Re: Habsheim accident (was: Re: Airbus Safer?)

Date:         12 Oct 98 00:02:06 
From:         ps2727@aol.com (PS2727)
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JF,

I think you are correct in that its a matter of trusting the new stuff,
but my point is that in a crisis situation it human nature to revert to
a "normal" way of doing things. Or to put it another way "old habits die
hard".

Ponder this, in a Cat 3 landing ( low visibility requiring full autoland
), pilots are trained to react to the autopilot not following the ILS
system down to the runway. The resulting GoAround is to be flown on the
autopilot, which has just malfunctioned causing said GoAround. Am I the
only person who sees the folly in this ? Sometimes the magic breaks, and
its nice to know that when I turn it off, its really off! Viva la
disconnet button!!!