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It is time to change how we think about flying and pilot training.
Automation complacency and loss of flight skills are at the forefront of aviation safety concerns. While automation was designed to reduce workload and improve safety, modern day aircraft accidents and incidents indicate that technology has yet to eliminate pilot error. The question must be asked if pilots are being provided the right tools to maintain competency in these modern aircraft, and whether flight skill loss is the problem, or a lack of pilots' understanding their automated aircraft. The question must be asked if a traditional process of maintaining currency may not meet the needs of pilots in modern day complex aircraft.
As aircraft become more complex, flight crews have more to learn... not less.