connectVideoAre modern commercial aircraft are too complicated for pilots to fly?
Boeing is doubling down on technology, the planning for the opening of a new aircraft center in 2020 focused on robotics and artificial intelligence.
The complexity in the cockpit, and a President raising the stakes at 35,000 feet. The research is in two recent crashes of the Boeing 737 Max 8 jets are in the early stages, but President Trump remains firmly on a probable cause. “Aircraft are becoming too complex to fly. The pilots are no longer needed, but the computer scientists from MIT,” the President tweeted.
But most aviation experts say that the President ‘ s theory does not match the reality of modern aviation. “Some of these small things that the computer can do for you and the computer can show that you are very useful and can reduce the pilot workload,” said Denny Kelly, a former commercial pilot who now works as an air accident investigator. But the technology is a double-edged sword. “If you’re very busy in the cockpit, and something goes wrong, you need to focus on the problem, not on the computer,” he added.
Kelly also thinks that while computers make planes safer, the current pilots are taught to rely too much on technology. “The pilots need to know how to hand fly the plane, take it out of the computer and let it fly with the hand, in an emergency,” he said.”
Researchers say that the data from the black boxes of an Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed earlier this month and a Lion Air plane that went down near Indonesia in October last year show clear similarities. Authorities look at the aircraft anti-stall system as a possible factor in both crashes. Now, the Ministry of Transport of the Inspector General plans to audit the F. A. A. the statement of the Boeing 737 Max 8. (The F. A. A. in the first instance said the Max 8 was still airworthy for the change of the course, joining dozens of other nations in the implementation of some form of ban.)
Some experts say that the President of the diagnosis on what ails the aviation industry may undermine the public’s confidence in the air travel, while others emphasize that the Boeing is ultimately responsible for the accident and that THEY need to restore the trust of the public – sooner rather than later. “They miss a chance or need to communicate with the flying public…to remind everyone that this is what we stand for,” said Dennis Culloton, C. E. O. of Culloton Strategies.
But that effort could be too little, too late for Boeing. “Their reputation is already tarnished,” Kelly said. “As soon as the airplanes are there and they perform as they should perform, I think their reputation will come back. But as it stands now, their reputation is not what it should be.”
Despite the opposition, Boeing is doubling down on technology. The company is moving ahead full throttle on a new plane center, which opened in 2020, with the emphasis on robotics and artificial intelligence.
Steve Rappoport, is a News Producer, Fox News Radio. Follow him on Twitter @SteveRappoport.