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Should Airplanes Be Flying Themselves?
Excellent Vanity Fair article on the AF447 disaster, covering pilots' team-leadership skills, Clipper Skippers, Alternate Law, and autopilot design: 'There is an old truth in aviation that the reasons you get into trouble become the reasons you don’t get out of it.'

Also interesting:

'The best pilots discard the [autopilot] automation naturally when it becomes unhelpful, and again there appear to be some cultural traits involved. Simulator studies have shown that Irish pilots, for instance, will gleefully throw away their crutches, while Asian pilots will hang on tightly. It’s obvious that the Irish are right, but in the real world Sarter’s advice is hard to sell. The automation is simply too compelling. The operational benefits outweigh the costs. The trend is toward more of it, not less. And after throwing away their crutches, many pilots today would lack the wherewithal to walk.'

(via Gavin Sheridan)
airlines  automation  flight  flying  accidents  post-mortems  af447  air-france  autopilot  alerts  pilots  team-leaders  clipper-skippers  alternate-law 
november 2014 by jm
Socializing the Weather
so Met Eireann's crappy weather forecasts are actually just what they give out "for free"; if you pay extra, they have more accurate forecasts. what a scam for a govt department! Handily though, they are mandated by law to give out decent forecasts to pilots -- which are available online
eidw  taf  terminal-area-forecasts  aviation  flying  pilots  met-eireann  weather  forecasts  government 
august 2009 by jm

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