Is automation causing manual flying skill degradation? | AeroTime Weekend Reads

DAILY NEWSLETTER | 16 February 2018
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Opinion: Is automation causing manual flying skill degradation?

2017 was claimed as the safest year in Commercial Jet Aviation in terms of casualties. Aircraft design and the operational use of automated systems have been continuously improved and advanced to assist the pilots in the Man-Machine environment. Maybe even to a point, where we might start to consider: Is the automation on the flight decks today, a “nice to have”, or has it become a “need to have”?  What happens when automation fails? Are the pilots actually able to maintain their manual flying skills, and manage attention when juggling concurrent task demands?

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US may boost military spending in 2019 amid China, Russia threat

On February 12, 2018, the United States President administration released a fiscal year 2019 budget proposal asking the Congress for massive increase in military spending. Citing reemergence of great power competition with China and Russia, the proposed budget for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is $686 billion – one of the biggest in the U.S. history.

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Drone dive-bombs an airliner, spurs calls to tighten regulations

A video recorded from a drone that flew within feet of an airliner over Las Vegas has prompted influential US aviation lobbies to call for tighter regulations.

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