SuseJ772 wrote:F9Animal wrote:This is statistically wrong. We are at the safest time in aviation history by far. While at the same time the highest amount of automation. Yes automation can be over relied on. But is has also saved untold thousands of lives. Which we will never know that number so a comparison is useless with the data we have.I find it rather disturbing that technology to prevent an accident, hinders a crew ability to save a plane when that technology fails. Can you imagine what those pilots faced in the final moments? At such a low altitude, troubleshooting is not much of an option, especially when they couldn't maintain level flight.
As my uncle once said.... We have become too reliant on technology, and stick and rudder days are pretty much gone. A "WTF" situation on takeoff has to be pretty horrifying.
the question is however... how much of this is due to automation versus better engineering and manufacturing of aircraft.
Watching crash investigation videos it seems like older incidents were largely manufacturing defects and uncovered faults, often saved by superior piloting, versus the more recent accidents are pilot error induced by over reliance on automation and the disconnect from pilots effectively being pilots.
Yes, I am sure automation has in many cases saved lives... but when automation fails, are we supposed to hit "control + Alt + Delete" and say "shit happens?"
Take a look at all of the Tesla crashes on auto pilot... MOST if not ALL accidents which would not happen had the driver actually been a driver instead of a passenger.
I feel automation is supposed to help the pilots... but it should not cross the line and make things more difficult for them to figure out the basics.