Re: Bygone era of information available to passengers...

Date:         11 Mar 99 03:54:26 
From: (Ron Parsons)
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In article <airliners.1999.240@ohare.Chicago.COM>, wrote:
>Adam Keys wrote:
>> I flew on an AA DC10 in May 1986 - this had a cockpit view of the take off (and
>> I think landing) and the crew communications on one of the sound channels.
>> Slightly disconcerting to be flying into Dallas having heard the crew being
>> warned about wind shear conditions.
>This is one of the main reasons most all airlines do not feature cockpit
>communications anymore.  The average passenger doesn't always
>understand what is being said, and the misinterpretation of what has
>been heard might cause fear, panic, or questioning of the flight crew.
>Nobody likes a back seat driver.
>Warnings such as the ones given for wind shear are a daily occurrence
>in the lives of most airline pilots, and are respected, but rarely call
>for doing much more than carrying a few extra knots to the runway,
>and being more critical of maintaining a stabilized approach.

Actually, AA discontinued the audio monitor solely because some lawyers
were plugging in tape recorders in the hope they could catch something on
tape so that they could file a suit for $$.