CALLBACK – NASA’s Aviation Safety Reporting System

CALLBACK – From NASA’s Aviation Safety Reporting System
Issue 356  August 2009 Cockpit Technology Surpises
As more General Aviation aircraft are equipped with autopilots, GPS, and glass cockpit displays, ASRS is also hearing more about pilots’ “learning curve” with technology that has long been standard in air carrier cockpits. GA pilots increasingly experience equipment-related altitude busts, track deviations, and other incidents. This month we present both GA and air carrier reports that demonstrate the need for pilots to:
– Understand how advanced systems execute commands before using these systems in flight.
– Monitor the airplane’s flight path when ATC issues clearance changes that require re-programming.
– Resist the urge to extensively troubleshoot automation that is not working as expected.

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