AP IMPACT: Automation in the air dulls pilot skill

Automation prompts safety officials’ concern about pilots’ skills
Airplanes are become increasingly automated, leading some safety officials to raise concerns that pilots might be losing their in-flight instincts, which could be troublesome when faced with an issue. Rory Kay, co-chairman of the Federal Aviation Administration’s committee on pilot training and an airline captain, said the industry is suffering from “automation addiction,” which is leading to different types of incidents. “We’re seeing a new breed of accident with these state-of-the art planes.”

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