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Helicopters and Software

- 2 June 2013, 09:06

A helicopter was flying around above Seattle
when an electrical malfunction disabled all
of the aircraft’s electronic navigation and
communications equipment.

Due to the clouds and haze, the pilot could
not determine the helicopter’s position.
The pilot saw a tall building, flew toward it,
circled, and held up a handwritten sign that said

“WHERE AM I?” in large letters.

People in the tall building quickly responded to
the aircraft, drew a large sign, and held it in a
building window.

Their sign said

The pilot smiled, waved, looked at his map,
determined the course to steer to SEATAC airport,
and landed safely. After they were on the ground,
the copilot asked the pilot how he had done it.

“I knew it had to be the Microsoft Building,
because they gave me a technically c


orrect but
completely useless answer.”

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