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SHEDDING pounds isn't just a preoccupation of dieters, it is a prime concern for aircraft builders too. In a bid to cut weight to the minimum they are considering the controversial move of getting rid of the huge quantity of copper wiring used in modern planes and replacing it with a series of wireless networks.
Users of Wi-Fi may be forgiven for wondering if this is wise. Reliability is not one of the defining characteristics of existing wireless networks, so employing them to operate a plane's flight systems might seem a little risky. But if they can be made robust, such "fly-by-wireless" networks have the potential to improve reliability and possibly even make flying a little less environmentally damaging.
Originally posted by Zaphod58
The major use of this would most likely be military. Fly-by-wire made fighters and even large aircraft more maneuverable, so imagine what fly-by-wireless could do for say an F-16 sized fighter, or even an F-22.