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autopilot

[′ȯd·ō‚pī·lət]
(navigation)
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"Automatic landing is essential, especially in the context of the future role of aviation," says Martin KA1/4gler, the Chair of Flight System Dynamics at Technische UniversitA[currency]t MA1/4nchen (TUM).
Not only this, but researchers are looking forward to developing procedures that will allow automatic landing based on satellite navigation.
With automatic landing, the demonstration of the capability came years before civil certification of the first system in use.
c) Sides used for loading at lower landings shall be equipped with an automatic landing gate or a landing gate with interlock.
Vos is quick to point out a statistic: Every 20 minutes, an unmanned aircraft with its onboard flight controls completes a successful automatic landing.
Nearly 170 million Americans, including six current astronauts, were not yet born when Armstrong, a 39-year-old civilian who had flown everything from Ford tri-motors to X-15 rocket planes, switched off an automatic landing system that was taking the module into a boulder-strewn crater and manually piloted the craft to a better landing spot.
The tremendous progress recently made in rotor design, autopilot and automatic landing technologies have gradually faded the stance of suspicion and the helicopter drone is now increasingly being regarded as an acceptable option.
He said that although our aircraft had automatic landing equipment for such emergencies, the airport did not.
'These include updating the RAF's ground attack Tornadoes, with our partner BAE Systems, with new precision weapons, and proving our technology for automatic landing of STOVL (Short Take Off and Vertical Landing) aircraft at sea, for ultimate use on the Joint Strike Fighter.
The failure of an automatic landing system meant that aircraft could not land at the airport, and flights were diverted to the airports of Billund, Tirstrup, Aalborg and Sturup in Sweden, and to Hamburg in Germany.
They would not be necessary in the planned space plane - which comes equipped with a crew escape and automatic landing systems.
IAI is working on automatic landing systems for UAVs, to remove what is statistically the most hazardous aspect of UAV operations -- the human element.

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