Old 13th Apr 2019, 14:14
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Water pilot
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Washington state
Posts: 209
The problem is how to get to the “fly the plane for a year or two with no incidents” part. The airliners will not want to fly an empty plane and unlike 9/11 the public can easily chose to flya different one.

I don’t think a software patch will cut it, we all have experience with software patches.

I think the best thing to do is either redesign the AOA sensors or add more of them, even if not “medically necessary”. A sensor that could perform a physical self test may be an approach to consider, built in sense points (led? Magnetic?) to verify that the vane is pointing more or less where we think it is.

Of course fixing the areodynamics would be the best solution, perhaps a flap welded on somewhere or the like.

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