I was reading up on fly-by-wire development, and I saw a short section about fly-by-wireless technology. It seems like a great idea, with the potential to lower costs, weight and complexity. I can see a possible scenario where it could be an issue, though:
- Two aircraft are very close together (e.g. on a runway or flying in formation).
- One pilot transmits commands through the aircraft's fly-by-wire system to other parts of the aircraft.
- The other aircraft accidentally receives the signal because it is so close.
- Things get very bad very quickly.
The thing is, I haven't been able to find any technical specifications regarding fly-by-wireless systems, and I have no idea if the transmission would be powerful enough to reach the other craft, nor if it would then be interpreted as actual data sent from that aircraft's pilot.
Is this cross-interference between fly-by-wireless systems possible? If so, how can it be mitigated?