Yesterday it was exactly 11 years ago..
On January 15, 2009, Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger landed an Airbus A320-214 in New York’s freezing Hudson River following a bird strike-induced loss of both engines. All 155 passengers and crew on board US Airways Flight 1549 survived.
In this incident a collision with a flock of geese at low altitude caused both engines of the plane to lose thrust. Captain Sullenberger immediately lowered the aircraft’s nose to optimise glide speed and weighed up his options including turning back to LaGuardia Airport or landing at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey.
AIRBUS SUCCESSFULLY TESTED THE FIRST AUTOMATED TAKE-OFF USING IMAGE RECOGNITION TECHNOLOGY RATHER THAN INSTRUMENT LANDING SYSTEM.
Airbus announced yesterday that it has successfully performed the first fully automatic vision-based take-off using an Airbus Family test aircraft
The “vision-based take-off” took place at Toulouse-Blagnac airport in France in December with a crew comprising two pilots and test engineers.. It was an important milestone in the use of image recognition technology to allow aircraft to navigate and detect obstacles during take-off, taxi, approach and landing.
The Airbus test aircraft conducted a total of eight take-offs over a period of four and a half hours as part of a wider Autonomous Taxi, Take-Off & Landing Project launched to understand the impact of autonomous technologies in aircraft.
Airbus test pilot Capt. Yann Beaufils said the aircraft performed as expected during the tests.
“While completing alignment on the runway, waiting for clearance from air traffic control, we engaged the auto-pilot,” he said.
“We moved the throttle levers to the take-off setting and we monitored the aircraft.
“ It started to move and accelerate automatically maintaining the runway centerline, at the exact rotation speed as entered in the system. The nose of the aircraft began to lift up automatically to take the expected take-off pitch value and a few seconds later we were airborne.”
The next steps in the project will see automatic vision-based taxi and landing sequences taking place by mid-2020.
I really like it when the left pilot want to pull the joystick and the right one touch his arm like : "NO NO , Not this time" •
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