On 12 Jul 2005, at 19:03, Paul Jakma wrote:
> With no training, maybe. But even the control aspects of landing you
> can learn relatively quickly (maybe not /well/). Certainly learning
> enough to land badly (maybe damaging aeroplane) but with a pretty good
> chance of walking away can be achieved very quickly.
Yes, but you agree that SOME training is needed. I had a spin in a
light plane recently, for the first time ever. I am familiar with the
principles, and I used fly hanggliders, so the instructor was quite
happy to let me take off. You may be damn sure that he landed though.
> Remember, pilots in WWII sometimes only got as little as twenty hours
> of flight training (sometimes less) before being assigned to active
Hmm - I wonder how much that contributed to the horrendous early death
> According to a programme recently on Discovery, the japanese were at
> one stage assigning pilots to active duty after only 8 hours of flight
> training (admittedly, Kamikaze pilots... but they'd still have learnt
> how to land a plane.)
Eh - no - why would Kamikaze pilots have learnt to land? :-)
> But the very benefit of computer automation is precisely that the
> machine *can* automate complex tasks, relieving the user of having to
> learn these details.
Yes - but the user does need to know what the blooming tasks are, at
> With not much training any one of us here could fly a modern airliner
> from airport to airport, just by punching buttons. (we couldn't do
> safely obviously, we wouldn't be able to cope with any kind of
> emergency or unusual situation, but still).
Yeah - what would we do if field codes appeared on the screen? Crash
the plane? Or post to ILUG in a panic?
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