Advantages And Disadvantages Of Cockpit Automation

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COCKPIT AUTOMATION A Good Servant but a Bad Master Introduction 1. With the advent of modern technology, the use of computers has become inevitable in the completion and performance of a particular task. While automation has proven to improve the speed of completion of a job, it drastically affects the "operator" whose task shifts from being the "performer" to being the "observer". This is where the issue of "complacency" sets in. With this major revolution, one may ask if the introduction of automation is indeed an advantage or disadvantage. 2. Since the evolution of this major global trend, automation has widely engulfed the aviation field. So I would like to discuss with you about cockpit automation. Definitions 3. To define cockpit automation we need to understand the meaning of automation first, which is an ill defined term generally taken as replacing human functioning with machine functioning. The agreed definition of Automation refers to "automatic operation", meaning operation with limited or no input by humans. Thus, it can be applicable to machinery, but also to techniques, processes, etc. so we can say automation is a mechanical function operated electronically, that functions…show more content…
While the merits and demerits of automation will always be debated because like every invention it has pros and cons and also it entirely depends upon the operator. However the trends have to be looked upon, too much automation is not at all an option because a man in the loop must be there. Not all situations could be fed into the automated system and till the time Artificial intelligence surpasses human intellect this will remain a reality. Machines, like humans, are prone to failure and when that happens; an able operator should be there to take control of the situation. And for this the operator must have a hands on experience and must be in sync with the aircraft which is only possible if the level of automation does not render him to a mere

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