Saturday, July 07, 2007

We knew it in our bones: Hi-Tech Does Not A Smart Pilot Make...

Smart pilotage, an old CFI long ago told me, comes from a combination of experience, good judgment (learned from surviving experiences) -- ahead of good being a good stick...and knowing how to blend them all.

So it came as small surprise that the AOPA Air Safety Foundation has found that hi-tech in the cockpit does dramatically improve situational awareness and reference tools...true safety benefits.

But all the hi-tech gear in the world does little to nothing toward improving judgment and decision making...which means, simply, the pilots crashing because they made a faulty decision should be fully aware of their flight attitude and position before the crunch.

At least, that's how it's always seemed...

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