|Posted : 13 Jan, 2016 15:55:03
Pilots depend too much on automation
In an audit report published recently, US Department of Transportation (DoT) said, "Several recent accidents, including the July 2013 crash of Asiana Airlines flight 214" prove that pilots are relying too much on automated systems. Those instances showed that pilots who typically rely on automation can be prone to errors during emergency situations and in any event wherein they have to switch to manual controls.
The report continued: As a result, reliance on automation is a growing concern among industry experts, who have also questioned whether pilots are provided enough training and experience to maintain manual flying proficiency.
Advancements in technology contribute to "diminished manual flying skills," the DOT said, which is dangerous as studies show pilots overestimate their ability to navigate a plane in manual mode. To ensure the safety of passengers, the agency wants the Federal Aviation AdministrationFAA to develop guidelines airlines can use to train and evaluate their pilots. It also believes the FAA should conjure up standards on how to determine if they've received sufficient training to be able to fly planes on their own, according to media reports. -abdullah