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Old 18th Sep 2007, 17:59
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Wouldn't perhaps a wrong positive indication happen much more often than a real tailscrape that would be dangerous, but not be noticed in the plane?
(I'm not a pilot. Just a thought.)
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Old 18th Sep 2007, 18:06
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Modern technical reliability.

In answer to Lexif's query; No more than false engine fire alarms, or open cargo or entrance doors, or failed hydraulic or electric systems or false airspeed or altitude indications and so on and so on. What makes you think that indication systems on aircraft are less reliable than anywhere else?
Does your TV switch itself on at random?
Does your door open light in your car come on as you drive along the road?
Does your oven switch itself on or off when you least expect it?
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Old 19th Sep 2007, 01:19
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The underlying thought was just that it appears to me that tailstrikes that are not felt in the cockpit or at least the cabin are much rarer occurances than other safety problems for which warning systems have been integrated in aircraft - at least tailstrikes that were undetected, but endangered the safety of the flight or even caused crashes. I don't know if that's true, I just had the impression and wanted to introduce that angle into the discussion. And I surely don't want to be on the flight that makes a precedence.

I've surely heard of a lot more safety landings because of the failure of gear proximity switches or other devices that created an "gear unsafe" warning of sorts than of real landings with landing gears that failed in some way. (Thanks to the media that make a live TV event out of every airliner circeling to burn of fuel for an emergency landing. ) So I feel that even these important sensors fail a lot. On the other hand, I don't know how often (cargo) door sensors have prevented accidents, as the problems they are inteded to detect surely happen most of the time on the ground, and in flight failures only seldomly make the news...and cargo doors that open for real in flight are even more rare.

I know it's cynical, but this question surely turns up when designing a tailstrike warning system for an airliner. I would sure feel better if such a system was an option on the airliner I'm flying on as a passenger, though.

Just out of humble curiosity...when was the last time an airliner had an accident that could have been prevented by an indication in the cockpit?

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Old 20th Sep 2007, 17:42
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Jumping to assumptions

A question of the saucepan calling the kettle black perhaps!
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