'Automation Addiction': Are Pilots Forgetting How to Fly?

Automated flight systems and auto-pilot features on commercial aircraft are causing "automation addiction" among today's airline pilots and weakening their response time to mechanical failures and emergencies, according to a new study by safety officials. This dangerous trend has cost the lives of hundreds of passengers in some 51 "loss of control" accidents over the past five years, the report found. Rory Kay, an airline captain and co-chairman of a Federal Aviation Administration committee...Full Story
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