Avionics Report

June 1999 Issue

FADEC’s Future

Our survey suggests the market is ready for electronic engine controls but there are plenty of skeptics, too.

In some circles, itís an article of faith that digital engine controls are a done deal; merely a matter of time. Considering how thoroughly electronics have penetrated the consumer and automotive markets, aviationís Luddite resistance must soon crumble.

Or perhaps not.

Last fall, we reported on major developments in electronic engine controls, specifically full-authority digital engine control research being conducted by Aerosance, Inc. and by Lycoming, in conjunction with Unison Industries, which has already dabbled in electronics with its LASAR magnetos.

The underlying assumption is that these companies see market demand for electronic engine controls while at the same time a...

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