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This Air Force Tech Could've Averted the Germanwings Crash

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Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System

The Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System is designed to prevent flights from hitting terrain by executing an automatic recovery maneuver when terrain impact is imminent. The system continuously compares trajectory prediction, terrain profile, and e

Credit: U.S. Air Force/graphic by Jet Fabara

An old aviators' joke goes like this: In the future, airline cockpit crews will consist of one pilot and a dog. The pilot is there to feed the dog, the dog is there to bite the pilot if he touches any of the controls.

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