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Airbus Helicopters developing autonomous landing system


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The technology already exists for brownout/IMC/sea state, etc. under “normal” conditions. The software can already pass positive testing with no issues.

The problem is defining the requirements for negative software testing, and setting the requirements for choosing between two sub-optimal solutions. This is the same issue self-driving cars are still trying to solve in the mixed human/machine space.


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Airbus Helicopters is crushing it...

Airbus Helicopters’ figures for civil business in 2017 are as follows:

  • Orders: 350 (gross)
  • Deliveries: 409
  • Compared to 2016, deliveries were down nine units.
  • Airbus received 335 in net orders in 2017, which is down 18 compared to 2016.
  • Overall backlog at the end of 2017 was 692 helicopters.
  • In 2017, Airbus had 50% of the market share worldwide for rotorcraft delivered to the civil and parapublic markets.
  • The General Aviation Manufacturers Association showed in its shipments and billings report that Airbus was leading the way for rotorcraft, both in the third quarter of 2017 and in the year as a whole.
  • Once again, there were no bookings for heavy helicopters in the oil and gas market, but the H175 has proven capability in that sector.
  • The Super Puma had a record year with 54 units booked.