Flight Control System Virtually Eliminates Pilot Error

The L1 adaptive flight control system installed in an aircraft. (Maj. Miguel J. Carreras)

The L1 adaptive flight control system maintains aircraft performance and maneuverability even in the presence of severe failures - ultimately increasing aircraft safety, resilience to critical failures, and ease of operation for human pilots, as well as autopilots, in extreme conditions.

L1 adaptive control has overcome some of the major limitations of conventional adaptive control systems by providing predictable robustness guarantees in the presence of a large class of uncertainties. It has the potential to revolutionize aircraft safety by greatly diminishing the possibility of pilot error during high workload maneuvers.