In April 1997, the American Airlines Flight Academy produced a seminar on the hazards of automation dependency, particularly the perils of attempting to reprogram flight management computers in time-sensitive, high workload environments. While automation technology has improved markedly during the intervening 16 years, this training video makes a strong case for today's flight crewmembers devoting themselves to piloting first — then as time and task loads permit, also devoting ...

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