Active System Control: Future

  • Igor Schagaev
  • Brian Robinson Kirk
  • Kai Goebel


This chapter summarises what has been developed and indicates the next steps of research, essential developments and how our approach using active system control (ASC) can be applied to aircraft design.

At first, we briefly discuss how the classification of aircraft (introduced in Chap.  1) can help us to apply the implementation of ASC in aviation. We also present how properties such performance, reliability and efficiency (energy efficiency, maintenance efficiency) can be pursued and achieved.

We compare two sections of an aircraft’s life-cycle, design development and application, and we then analyse what can be done within each to implement active system control.

We briefly reiterate from earlier chapters all the essential steps of what an active system control system must do. Additionally, we describe which existing techniques and methods can be applied for various segments of a dependency matrix to make the system of ASC efficient. Special attention is reserved for the role of prognostic analysis and the essential steps of acquiring and using active knowledge about the state of the aircraft.

Finally, we describe the implementation aspect of ASC in terms of the required hardware and system software, what an “active” black box should be doing and how it can satisfy new system requirements.


Active system control Aircraft classification Performance-reliability Energy-smart systems Life-cycle of aircraft design Life-cycle of aircraft application Maintenance Risk and information profile Functions of active system control Methods of implementation for a dependency matrix System design Software architecture Active black box 



Active system control


Dependency matrix


Flight health monitoring


Fault tree analysis


Graph logic model


Group method of data handling




Neural networking



This chapter as well as the book has been the product of efforts of several people. We would like to thank Kai Goebel for his contribution to this chapter. We would also like to thank Jean Luc Marchand for his constructive suggestions for improving the book; he has (in our humble opinion) made a significant contribution in Eurocontrol and DG Research in aerospace. Of course, “perfection” cannot be reached, but the reviewers’ feedback has been welcome and constructively used. Regarding chapter organisation and design, Simon Monkman made good comments, and all pictures we have were designed and created by him with the quality that is well beyond our reach!

Constant support and friendly advice from Springer Editor Mary James made this chapter completed almost on time. Mr Jonathan Guest and his colleagues from FlightGlobal (RBI) have stoically addressed, promoted and distributed the concept of active system control as a vision of the future of aviation; we thank them for their support. We sincerely appreciate all of their help and offer our heartfelt thanks; sometimes it is nice to be appreciated!


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Igor Schagaev
    • 1
  • Brian Robinson Kirk
    • 2
  • Kai Goebel
    • 3
  1. 1.IT-ACS LtdStevenageUK
  2. 2.Robinson Systems Engineering LtdPainswickUK
  3. 3.Prognostics Center of Excellence, NASA Ames Research CenterMoffett FieldUSA

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