Re: No rush
117 posts • joined 11 Mar 2009
Actually FCU failure/departure is a major problem on an Airbus, actually; an incredible number of systems need to know what you're doing to the aircraft, in order to work properly (e.g. pressurisation, autothrottles, autopilot, fuel-management, lift-dump, auto-brakes, etc, etc.)
"Rather uncomfortable" is one hell of a euphemism for what would have been a frankly hideous nightmare of a day at the office.
I'm not exactly a huge fan-boy of Asian pilots generally, but this was bloody a case of bloody good piloting skills and airmanship. Chapeau to the Captain.
Interesting. My 2011 iMac became un-bootable (re-install needed via System Recovery) after I changed the Firewall PF settings using Murus (and re-booted to make effective).
Never seen this before in almost 20 years of using Apple desktops/laptops daily.
Yes I really do have 20,000 hours and was merely replying to your comment: "So many people with no idea of what an autopilot does ready to criticise."
But go ahead and carry on arguing with yourself, because nowhere did I say that autopilots don't need monitoring.
With a genuine 20,000 hours I can tell you that "relying on experience..." is absolutely NOT dangerous
at all; it's the exact opposite.
Pretty sure HARM is not automated. However, Patriot, THAAD and S-300 definitely are.
Patriot has already killed at least 2 British Tornado pilots (on approach to Dhahran, their IFF failed and they were shot down......about 10 years after the Iraq war; no-one thought to turn the Patriots off).
Pilots are blamed when they cannot recover from a (most-likely) systemic failure. That could be bad weather, lack of experience/training/currency, fatigue (through tiring rosters and a company that doesn't care/piss-poor regulator like EASA), ATC issues, engineering, all sorts. As the last line of defence, they usually get the blame ("they should have saved the aircraft"), but almost always it is a huge line-up of "holes" in the system that lead up to an accident.
On the surface, AF447 was "pilot error", but the Pitot probes were known to be faulty (and replacements were in the hangar for years) and the second officer had almost no real stick-time (all done in the simulator, so no-one knew he would freeze in panic in a real aircraft), etc., etc..
Pilots make probably thousands of saves per day world-wide; usually by anticipating systemic failures early and heading them off before anyone even notices. Mistakes are obviously made, but error-detection and error-recovery methods are probably the most rigorous in any industry.
I don't think that an automated system is going to get anywhere near as capable as a human for a long, long time. I certainly won't fly in one, ever.
It was a standard tape and it was used to load mission (navigation) data. In flight, it could be used to play music through the intercom. However, given the musical tastes of Navigators, it rarely was for long!
Blue Circle radar was applicable only to the F2/F3 Air-Defence version; the ground-attack/strike version radar was much simpler and worked well from day one.
So you phone up the RAF to tell them you're in an LFA, but when the Army ask you to that, they're fuckwits?
The only time I recall an RAF aircraft hitting a light civil, it was a photography aircraft flown and operated by just one guy (so how's he looking out/flying while photographing the ground, then) right in the middle of a Flow Arrow area at 250 feet. Killed a fine Jaguar pilot.
So my opinion of who the fuckwits are are very different to yours.
Because the Boeings have worked real well at LA (Asiana), Dubai (Emirates) or over the Atlantic (TWA 800) recently?
Boeings have huge problems; you need to get your myopia looked at (ever flown an Airbus? I bet not).
p.s. Air France managed to over-ride the silicon really well....into the sea.
THANK YOU for the information. I will take the laptop to Apple tomorrow. Cannot actually access the serial number of the machine right now, but I'm fairly confident that this is one of those affected.
Again, thanks; you've saved me a chunk of cash and just before the Dec 31st deadline, too. As you say, it's more of a guarantee than most would expect.
My 2011 MBPro died (for the second and last time in a fortnight) on the day the new MBPro was launched. Perfect timing?
No, the new one has a crap keyboard, crap graphics card, insufficient RAM, small SSD,probably runs permanently hot due to being so thin, is massively over-priced and will never be upgradeable.
This story is just the icing on the cake, plus all the I/O gear I have is now redundant.
For the first time in 15 years, I'm going to buy a non-Apple laptop (and install Mint on it). The new one is all about form, forgetting the function.
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