NYT Article on issues with automation in modern cockpits

14 Mar 2019 20:33 #42213 by enrogue
A Worry for Some Pilots: Their Hands-On Flying Skills Are Lacking

www.nytimes.com/2019/03/14/business/automated-planes.html

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14 Mar 2019 21:13 #42214 by thebroons

If you lived with my brain you'd begin eviction proceedings...

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15 Mar 2019 09:43 #42215 by timi
The MCAS system by the way is specifically enabled during manual flight
to counter some aerodynamic changes the heavier engines of the 737 Max
are causing according to this article.
phys.org/news/2019-03-ethiopian-airlines-mcas-boeing-max.html

So if some software engineer didn't consider the case of sensors sending
erroneous data to the system and also if the pilots didn't receive any
training for this new system then there's not much one could have done
with those manual flying skills in the heat of the moment.

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15 Mar 2019 10:14 - 15 Mar 2019 10:23 #42216 by enrogue
But it says the flight control system can be overridden (it was in the case of the Lion Air aircraft on a flight the previous day apparently)

We obviously don't know all the details yet - it's going to be an interesting one to follow. I've been reading interesting papers on flight controls systems design recently & redundancy in both control system & inputs is a big part of it

EDIT: direct quote "The pilot will always be able to override the flight control law (MCAS) using electric trim or manual trim,"

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20 Mar 2019 20:07 #42252 by enrogue
A bit more detail in the following article

www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-03-...x-that-later-crashed

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