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AUVSI 2019: NASA pushing autopilot envelope for UAM

29th April 2019 - 23:48 GMT | by Helen Haxell in Chicago

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NASA’s Cessna LC40 UAM testbed flight research aircraft is being utilised to champion industry and the agency’s research efforts in the field of flight automation, safety and AI parameters.

The aircraft’s cockpit is equipped with the standard S-TEC autopilot alongside the recent application of MGL’s iEFIS Explorer System, a glass cockpit technology. Furthermore, it is a comprehensive navigation flight control, flight management and autopilot system. NASA decided to run both the systems in parallel onboard.

Also, with these technologies in mind there was an installation of an autopilot switch which permits an active autopilot on the aircraft. In March 2019

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Helen Haxell was Air Editor at Shephard Media, having joined in February 2016 as Editor …

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