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(CNN) In a blistering attack on Boeing, the Air Force's top acquisition official said the company has a "severe situation" with flawed inspections of its new KC-46 air refueling tanker aircraft, after trash and industrial tools were found in some planes after they were delivered to the Air Force.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: ausername
They had to take experienced workers and move them to the 737 line when they tried to ramp up 737 production too high. That meant either inexperienced workers, or fewer workers doing more.
“It has been reported that the first officer on that flight had only 200 hours of flight experience, a small fraction of the minimum in the U.S., and an absurdly low amount for someone in the cockpit of a jet airliner,” he wrote.
“We do not yet know what challenges the pilots faced or what they were able to do, but everyone who is entrusted with the lives of passengers and crew by being in a pilot seat of an airliner must be armed with the knowledge, skill, experience, and judgment to be able to handle the unexpected and be the absolute master of the aircraft and all its systems, and of the situation,” Sullenberger continued.
The captain pointed out that “someone with only 200 hours” may not know what to do in an extreme emergency.
“Someone with that low amount of time would have only flown in a closely supervised, sterile training environment, not the challenging and often ambiguous real world of operational flying, would likely never have experienced a serious aircraft malfunction, would have seen only one cycle of the seasons of the year as a pilot, one spring with gusty crosswinds, one summer of thunderstorms,” he wrote.
Sullenberger concluded that airlines “have a corporate obligation not to put pilots in that position of great responsibility before they are able to be fully ready.” The pilot said pilot experience should be a “top priority at every airline” in wake of the recent tragedy.
originally posted by: twosquares
They used a word that jumped at me with the 2nd plane. when the fix has been "certified" or something. That's a word a cryptographer could almost use. Is it vulnerable to EM attack? maybe
About the that up and down flight path... if we assume the pilot isn't controlling the plane, then autopilot is another possible navigator. You wouldn't think so because it's so erratic - but if the autopilot's algorithm was self correcting with too high of a gain... then it could produce that crazy flight path (WITH just the right range of initial conditions).
So far those are my favorite pet theories. this was the 2nd in a week so i'm also putting together the solar data