Brief Intro:

As the term implies, fly by wire (FBW) replaces conventional mechanical flight controls with an electronic interface. The pilot’s movements of the flight controls are converted to electrical signals, which are interpreted by the flight control computers.


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Fly by Wire

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In an airplane, there are digital and analog controls. The Fly-by-wire concept provides more modern, lighter-weight digital controls to pilots using computer software. The joy stick to the right of the pilot controls the fly-by-wire system much like a joy stick on a video game. It transmits a signal to the digital system to affect a change desired by the pilot.
All digital systems have redundant back-ups – usually tripled or quadrupled. These are in the form of computers that will be available if something happens to the first fly-by-wire computer. The computer essentially controls the hundreds of routine calculations and digital systems to manage flight. These automated systems assist the pilot with artificial intelligence to inform their flight.

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