Oh, and speaking of airline
myths, this bit from the article caught my eye:
Insult to injury, Pummer finishes up with that “for a job that
technology has made almost fully automated” bit. Pilots themselves
are partly to blame for propagating the mythology of cockpit
automation, so enamored we tend to be of our high-tech gizmos and
sophisticated planes. But again, the knowledge, training and
experience required to fly one of these “fully automated”
jetliners are vastly more substantial than Pummer and many others
would have you believe—especially when there's a problem or
emergency. That, more than anything, is what pilots are paid
for—not for the routine trip during which nothing out of the
ordinary happens, but for the times when something goes wrong.
someone with no flight training safely land an airliner? Plus:
Pilotless planes, overpaid pilots and other aviation
Heh. Sounds like our servers at The Company. For the most part, they
run themselves, and even the <shudder>control
panels</shudder> allow one to manage the server. But when things
go wrong, they go wrong and it takes a metric buttload of
experience to diagnose and fix the problem in those cases (and it's
certainly debatable if that's a form of progress or not).
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