Too often, accidents still generate controversy, with various parties blaming either the flight deck’s design or the crew’s performance. The French judicial case over the fatal crash of Air France Flight 447 in 2009 is still open, and the latest report transmitted to the judges added fuel to the fire. Meanwhile, airframers still have a hard time convincing pilots that adding automation will benefit safety. But renewed scientific research applied to the cockpit may help move the ...

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