• Pilot of Fly-By-Wire Helicopter Overruled by Computer. Six Dead

    From Larry Dighera@21:1/5 to All on Tue Jun 23 11:02:38 2020
    I was wondering when this might happen.

    Given the fact that Airbus airliners employ fly-by-wire control
    systems, when will we see a similar scenario killing hundreds of
    airline passengers?

    Oh, wait. This is very similar to what happened to two Boeing 737 MAX

    Perhaps Musk and Hawking are right about AI. :-) https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/elon-musk-artificial-intelligence-openai-neuralink-ai-warning-a8074821.html
    He's previously said that AI is “a fundamental risk” to the existence
    of human civilization.

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    Fly-By-Wire Helicopter, Military Pilot Had ‘Conflict’ Before Fatal
    Russ Niles June 21, 20209

    Canadian military authorities say the pilot of a Sikorsky CH-148
    Cyclone anti-submarine helicopter was apparently overruled by the
    aircraft’s fly-by-wire flight director and autopilot just before the
    aircraft crashed in the ocean off Greece on April 30. Preliminary
    assessment of the flight data recorder information recovered from the
    wreck of the helicopter, a military version of the S-92, showed the
    pilot had a “conflict” with the aircraft’s computer and the computer
    won. He and five other crew members were killed. Lt.-Gen. Alain
    Pelletier, commander of 1 Canadian Air Division, said the aircraft’s
    flight director ended up “in competition with the inputs that the
    pilot was trying to actually induce in order to set the recovery. That
    element of conflict resulted because of the flight-control inputs.”

    Pelletier said the series of inputs from the pilot created a scenario
    that had not been tested during development of the sophisticated
    control system but did not elaborate on what, exactly, the computer
    disagreed with. Those intricacies will be dealt with in a thorough investigation of the accident but in the meantime, Canada’s Cyclones
    have been cleared to resume flying. Pilots have been trained in the
    “very narrow band” of flight conditions they need to be aware of to
    avoid a repeat of the circumstances that caused the fatal crash. The
    flight manuals have also been amended. The ship-borne helicopter was
    returning to HMCS Fredericton after a NATO exercise when the crash
    occurred. The wreckage was recovered by an underwater drone from water
    more than 10,000 feet deep in the Ionian Sea and the remains of all
    the crew members have been identified. ================================================


    May 1, 2020 | News

    CH-148 Cyclone crashes in the Mediterranean Sea
    By Fred Vergneres

    A Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CH-148 Cyclone helicopter engaged in
    a NATO mission and carrying six members of the Canadian Armed Forces
    crashed in the Ionian Sea off the coast of Greece on Wednesday, April
    29. One victim, Ensign (Navy) First Class Abbigail Cowbrough, a Marine
    Systems Engineering Officer from Toronto, Ontario, was found dead and
    five members are missing.

    {Photos of six dead]

    From top left to right: Ensign (Navy) 1st Class Abbigail Cowbrough,
    Marine Systems Engineering Officer; Ensign (Navy) 1st Class Matthew
    Pyke, Naval Warfare Officer; Master Corporal Matthew Cousins, Airborne Electronic Sensor Operator; Captain Maxime Miron-Morin, Air Combat
    Systems Officer; Captain Kevin Hagen, Pilot; Captain Brenden Ian
    MacDonald, Pilot.

    According to military authorities, “the aircraft, recently acquired by
    the Canadian Army, was returning to the frigate Fredericton after a
    collective training mission with Turkish and Italian vessels when
    contact was lost at 6:52 p.m. local time.”

    The Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone was operating out of HMCS Fredericton as
    part of Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2). The ship departed
    Halifax, N.S. on January 20 for a six-month mission as part of
    Operation REASSURANCE, which includes the participation of more than
    900 Canadian soldiers. Since 2014, the operation aims to ensure the
    security and stability of Central and Eastern Europe, particularly
    with respect to Russia.

    For the time being, Harjit Sajjan, the Canadian Minister of Defence
    has stressed that “the cause of the accident remains ‘unknown’ and
    that the black boxes had been found“. The minister also said that the
    recorders will be brought back to Canada for analysis.

    The first official flight of the CH-148 Cyclone helicopter on October
    11, 2013, at 12 Wing Shearwater, Nova Scotia. On June 18, 2014, the
    Government of Canada announced that it has completed all required
    amendments to both the acquisition and long-term in-service support
    contracts with Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation for the acquisition and maintenance of 28 CH-148 Cyclone helicopters for the Royal Canadian
    Air Force. © Corporal True-dee McCarthy, 12 Wing Imaging Services,
    Faced with the accident, the Chief of the Defence Staff, General
    Jonathan Vance, decided “to ban all Canadian Armed Forces (CAF)
    Cyclones from flying until further notice” while specifying that it
    was “an operational pause“. This “layoff” is nonetheless another sign
    of distrust of this militarized version of the S-92, which after more
    than a decade of delays and cost overruns, is struggling to become
    fully operational. Originally scheduled for delivery in 2008, the
    first aircraft, which was not received by the CAF until 2015, has also
    proven to be unusable in operational condition due to a lack of
    equipment and software upgrades. With 18 deliveries out of the 28
    ordered, the Cyclone has only been officially operational in the
    Canadian Forces since 2018.

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