Hooking a wire on a moving runway is a difficult feat; but, MAGIC CARPET, new Navy-developed software, is making the arduous aircraft carrier landing easier. The U.S. Navy and Boeing recently tested the technology during successful sea trials onboard the USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier.
MAGIC CARPET is short for Maritime Augmented Guidance with Integrated Controls for Carrier Approach and Recovery Precision Enabling Technologies. The flight control software helps guide pilots to the carrier deck. “We’ve provided a capability that is much easier to control and the landing precision is improved,” said James “Buddy” Denham, senior engineer at Naval Air Systems Command.
Boeing employees are working side by side with the U.S. Navy to integrate MAGIC CARPET into F/A-18E/F Super Hornets and EA-18G Growlers. “MAGIC CARPET is included in the joint Navy and Boeing flight plan to ensure the Super Hornet and Growler stay affordable and sustainable for decades to come,” said Dan Gillian, F/A-18E/F and EA-18G programs vice president.
Watch the video to experience the MAGIC CARPET assisted aircraft carrier landing through the eyes of a pilot and learn more about Boeing’s rich history of performing the trap, or arrested landing.