Re: Plane crashes and other accidents

ChuckKuecker (
Fri, 17 Apr 1998 11:23:54 -0500 (CDT)

At 03:21 PM 4/16/98 EDT, you wrote:
>Ive read that many airplane accidents (mostly electrical malfunctions,
>sometimes causing accidents) are linked to wave bursts from the sun (I cant
>remember what they're called).

Solar flares? These can disrupt radio communications, but is there enough
energy to actually addle the avionics?

One thing that troubles me is how blasted sensitive they are to outside
interference. There is no reason that there should be a restriction on the
use of computers, etc. on board aircraft unless the avionics are just so
badly designed and shielded that they can't reject out of band interference..

Chuck Kuecker