Discussion in 'Other Aspects of Aviation Security' started by THawk996, Aug 31, 2011.
AP IMPACT: Automation in the air dulls pilot skill
The next generation ATC that is being rolled out will only increase that.
Most landings will become powered glides instead of the traditional "dive & fly". Air corriders will have more planes packed into them with lowered minimums.
Planes that don't meet the technical requirements might find themselves assigned to less efficient altitudes/routes or more likely to divert to secondary airports.
That has already happened with the implementation of RVSM in the US. It stands for "Revised Vertical Separation Minimums" which means that the altitude spacing between high level aircraft has been halved. It has resulted in the requirement for equipment (mainly altimeters and autopilots) upgrades and specific training for crews.
Is this trend for all aircraft, or just some that support it, like the Airbus? I remember talking to one pilot who said that landings were automated for Airbus (the 380?) and that pilots could not take control. This caused a near accident at a German airport when winds did something the automation didn't handle well. I'd prefer having that control in the hands of a pilot...
there are old pilots and there are bold pilots...
I doubt that's the case. Lots of aircraft types can do automated landings, but the pilots always have to be able to take to control, if for no other reason that they get the heck out of there, for example if you see a plane about to cross the runway ahead of you, or to follow instructions from ATC.
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