Pilots: Popular flying myth debunked by two pilots
A pilot shortage is a problem set to trouble the industry as the UN aviation industry warns that the increase in flights isn’t being met by pilots.
Yet as aviation technology improves, many passengers may think that pilots are no longer needed.
Planes are becoming much more reliant on computer and technology software
He told Traveller: “One of my biggest pet peeves is the public’s widely held belief that jetliners essentially fly themselves.
“Travellers have come to have a vastly exaggerated sense of the capabilities of present-day cockpit technology, and they greatly misunderstand how pilots interface with that technology.”
Pilots: A popular flying myth is that pilots are no longer needed to fly planes
“Much like your computer at work, there are systems to help you achieve what you need to achieve – but you still need to program the computer and make decisions.”
Pilots also have secret code words that they use during a flight in the care of an emergency.
Pilots: Aviation technology is advancing but pilots are still needed in the cockpit
Yet “pan-pan” whilst not as severe, is when a dangerous situation has arisen yet has not reached a life-threatening stage.
Coming from the French phrase “panne”, it is also repeated three times in an emergency.