Design News: Engineers Drive a Light Aircraft Revival

“Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, general aviation is back.
Nearly exterminated in the 1980’s, the industry has recently seen a
jump in research, development, and production activity perhaps
unmatched in history.”

“Software plays a key role. ‘Typically, to certify software with
the FAA, you have to start off with all source code, and be capable
of testing all types of combo calls,’ says Vogel. He notes that
using an operating system such as Windows NT to do this ‘is an
extremely daunting task at the very least, if not impossible.”
Instead, engineers use open-source software so that they can
control the source code and track modifications they make to


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