I have dreamed of a BLACK BOX for General Aviation (GA) Aircraft as long as I have been flying ( my first flight I was only 6 days old ). This BLACK BOX I have dreamed of for so many years is a simple Central Computer to help relieve the pilot of some of the tedious, mundane duties not directly involved with actually flying the aircraft but must be remembered – a safety issue with me and most pilots. Better cars and other transportation vehicles have had such on-board computer controlled features for many years. It is simply amazing that GA aircraft are still basically based on 1930’s technology in most ways. The airliners and military aircraft are somewhat automated. Why isn’t GA? This paper is to plan out that dream, and then to make this dream a reality. If you have ANY inputs, please let me know!
First, the goal and how to achieve it. The purpose of this point paper is to document the design review of my desired BLACK BOX functions, assist in the design of the logic flow chart, and to assist in the actual design and manufacture of the BLACK BOX to build it. Important: This, or any other BLACK BOX, needs to have separate internal system cards so that any one or more system failures will not stop the proper function of the remaining aircraft systems. Another beauty of having independent cards, if the builder/pilot does not want to hook up and / or allow a system to be automatically controlled by the BLACK BOX, s/he can do so by just shutting the switch OFF. This BLACK BOX should also have a test mode to verify it’s proper operation before each flight, and have a setting for maintenance checks so it can be tested in conjunction with gear swings, airspeed checks, throttle position, etc. < BIG snip >
NEWS — I came across this company ( 08/14/2007 ) who has an *excellent* start on what I’ve always wanted in my JD’s Black Box for sooo long! They seem to be amenable to adding most any additional feature a pilot would want, as long as it benefits most all pilots — not one-offs. Contact Marc Ausman via e-mail outlining what you want for additions. Just go to Vertical Power’s web site to be WOW’d!