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(MSNBC)   One in four pilots fight fatigue, having to drag Walton and Lanier up and down the court for 48 minutes   (overheadbin.msnbc.msn.com) divider line 8
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2012-03-10 12:37:12 AM  
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As a current airline pilot, I'm finding some of these comments equal parts hilarious/enraging.

Yes, we use the autopilot most of the time, and for good reasons.

First, humans are absolutely horrible at doing mundane, monotonous tasks. Like holding a plane at an exact attitude for hours on end. George can hold altitude and heading better than I ever can because he never gets tired, or has a thought beyond "heading, altitude, airspeed." I've flown more than a few flights with the autopilot deferred, and you are wiped afterward. And I mean compared to me at the end of my normal 13hr duty day.

Second, with Jorje doing the mundane stuff, I'm now able to spend more time monitoring the plane (are we descending fast enough to make that crossing restriction?) and the environment (WTF is that little cessna doing 500ft below me? Which way does the radar suggest we go to get around these 70000ft tall thunderstorms? Lets see what altitude's got a better ride so you folks in the back have a smooth, enjoyable ride.)

Third, its to keep us fresh. think of your last trip from the states to Europe, or a car trip to Disney World. You were wiped when you got there, weren't you? Now imagine doing that for 4 straight days. I already alluded to it, but hand flying a 80000lb hunk of metal stable in a constantly changing environment going 500kts saps your strength like little else. I spend the first day home just recovering. You want me alert and on the ball when the weather goes to pot.

You want me up front when this (new window)happens. We're here for when something bad happens and the automated systems go, "fark it, you get this one."

And for the trouble of doing what I do, I'm paid the astronomical sum of $37927 (this past year). I've been doing this for 5 years now, I'm not a noob.

To fly this:
cdn-www.airliners.net

I don't demand $250k to do what I do. but then I fly "one of those little planes" that only kills 80 people when it crashes. However, I think that those that fly the A380s & 747s have earned those big paychecks. The guys & gals up front are responsible for every soul behind them.

Remember, when a doctor screws up, one person dies. And we're willing to pay them as much money as we can throw at them.

When a pilot screws up, 250 people die all at once. But god forbid we gotta pay more than $99 to go from one side of the planet to another in less than 18hrs.

Oh, and we quote Airplane constantly up front. We do spend most of our day in really thin air, in our defense...
2012-03-09 04:52:02 PM  
2 votes:
If subby isn't on TotalFark, I will sponsor them for a month. That is GOLD.
2012-03-09 03:13:32 PM  
2 votes:
Awesome headline. +1 lol.
2012-03-10 08:51:57 AM  
1 votes:
www.empireonline.com

LISTEN KID

/Been hearing that crap since UCLA
2012-03-10 02:38:40 AM  
1 votes:
The solution: keep 'em at 24,000. No, feet.

/it's an entirely different kind of flying, altogether
2012-03-09 11:43:07 PM  
1 votes:

CasperImproved: Should we point out that they are whining about a situation they themselves created?

If they did not require $250K plus salaries to fly what is currently a pretty automated process a monkey could perform, there would be more pilots in rotation. A bus driver could do what the majority of them are required to perform.


Holy crap. I have found the dumbest person on the planet. No, really, CasperImproved is just stupid as hell.
2012-03-09 11:01:43 PM  
1 votes:

CasperImproved: Should we point out that they are whining about a situation they themselves created?

If they did not require $250K plus salaries to fly what is currently a pretty automated process a monkey could perform, there would be more pilots in rotation. A bus driver could do what the majority of them are required to perform.


i.i.com.com
Get back to us when the "pretty automated process" becomes a completely automated process.
2012-03-09 06:34:03 PM  
1 votes:
Great headline, submitter
 
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