GNU compilers have been used in one of only two airliners with more than one million fatality free flight hours -- the output is certified vs the high and low level requirements by the equipment design team. Depending on Design Assurance Level a tool qualification is done by the design team. They also are used with VXWORKS -- flying on many systems on the 787
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.