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Aviation 8 Pages

Cockpit Automations Effects On Pilots Decision Making


Write a paper about cockpit automations effects on pilots decision making


Title: Cockpit Automations Effects On Pilots Decision Making
Length: 8 pages (2200 Words)
Style: APA



General aviation community perceives an automated aircraft to comprise of an integrated and advanced avionics system including a PFD (primary flight display), a MFD (multifunction display), an instrument-certified GPS (global positioning system) and a wholly integrated autopilot. Nevertheless, automation is certainly the single most significant advance as far as aviation technologies are concerned. Pilots are virtually reliant on what is referred to as automated flight planning tools plus electronic databases for flight planning. Worth noting is that planning the flight through the conventional techniques such as laying out charts and use of POH (pilot’s operating handbook) has been abandoned altogether.     


Irrespective of methods chosen or used to plan a flight, the need to remember to check plus confirm calculations does not go away. Nearly the entire aviation community holds that automation has made flying a safe experience. Though, there remains fear that pilots have also failed to see automation as a double-edged sword. Indeed, there have been suggestions that pilots must understand the benefits associated with automation while acknowledging its constraints. Experience has demonstrated that automated systems can make errors more obvious, and at times make them less obvious. A 2005 BALPA (British Airline Pilots Association) report raised questions about the manner in which airline pilots are trained to rely on automation (Dismukes et al, 2007). The body observed that the modern environment can lead to a lack of elementary flying skills plus inability to deal with an in-flight emergency including mechanical failures. All in all, the British union hinted that automation could be degrading pilot’s decision making and thus endangering passenger safety.


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