Navy Tested the MAGIC CARPET Software to Assist F/A-18E/F/G Landing
on Aircraft Carriers
The US Navy recently field-tested its new Maritime Augmented Guidance
with Integrated Controls for Carrier Approach and Recovery Precision
Enabling Technologies (MAGIC CARPET) software. The goal of the software
is to automatically assist F/A-18E/F Super Hornets and E/A-18G Growlers
during their carrier landing phase.
OCEAN (April 20, 2015) An F/A-18E Super Hornet attached to Air Test
and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 lands on the flight deck of the aircraft
carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is conducting
training exercises in the Atlantic Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication
Specialist Seaman Christopher D. Gaines/Released)
underway marked the first use of the MAGIC CARPET technology on an aircraft
carrier," said Lt. Cmdr. Dan Marzluff, assistant air operations
officer. "This software greatly reduces misses and wave-offs, which
translates into more time on-mission and makes us an overall more effective
MAGIC CARPET is software designed for F/A-18E/F/G aircraft that automatically
adjusts the jet's speed and angle of attack in relation to the intended
landing surface. Initial tests of the system took place in early February
at Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md.
"The majority of flight operations with the system were touch-and-goes,"
said Marzluff. "We didn't have to actually land to determine how
the software takes the aircraft to the flight deck."