Taking Control of Flight Path Management

This CAA seminar aims to update operators and pilots on the latest strategies for getting the best out of automation, while resisting becoming a slave to it.

8 March 2017

Wellington (Venue to be advised)

Automation has been a boon to aviation. But does aircraft designers’ ability to automate make all automatic functions useful? Are the possible hazards of a new automatic function always properly recognised?

Operators and pilots have tended to focus on the technology itself, rather than the ultimate objective of controlling the aircraft’s flight path. But automation is just a tool to assist with aircraft operation, and not all situations can be solved by a technological response. Sometimes a pilot just has to take manual control of the aircraft, and ‘aviate-navigate-communicate’ becomes just as important as it was to the early fliers.

Operators, worldwide, are struggling with how to manage the emerging threats of over-reliance on automation, passive participation, and de-skilling. We are working, globally, with others to understand those problems and consider possible best practice solutions.

Presenters from aircraft manufacturers, airlines, air traffic control, universities, the CAA, and airline pilot training schools will share experiences and the newest developments on:

  • Operator automation policies
  • Maintaining manual flying skills
  • Pilot monitoring
  • Aircraft upset and Loss of Control in Flight (LOC-I)
  • Human Factors and CRM.

Attendence is free, but places are limited and filling fast, so register now by emailing: Rod.Buchanan@caa.govt.nz.