Old 28th Dec 2010, 08:39
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Originally Posted by BOAC View Post
We need to identify (and gently coax away) the source of the mindset that needs to re-engage the A/P with 'unseemly haste'.
Exactly as you speak, BOAC, all agreed. The automation is not the problem, it is a just a simple tool. When NDBs came, all learned that the tool has limitations, i.e. the night shift (my english vocabulary reached limits here). Same for ILS false lobes. Training against autopilot misbehaviour is only half the story. Back to basics, it is a triangle: man-task-machine. Once this is explained, cockpit automation becomes just another tool just like a power steering on a car. Those not trained for AP use may face dire consequences one day. Not the consequences of AP, but consequences of their inproper understanding.

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