NEWS ARTICLE: Voss Says Pilots Must Back Up Automation
It used to be said that pilots’ focus should be outside of the cockpit, that being fixed on her/his instruments would detract from the important task of scanning the skies.
Bill Voss, Flight Safety Foundation’s highly respected CEO, suggests that the computerization of the cockpit compels a new and different role-BACKING UP THE COMPUTER. Mr. Voss’ observation is that the cockpit crews overly rely on the data displayed on the CRTs and that the information generated by the computers is not always infallible. Consequently, he suggests that the training of these professionals needs to be revised to reflect this change in roles. Analytical thinking and the propensity to question the computer are skills that should be included in flight training.
Great suggestion, Mr.Voss, hopefully the airline’s training departments will amend their training syllabuses to include training for these critical skills.Share this article: