Sticking The Landing: U.S. Navy Software Eases Aircraft Carrier Landings
The U.S. Navy finished testing of a technology designed to make aircraft carrier landings safer, more efficient and easier for both pilot and aircraft, during the last week of June. The tests of the Navy’s Maritime Augmented Guidance with Integrated Controls for Carrier Approach and Recovery Precision Enabling Technologies—known in the aviation community as “Magic Carpet,” took place aboard the aircraft carrier CVN 73 USS George Washington.
Through software changes to the aircraft’s integrated controls, Magic Carpet in F/A-18E/F Super Hornets and EA-18G Growlers alters the jets’ angle of attack for the proper glidepath through relatively small and quick wing adjustment—similar to the flaring of a bird’s wings. The software makes carrier landings much easier and safer for pilots.
The technology decouples glideslope, angle of attack and lineup as the aircraft approaches the carrier, says Capt. David Kindley, the F/A-18 & EA-18G program manager. Pilots can adjust glideslope without changing the power.