Boeing 747s still get critical updates via floppy disks
Apparently, the Boeing seven seven still uses floppy disks. This finding comes from a video tour of a British Airways seven, forty, seven by cybersecurity firm pen test partners that was displayed at the hackers conference. DEFCON British Airways recently retired it's seven, forty, seven fleet, which is how the firm was able to get this kind of usually exclusive access. The biggest takeaway from the tour for many however was the three and a half inch floppy drive. As a reminder for the young or forgetful eight three and a half inch floppy disk can only hold about one point, forty four megabytes that's less than one MP three of an average length song. Quoting his moto apparently, the drive is the seven forty sevens novelization database later and needs to be updated every twenty eight days as in some poor engineer has to visit seven, forty, seven, four, hundred and manually deliver updates or the planes wouldn't be able to fly, and it's not just the seven forty sevens per the verge. The majority of Boeing seven thirty sevens are also updated via floppy disks operators of these planes according to a two thousand fourteen aviation today report have binders full of floppy disks for all the avionics that they may need. That includes important information like airport's runways flightpaths and way points used by pilots to make flight plans. It also sounds horribly inefficient as while some systems may only require one floppy disk updates. Others could require as many as eight floppy discs end quote. Now the seven forty seven did debut in nineteen, eighty eight. So being designed originally with a floppy disk drive makes perfect sense, but it is surprising they've never added. Although. It turns out that a number of industries still use floppy disks or have only recently started to phase them out according to digital trends machines like once used for embroidery, some medical equipment, ATM's and. Aviation hardware all frequently still rely on floppy disks because the machinery was built to last for decades and is extremely expensive to replace. In fact, until just last year, the US Department of Defense was using eight inch floppy disks for the nuclear weapons. System.