. Zeke, Pilotaydin, Pihero, respected airplane driver experts - I have questions, please.
I'm in the airline industry many years, not a pilot, an agent. I'm old school, I've worked with many a pilot over the years and argued with them, complemented them, disputed them, about lots of stuff. I've ridden in cockpit jumpseats in the good old days. Those guys didn't just manage a computer, they FLEW the airplane and for sure have my respect for their prowess after more than one hair-raising ride.
I've been here on a.net many a time with my criticisms -their union agendas, boundless egos and their other foibles. But, to a man, or woman, they ARE professionals. They do know how to handle their machines. They don't have death wishes. (that poor Germanwings dude excluded of course).
So what the heck is going on now? The recent spates of pilot-attributable disasters bothers me. There's AF447, the Asiana 777 in SFO
, the Indonesian AsiaExpress(?) , maybe MH370, and now this crash. All the above mentioned accidents appear to have the same basic cause: pilots lost situational awareness, or made really bad decisions. Similarly, there's also a huge non-disaster, (but one that could have been an accident of epic proportions, 'twas narrowly averted) - the QR
777 in MIA
that took off from the wrong intersection and almost didn't get airborne. I'd really like your opinions, Pihero, Pilotaydin, Zeke, et al. I know there's more of you.
It was a fairly new 738, so pretty clear it wasn't the aircraft. Concentrating on the folks up front does seem the right thing to do, the discussions above seem to point that way as well. What's happened; have pilots nowadays become just ''flight system managers?'' Aren't they taught to fly the darn things too? (sounds sarcastic but not intended that way).
Pilotaydin, you mention this ''somatogravic illusion.'' Never heard of that, but then I'm not a pilot. From previous discussion I take it thats something like vertigo. Accepting that, this can't be something that just came up, right? Isn't this something all pilots over the years have known about and trained for? What about military pilots? They fly supersonic jets, take all those g's, go rocketing off aircraft carriers or rough airfields in all weathers and situations. And they don't go flying themselves into the ocean or other terrain. I'm really asking here, what the heck is going on with commercial pilots???
..everything works out in the end.