A330 captain Bill Palmer joins me to discuss his book Understanding Air France 447. Many factors contributed to the crash of this A330, which went down in the Atlantic in 2009. Bill walks us through the factors involved in the crash including aircraft systems, pilot fatigue, pilot proficiency, and the state of professional pilot training.
This podcast has been retired but you can get Understanding Air France 447 via link the below
- Flight control laws – computer controlled flight control modes that are capable of determining the operational mode (computational law) of the aircraft.
- Flight Director – The flight director displays the proper pitch and bank angles required for the aircraft to follow a selected path. it is generally used in direct connection with the Autopilot.
- GliderSource.com – Bill’s soaring classifieds website.
“Pilots, ask yourselves: How is your instrument scan? How well can you hold and make changes to heading, altitude, and airspeed without the flight director? Will your hand flying skills be ready on your next flight when it is dark and bumpy, you are half tired, and things stop working?”
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