Modern passenger jets are highly computerized, with advances in technology constantly improving safety and efficiency. Between the plethora of measuring systems and the intelligent autopilot that does most of the flying on an average overseas long haul, it should come as no surprise that airliners are packing some serious computational power under the hood.
So, it stands to reason that there are some powerful computers in a typical passenger jet, maybe beneath the console or tucked away in various hidden compartments. What many of us were not expecting is a full-blown server room directly below the cockpit, but - according to one pilot of YouTube - that is exactly what is required.
In a video posted by a popular YouTuber and passenger jet pilot, bjornpilot shows off an entire room of server racks within the Airbus A350, one of the more modern airliners in user today. To the uninitiated, the so-called avionics compartment looks like it could be mining some serious cryptocurrency or powering an AI platform, but instead the entire system is there to keep the 319-ton A350 off the ground.
Check out the complex compartment below to fully appreciate what is required for modern passenger jets.
Watch as bjornpilot gives a full tour of the aircraft's cockpit and avionics compartment. Video Credit: bjornpilot/YouTube