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    In a recent aviation report issued to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), the FAA stated pilots are over-relying on automated systems. As a result, the FAA claims that if those automated systems fail, pilots are ill-prepared to take over.

    According to a statement in the ICAO report, "When automation ceases to work properly, pilots who do not have sufficient experience of manual control and proper training may be hesitant or not have enough skills to take control of the aircraft".

    Let's take a look at why the FAA reported this to the ICAO.

    Manual Errors Are a Major Issue

    As you may know, the FAA requires airliners to keep track of day-to-day incidents, including but not limited to airplane malfunctions. This is done to ensure future safety measures are established based on past incidents that may otherwise go unnoticed.

    When evaluating this data, FAA researchers noticed a startling trend. From 2009 to 2016, roughly 92% of aviation accidents around the world occurred when pilots manually took over.

    Experts speculate this growing trend is due to pilots turning on autopilot at takeoff and doing little else until they turn off the automated system right before landing.

    Given enough time, the overreliance on automation makes it possible for pilots to get out of practice and lose their skills.

    The Solution FAA Purposed

    Towards the end of the ICAO report, the FAA provided possible solutions that may reduce the manual errors over time. Of those listed, additional training ranked high on the list.

    The idea behind extra training sessions is to help pilots feel more confident about manually taking over an airplane, should the automated systems fail. According to the FAA, this metric is ďimportant to develop pilot resilience when reacting to startle effects and consider human reaction.Ē

    Courage and know-how are definitely needed when taking charge in an emergency situation. These important traits are learned within those 1,500 flight hours pilots log prior to getting their license.

    However, 92% is a very alarming statistic considering we rely on pilots to take manual control over an aircraft in an emergency
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jdflyer View Post
    In a recent aviation report issued to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), the FAA stated pilots are over-relying on automated systems. As a result, the FAA claims that if those automated systems fail, pilots are ill-prepared to take over.

    According to a statement in the ICAO report, "When automation ceases to work properly, pilots who do not have sufficient experience of manual control and proper training may be hesitant or not have enough skills to take control of the aircraft".

    Let's take a look at why the FAA reported this to the ICAO.

    Manual Errors Are a Major Issue

    As you may know, the FAA requires airliners to keep track of day-to-day incidents, including but not limited to airplane malfunctions. This is done to ensure future safety measures are established based on past incidents that may otherwise go unnoticed.

    When evaluating this data, FAA researchers noticed a startling trend. From 2009 to 2016, roughly 92% of aviation accidents around the world occurred when pilots manually took over.

    Experts speculate this growing trend is due to pilots turning on autopilot at takeoff and doing little else until they turn off the automated system right before landing.

    Given enough time, the overreliance on automation makes it possible for pilots to get out of practice and lose their skills.

    The Solution FAA Purposed

    Towards the end of the ICAO report, the FAA provided possible solutions that may reduce the manual errors over time. Of those listed, additional training ranked high on the list.

    The idea behind extra training sessions is to help pilots feel more confident about manually taking over an airplane, should the automated systems fail. According to the FAA, this metric is “important to develop pilot resilience when reacting to startle effects and consider human reaction.”

    Courage and know-how are definitely needed when taking charge in an emergency situation. These important traits are learned within those 1,500 flight hours pilots log prior to getting their license.

    However, 92% is a very alarming statistic considering we rely on pilots to take manual control over an aircraft in an emergency
    For cadet’s it’s 1000 hours and most of those hours by the very nature of flight instruction are “hands off” and good VFR to boot. Autopilots lead to lazy scans. Where’s the 2500 hour no autopilot Baron, 310 or Aztruck driver when you need them?

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    I am waiting with popcorn in hand for the dadouce show to begin.

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    The FAA's stance that the hand flying skills of airline pilot had degraded was the reason they mandated the development of the Expanded Envelope Training (EET) program.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CRJ700 View Post
    The FAA's stance that the hand flying skills of airline pilot had degraded was the reason they mandated the development of the Expanded Envelope Training (EET) program.
    Which is done with the autopilot on.....

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    Rumor is two ORD 145ís rub shoulders while taxing behind a plane on the push back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by v1rotate View Post
    Which is done with the autopilot on.....
    Nah, just did it. All handflying, slow flight, stalls, bounced landings. I was actually pretty impressed with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by v1rotate View Post
    Which is done with the autopilot on.....
    What are you talking about? Just about 100% of the event is done with the autopilot off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by v1rotate View Post
    Which is done with the autopilot on.....

    EET is all hand flown recoveries.....
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