In his recent Viewpoint, “Not Even Close: The Better Choice for LAS” (AW&ST April 15, p. 58), Fred George identifies “significant differences” between Beechcraft's AT-6 and Embraer's Super Tucano aircraft, both competing for the hotly contested U.S. Air Force (USAF) Light Air Support (LAS) bid. However, his opinion of those differences ignores significant facts and badly misuses others in an attempt to substantiate his view.
With its relentless push towards driverless cars, intelligent-highway data links, fuel-efficient aerdynamics and low-cost composite bodies, the automotive industry appears to be on a course of technology convergence with aerospace. What can automotive manufacturers learn from aviation’s long experience with safety-critical systems and leaning position in unmanned technologies? And what could aerospace gain from automotive’s low cost targets, fast development cycles and mass production processes?...More