Keep Human Pilots In the Airline Cockpits

Keep Human Pilots In the Airline Cockpits

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Kobe Bennett started this petition to Boeing and

Airlines and Aviation companies have been extensively researching ways to rid human pilots out of the cockpit of airplanes. In the near future, the aviation industry looks to fully automate the 87,000 flights that take place every day across the United States (NOAA). The automation cannot be trusted now with humans in the plane, why should it be trusted with no human oversight in the future? Automation in today's airplanes is not sufficient enough to be used in airliners. In the last year, there have been two crashes that involved the 737 MAX 8, the supposed “Plane of The Future”. In October of last year, Lion Air, Flight 610, crashed and killed all 189 souls onboard. Fast forward to March of this year, Ethiopian Airline, Flight 302, took off from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, en route to Nairobi, Kenya, then crashed and killed all157 passengers. These two crashes can be accredited to the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS). This system is utilized to prevent the stalling of the airplane. Computers and Humans working together will be feasible due to the separation of powers and having each check over each other for errors in the decision making process. Dual check is the only way to ensure the safety of passengers while the development of automation proceeds. Automation is the future of aviation, however, humans are still needed to oversee these operations. Please consider supporting my petition, with your help, we can make the safety of airline travel the number one priority again. 

 

Sources:

Dorr, Less. “Fact Sheet – General Aviation Safety.” FAA.gov, July 30, 2018. https://www.faa.gov/news/fact_sheets/news_story.cfm?newsId=21274

GrÖndahl, Mika, et al. “In 12 Minutes, Everything Went Wrong.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 26 Dec. 2018, www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/12/26/world/asia/lion-air-crash-12-minutes.html

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