Frank McLoughlin

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Frank McLoughlin
Posted over 1 year ago
Should passenger aircraft become fully automated (pilotless)?
I see there is a TED talk referring to the Hudson river event as a "Miracle landing". I'm sure it felt like that, but in fact it was the product of a large amount of knowledge, extreme professionalism, expert handling and fully engaged crew with instant response in the front end of the aircraft. Listening to the recording of the air traffic control conversation, the men on the ground could not have handled this - they had only just understood the situation when the aircraft was lined up on final approach. . When things go smoothly, remember the aviator's adage: "The superior pilot is the one who uses his superior knowledge to avoid situations which require him to use his superior skills." I would fly with Mr Sullenberger anywhere any time. Not so with a computer or ground crew in command.l.
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Frank McLoughlin
Posted over 1 year ago
Should passenger aircraft become fully automated (pilotless)?
Hudson river? Bird strike during climb out? Lots of people are alive because of the professionalism of Chesly Sullenberger. Ask one of the survivors of this incident! All commercial pilots have to undergo regular medical examinations and competence checks. The pilot of an airliner has a lot of help, and it is true that during a routine flight the job involves monitoring automated systems. This is to reduce the fatigue related problems. However, when something goes wrong, he really earns his corn. It is quite difficult and expensive to become a pilot. As a result almost all pilots are very enthusiastic flyers - they have invested a lot in the job. It is quite true that pilot error is the cause of many crashes. But it is also true that many more incidents which would cause crashes are avoided by the actions of the pilot.