Re: External inspection

Date:         23 Dec 98 03:52:41 
From:         JF Mezei <>
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Karl Swartz wrote:
> nuts.  It's also increasingly the case that flight crews are trained
> in managing the automation, sacrificing basic systems knowledge, so
> they aren't equipped to deal with what happens when those systems
> fail you.

Before someone gets to fly those fancy automated passenger planes,
doesn't he/she *HAVE* to start with small planes such as CESSNAs and
progress upwards as their experience/fliying hours increase ?

If that is the case, isn't flying "manual" somewhat like riding a bike,
something you don't really forget ? So, when your instruments fail you
on one of them fancy planes, shouldn't the pilots still be able to fly
by the seat of their pants which is what they did when they started off
on those small planes ?

Also just curious, if the airspeed indicator is inop, shouldn't the
pilot still be able to get some idea of his speed through the INS/GPS
systems which would provide ground speed ?