How do we monitor autopilots better? How do we stop just sitting and sorta watching the magic show? A major US airline training slide says ‘Active Monitoring’ works by: Visualizing the outcome. Acting to achieve the desired result. & Comparing expectations to reality. Look FOR something, not just AT something. I think they’re on to something. Monitoring has to be active, not passive enjoying the clever automation. What do you think of this? SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave
This Calvin cartoon is from 1992. I don’t think modern computers and 25 years of human factors research have changed the punch line. Thank goodness for skilled pilots!
Fighting complacency is not as exciting as fighting fires, but it’s a battle we will join many more times. We train for engine failures, electrical loss, and lots more. And we should practice multiple worst case failures. But we must also learn to handle ourselves on all those flights when nothing is going on. (Quote is from Coelho’s 2008 novel The Winner Stands Alone.)
We live in an amazing age, we can fly airplanes. Quote is Starfleet Captain Picard talking to Commander Riker, in the TV show Star Trek: The Next Generation, episode ‘Booby Trap’. Set in the year 2366.
It became public this month that Qatar Airways has fired all four pilots in the cockpit when their Boeing 777 tail broke a set of runway lights during takeoff from Miami International last September. They mistakenly left from an intersection thousands of feet short of the planned full runway length. It was a serious accident, no doubt. There was a visible tear to the aircraft’s skin, the pressure vessel was damaged, and MIA airport needed some new approach lights. The crew continued with the overwater thirteen plus hour flight uneventfully, apparently unaware of their close brush with disaster. But damage of … Continue reading We will not accept any kind of lapses