Am I the only one?
Just a quick note here…I just read “Air France jet’s flight-control system under scrutiny” in the Los Angeles Times. These two paragraphs reminded me what
bothers me about today’s airliners:
One of the messages reported that one of the plane’s navigational control units had failed and that, almost simultaneously, the autopilot system had disengaged.
The sequence of events forced the crew of Flight 447 to fly the jet manually, a difficult task on an Airbus traveling at high altitude near its maximum speed, aviation experts said. Any significant change in airspeed could have caused the plane to lose lift or stability, both potentially deadly conditions.
There’s a lot in these two paragraphs, but the two points I take away is:
- Airliners have automated systems that pilots rely on during flight — even “straight and level” flight.
- Pilots could lack the skills necessary to fly the aircraft if those automated systems fail.
Isn’t anyone else bothered by this?
Thanks to @MattHammer on Twitter for sharing the link.