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(Reuters)   If the NTSB has its way those Amazon drones will be piloted by leprechauns and garden gnomes   ( divider line
    More: Interesting, Asiana Airlines, garden gnomes, National Transportation Safety Board, regional airliner, major airline, Transportation Safety Board, Colgan Air  
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2013-12-10 09:16:42 AM  
My airline had a "maximum use" policy on automation. We hated it because we wanted to fly airplanes, not watch them fly.

During simulator check rides when you're flying with an engine out, bad weather, and all kinds of stuff going wrong, it was much easier and safer to disconnect the automation and hand fly. This immediately eliminated the question of "what inputs are being made to the controls" or "where is it navigating to" because you were making the inputs, freeing you to focus on flying instead of watching.

Of course we go dinged for that by the evaluator every time.
2013-12-10 09:55:52 AM  
In before:

I'm gonna shoot all the drones down that I see and take their stuff, just like I shoot the mailman every day and every delivery truck driver and also have you heard about these miraculous places called stores?  They literally have hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of goods unprotected.  You can just waltz right in with a gun and take whatever you want!
2013-12-10 10:14:12 AM  
"Boeing declined to comment."  Yeah, well they are legally bound to do so.   Parties to an NTSB investigation are not permitted to make independent public statements.
2013-12-10 11:02:00 AM  
Amazon Lucky Charms and Travelocity drones will be piloted by leprechauns and garden gnomes


/wouldn't put it past them
//Keebler and Peter Jackson close behind
2013-12-10 01:12:02 PM  
This is not the first, nor will it be the last accident involving semi-automation. There is an ASRS report filed nearly every other day for aircraft approaching LAX whose pilot has his head down programming the FMS while getting rapid changes from ATC and subsequently blowing right through an assigned altitude or published course.

Congestion, lack of routine rest, and reliance on semi-automation are a growing storm. My guess is that there will be a strong push to fully automate aircraft from gate to gate within 20 years (the only things slowing it down being economic inertia and public perception).
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