I attended an aviation club where a video was shown which depicts a fly-by-wire system for general aviation. The benefit of such a system is that a stall or unusual attitude is eliminated. The reception to the video was varied with some doubting that it would improve safety but one comment that caught my attention was that this advance removes the challenge of flying.
But progress is inevitable – here is a table of progress for general aviation planes, starting with the introduction of the aileron. So if you really wanted to go back to the old days, you would turn by warping the wing. Some pilots might enjoy the challenge of flying legacy (steam) gauges in a tail wheel plane without an autopilot in IMC but I would rather have all of the latest technology.
|Warped wing||Aileron||Easier to turn|
|Carburetor||Fuel injection||No ice build up|
|Hand flying||Auto pilot||Relieves pilot workload|
|Legacy gauges||Glass cockpit||More information|
|Hand Flying||Straight and level button||Easier recovery from unusual attitudes|
|Tail wheel||Tricycle||Easier to land|
|No fly by wire||Airbus style fly by wire*||Can’t put plane in unusual attitude|
|No BRS||BRS (parachute)||Safer|
*Not yet available for general aviation