Re: Driverless cars o/t
Posted by Stuart on April 21, 2021, 8:19 am, in reply to "Re: Driverless cars o/t"
Hi Lannis, |
>A younger guy, who knew how to operate a simulator but apparently didn't know how to fly an airplane,
Your understanding of airline pilot training is not correct.
One of the contributory factors to the AF447 crash was the aircraft was over the Atlantic between Brazil and Africa without any external references that would've told the pilot the computers were telling him bollocks.
Certainly here in GB, having taken the very first step and gained a Private Pilot's Licence, pretty-much the next step is instrument flying, when the pilot has to rely on instruments only. I doubt it's much different either in France (or the USA?). So instrument flying's pretty-much part of any pilot's psyche. When told two different things by two different instruments, no guarantee even an experienced pilot will ignore the one telling him (or her) bollocks. Another ACI is of a 737 that took off at night from an Egyptian Red Sea airport, airspeed indicator malfunctioned as the aircraft ascended; without external visual references, experienced captain thought other instruments had malfunctioned, tried to 'correct' and return to the airport; by the time the pilots could see the lights on land, it was too late ...
Nevertheless, we're drifting off the point of the thread. By-and-large, fly-by-wire computers in commercial airliners advise an experienced pilot what to do; otoh, modern drive-by-wire computers appear increasingly just to do it? Whatever the computer's programmers thought "it" should be for a given set of inputs.