From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Dick Mills) Organization: Power Technologies Inc. Date: 22 Jun 95 03:07:38 References: 1 2 3
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Isn't the crux of the problem that the pilot who supervises the automated system is sometimes uninformed or misinformed about the system is doing and why? It's not limited to the Airbus. In the crash of the French commuter plane last winter they cited an autopilot which would compensate for icing without pilot's awareness until suddenly; oops! The crash of Sweden's first JAS fighter some years ago was blamed on automated software doing things in a certain regime that the pilot didn't understand or react correctly to. Men [and women of course] can operate very complicated machines reliably, provided that they understand the machines current and expected behavior totally at all times. I believe that when failures are caused by automation, it is violation of this principle to blame most often. Does anybody agree?