Flight Deck Automation by admin | Nov 26, 2013 | Aerospace, Aircraft, Airlines, pilots | 1 comment An interview with Dr. Margaret Klemm, PhD, ATP Associate Professor, Aeronautical Science Dept. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Please follow and like us: Like this:Like Loading... 1 Comment Olaf Gundersson on May 23, 2014 at 4:14 pm As a regional pilot, flying 4-5 legs a day, much of the flying is hand flown due to visual approaches at smaller airports, so it is easy to stay current and competent. On the long haul flights, where pilots may get 5-6 landings a month,currency and competence becomes a problem. The industry is behind this, though. They want 300 hour pilots as part of MPL. airliners are now being designed to be sold to developing countries and to be flown by very low time pilots who don’t have stick and rudder skills, but are taught more like systems operators. The crash of Air France 447, demonstrates that you need REAL pilots upfront ALL the time. A simple pitot tube clog sent an Airbus into the bottom of the South Atlantic, because the MPL operators of that aircraft didn’t know how to fly; rather they just responded to information w/out having a correlative or even application level of knowledge. Most of the Asian airlines are training pilots to be operators as well. They have to rely on over-automation, because they don’t have or want pilots flying theses planes. Submit a Comment Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.