until the CYPRES was introduced at the start of 1991.
I was in the crowd at PIA '91 in Orlando when Helmut gave the first presentation about his new CYPRES.
His English was quite poor but he did struggle through to the end. Having spent a fair amount of time in Europe, I did not have too much trouble understanding him.
When he finished he asked if there were any questions. Ironically, the first question was from Cliff Schmucker, an electical engineer, about the possibility of a firing when the pilot keys the mike to alert the local ATC. A slight pawl went over the room as most people thought one would get an instant reserve.
I think that question probably did more to slow the acceptance of the electronic AAD until the Piras fatality; as per TK above.
Just for those who might be interested,
(This post was edited by JerryBaumchen on Apr 15, 2012, 1:02 PM)