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Air Industry Faces Public’s Perception of Safety

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When Airbus disclosed last month that it had discovered dozens of hairline cracks in a wing component of several of its A380 jets, the news was followed by worrying headlines that ricocheted online. The fact that those cracks did not, in the view of aviation regulators or independent safety experts, pose an imminent safety risk was noted in most of those reports. But the impression of a potential emergency lingered. (www.nytimes.com) More...

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houtxpilot
houtxpilot 2
I fly the Airbus for a major US airline and I routinely turn off the autothrust and hand fly the airplane. Not a big deal.
preacher1
preacher1 1
That's against company policy for some carriers.lol!!!! I don't blame you, though.lol
preacher1
preacher1 1
At least you know how.lol
DashTrash
DashTrash 1
Never met a pilot who didn't.
preacher1
preacher1 1
Your key word there is PILOT.lol
DashTrash
DashTrash 1
Pretty much every flight in the Dash and X I hand flew below 10K. Might even cancel the flight director and fly a raw data approach a few times a week. Seemed like most guys did the same.

MEL'd autopilot = inconvenience, but no big deal.
HunterTS4
Toby Sharp 2
"Those Pilot's don't fly anymore.......the autopilot does everything" That's my personal favorite
preacher1
preacher1 1
If they only knew.lol
WALLACE24
WALLACE24 1
If they only knew how often an autopilot goes beserk!
preacher1
preacher1 2
IF THEY ONLY KNEW!!!! Just ask me about my last trip KMEM-KAT filling in on one of DAL's ragged 9's. Friend of mine the other day said he was on a UNITED from JFK to LAX. He lost his out over PA somewhere. He was experienced with 20,000 plus hrs; hand flew it all the way out. Like me, it scared his FO to death. That's what's scary.
WALLACE24
WALLACE24 2
Big Iron doesn't mean the're exempt from glitches or failures, ehh!!!
preacher1
preacher1 1
No, but like I said, both times it scared the FO to death, and mine told me that if had been his regular captain on the flight that he would have turned around, and went back to KATL, probably declaring emergency. This younger generation is what scares the hell out of me if they don't know how to FLY THE PLANE.lol
Dubslow
Dubslow 1
New test for freshly minted FOs: Fly a flight the maximum range of the type without autopilot.
HunterTS4
Toby Sharp 1
Ya Wayne....Just walked in the office the other day and I get 3 phone calls asking if our airplanes are gps equipped....for Primary Training! ......super lame
USAFcptnShades
USAFcptnShades 1
I flew to KSDF with a cadet a few days ago and before we walked out on the ramp asked him what our course was for the flight down. His response, "whatever the GPS tells me." I'm sure the look I shot him after this reply said it all because he immediately opened his sectional and started plotting a course line.
preacher1
preacher1 1
And it will get worse.lol
JCCasebeer
John Casebeer 1
You are absolutely correct.
WALLACE24
WALLACE24 1
That gives me a warm ,fuzzy, secure feeling.
genethemarine
Gene spanos 1
Thank you to all who do fly these bigger ships....with the correct separation - space.
Single pilots too!
They saved our butts overseas
many a time.

Gene

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