This project implemented a simulation/analytical model of wireless communication in a typical aircraft for the purpose of determining feasibility of wireless communication in essential and critical aircraft systems.
This project developed and validated a model of performance of wireless communication within the environment of a real aircraft. The model was subsequently used to determine the viability of using wireless communication to interlink aircraft systems and specifically to determine whether wireless communication technologies could be used in essential or critical aircraft systems.
The model was validated in a ground based aircraft setting with portable computers acting as nodes within a wireless communication network. The impact of passive and active components within the aircraft (structural components, engines, existing electronic and electro-hydraulic subsystems) was evaluated at both physical and protocol layers.
The study concluded that wireless communication is suitable for aircraft applications.