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Capn Eddie Ricketyback
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Wow, THIS ARTICLE struck a lot of my nerves.
For instance,
Perhaps most important, Mr. Nelson told roughly 600 pilots from around the globe that too many veteran aviators have come to view recurrent training sessions as an unwelcome annual or semiannual chore that can endanger their jobs if they perform poorly—rather than an opportunity to fine-tune skills, improve decision making and learn new safety concepts using increasingly realistic simulator technology.
It's a little surprising to me that it came from an executive of Airbus, a company that
... has built its reputation and product line around increasingly advanced uses of automation...

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Bob Ritchie
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When AIRBUS first began to produce the A-320 ALPA sent a pilot to France to write about the new aircraft. The title of the article and cover story on the AIR LINE PILOT mag. that month was HERE COMES THE ELECTRIC AIRLINER.

The ALPA pilot commented to the AIRBUS engineer that the side stick controllers would probably be difficult for pilots to use. The AIRBUS representative responded:

Quote: " can fly this aircraft with your left hand, you can fly it with your right hand, you can fly if with your big toe". "You don't have to fly it at all." "This aircraft will fly itself".

Even worse.... when the aircraft was first proposed it did not even have a control stick. It was designed to be flown hands off. Pilots were to just program the computers and push buttons. The French Air Line Pilot's Union told build it that way, you can park it on the ramp. We will not fly it!

So AIRBUS gave them little pacifiers in the form of side stick controllers.

Fact is AIRBUS has tried their best to engineer the pilots out of the cockpit. It is coming back to bite us now as many pilots have lost the necessary skill of manual flight.

Sounds like our executive now wants to blame pilots for becoming the very thing that AIRBUS helped to create. Automation dependent system monitors.

We dinosaurs saw it coming 35/40 years ago. It took a generation to show it's ugly head.

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