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Features December 2016 Issue

Pilot Monitoring

Not only did the Colgan flight crew fail to accurately monitor the flight themselves, they disabled, and possibly misinterpreted, automated monitoring systems. The NTSB animations can be found on YouTube.

Pilot Monitoring

How do you get the most help from your avionics without abdicating your PIC responsibility to a bunch of heartless transistors? Simple: always know what to watch for.

To assume that an aircraft automation system has a will of its own and will try to kill us would be anthropomorphic. Autopilots and other automation systems have not reached that stage of sophistication. Not yet. What can—and too often does—happen, however, is that flight crews turn the flying duties over to the autopilot and relax. With frightening repetition, this ends in disaster.

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