by-light and power-by-wire technology for use in military and commercial aircraft.
The FLASH program will develop three key elements of fly-by-light and power-by-wire technology: 1) a cost-effective and reliable fiber optic cable infrastructure to provide viable industry sources of components and systems; 2) a low-cost flight control system using fly- by-light sensors and control links, including new processes for control system design; and 3) fly-by-light/power-by-wire actuators that provide significant improvements in reliability and maintenance over current systems.
IPTN and Lucas have established a Scope of Work to identify specific areas of joint study for a fly-by-wire and fly-by-light
flight control system and will utilize the IPTN N250 prototype aircraft number one as the platform to test the flight control configuration.
13, 1993, a piece of aviation history was created with the first flight of a BAC One- Eleven Aircraft equipped with a Lucas Fly-By-Light spoiler actuation system.
On March 1 following CAA approval, the BAC One-Eleven "G-ASYD" began in-service operation as a communications aircraft for BAe with an active Fly-By-Light system.
Lucas has been researching and developing Smart Fly-By-Light systems for more than a decade and can claim to be world leaders in this field.