What specifically caused
In the case of flight 214, the right-seat pilot -
The need to make pilots more effective monitors in the era of automation is already a common discussion among aviation safety experts. NTSB studies dating to the early 1990s document how errors by either confused or oblivious crew members often contribute to or cause fatal accidents, but progress has been slow. Now a US working group launched by the NTSB and other industry stakeholders is working on a new way to improve pilot monitoring skills. The goal is to clarify what it means to monitor a modern cockpit and assign monitoring tasks depending on whether the aircraft is in taxi, ascending and descending, or cruise mode.
The group hopes the recommendations scheduled for release in December will spark broader awareness of the importance of pilot monitoring skills. NTSB member
PHASES OF FLIGHT
Speaking to the
Part of the challenge of building better monitoring skills is the design of the human brain, which is ill-suited to many of the kinds of tasks necessary to manage an automated cockpit, according to
Dismukes, who also spoke at the
"Some of these deviations are fairly serious," Dismukes says. "On one occasion the flying pilot was about to advance the throttles, but neither pilot had noticed that an incorrect heading was set in the FMC [flight management computer]."
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