FLY BY WIRE OR FLY BY PILOT
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
Airbus is struggling with a string of inexplicable crashes that will likely be found to have computers as a contributing factor. Airbus is not at fault. Airline companies have demanded manufacturers produce planes that rely less and less on pilots and more on computers.
Computers will fly into mountains with smiles on their monitors while obsolete pilots try to figure out what the hell is happening.
It’s of no use to switch off a faulty auto pilot and turn to manual when a dozen computers are still feeding the navaids bullshit info.
It’s time pilots were given back the responsibility for flying an aircraft and it’s time airline companies stop demanding that computers replace them.
Computers can never make the rational decisions so often needed and there is no greater computer available to an aircraft than the human brain.
Last night’s crash of Germanwings 4U 9525 has some disturbing elements reminiscent of MH370. No communication, other than to declare an “emergency”, no Mayday and no apparent reason for rapidly descending, on a constant heading, into an inaccessible environment where it’s certain all lives will be lost.
Let’s hope these black boxes reveal more than what just happened to Germanwings 4U 9525.