Automation at its best.
That 9.1 G recovery...
Automation at its best.
"The genius of you Americans is that you make no clear-cut stupid moves, only complicated stupid moves which make us wonder at the possibility that there may be something to them we are missing." - Gamal Abdel Nasser
That's truly terrifying...After only 22 sec., the F-16 was nose-down almost 50 deg. below the horizon and going supersonic. The shocked instructor called “2 recover!” as the student passed 12,320 ft. at 587 kt. Two seconds later, with the nose down in a 55-deg. dive, altitude at 10,800 ft. and speed passing 613 kt., the worried instructor again calls “2 recover!” In a little less than another 2 sec., as the now frantic instructor makes a third call for the student pilot to pull up, the Auto-GCAS executes a recovery maneuver at 8,760 ft. and 652 kt.
The pilot owes a team of engineers at Lockheed some top shelf scotch.
Awesome technology, but what happens if a pilot stays unconscious?!?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1999_S..._Learjet_crash where you have an aircraft flying for miles, and miles with no one at the controls not knowing where it may end up. So I'm all for the system itself, I'm just curious, as to the safeguards put in place for the situation I described.
The situation you are describing is technically possible but unlikely without a specific chain of events occurring.
The pilot would have to get into a situation where he suffered G-LOC. G-LOC incapacitates a pilot for an average of 12 seconds, with another ~15 seconds of confusion after regaining consciousness.
This is plenty of time for an F-16 on full burner to go from controlled flight maneuvers to being a flaming wreck on the ground without an automated system to avoid such a fate. It isn't enough time for the aircraft to depart an area like the ~5000 square mile Nevada Testing and Training Range.
An F-16 at full afterburner like the one in the video can plough through >64,000 lbs of fuel an hour. Thats maybe 20 minutes of flight assuming it is loaded up with as many external fuel tanks as it can carry (unlikely for BFM maneuvers), so there's a good chance it never makes it back to civilization even if the pilot never recovers control.
Last edited by SteveDaPirate; 16 Sep 16, at 20:17.
http://www.gazettenet.com/Archives/2.../f15-hg-072115 Again in no way whatsoever, am I knocking the system. It'll be a life saver! But in the case of the Eagle, what happens if the pilot stays unconscious? Especially here on the east coast.
At that point the pilot is probably screwed if he isn't dead already and is unable to eject. The good news for the folks on the ground is that due to the Auto-GCAS expending all the jet fuel prior to the aircraft crashing, the potential for a huge explosion and subsequent fire is greatly reduced as it's now just a hunk of metal hitting the ground.
I don't know how long fighters can maintain hydraulics after the engines die from lack of fuel. If it is a sufficiently long time, the Auto-GCAS may actually bring the fighter down "relatively" slowly as it continues to attempt to keep it from nose diving towards the ground.
Aviation, like the sea, is terribly unforgiving.
Use enough gun
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