An IT consultant who is also a commercial pilot recently unveiled an app he developed for use with a smart phone that can hijack flight simulation software.  He argues this kind of app could be used to hijack a real plane.  The Federal Aviation Administration disagrees.

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“You can use this system to modify approximately everything related to the navigation of the plane,” Teso told Forbes after his presentation. “That includes a lot of nasty things.”

He told the crowd that the tools also could be used to do things like change what’s on a pilot’s display screen or turn off the lights in the cockpit. With the Android app he created, he said, he could remotely control a plane by simply tapping preloaded commands like “Please Go Here” and the ominous “Visit Ground.”

 

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