Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Science: Of Avionics

There's a revolution in aeroplane design waiting in the wings...

Well, at least those of us who fly Boeing 737s often enough. No, it has nothing to do with any fancy fly-by-wire or similar mission critical applications. Nevertheless, it is important and in more ways than one. Yes, I am talking about the flight attendant call button finally being decoupled from the reading light one. Of course, they were never literally coupled, but on every single plane I flew on they were right next to each other, and with no difference in the design to speak of. It took concentration not to call cabin crew when one wanted to read, and not blind oneself when one needed a cup of coffee, either. Now, at least on new Boeing 737 planes this will no longer be a problem. One must wonder if people who design aircraft interiors actually ever fly those same aircraft. My guess is that either they don't, or don't ever call cabin crew, or don't ever read anything (at least on the plane). Probably just sit and stare enchanted with the beauty of that coat hanger they so lovingly designed. Joke and jest aside, let's hope other aircraft manufacturers follow suit, and on the double. I also wouldn't mind this brilliant solution being retrofitted to entire fleets of old planes, too!

Lastly, it is a sad comment indeed that this little factoid is actually serious news...