While fly-by-wire (FBW) flight controls have been used in military aviation for decades, only recently have they gained relatively broad acceptance in the civil aviation world. Although the Concorde was the first civil aircraft to utilize FBW flight controls, the design really became popularized with the production of the Airbus A320, and later the Boeing 777. While the application of FBW technology in civil aircraft has been generally well received, it has raised some important questions. ...

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