Just say no to driverless cars ?

Phil philmt59 at aol.com
Sun Dec 2 05:39:01 CST 2012

I believe that the Project Mercury astronauts had to insist on the possibility of manual control before they would agree to fly. I think Alan Shepard made some disparaging comments about being treated like monkeys, but I can't help thinking that experienced pilots had their doubts about fly-by-wire.

Phil M1GWZ

On 2 Dec 2012, at 05:13, Richard O'Neill wrote:

> On 12/1/2012 9:36 PM, Chip Fetrow wrote:
>> If the pilots could have taken control and ruined the engines, they could have had at least some thrust and gotten to a runway.
> So, the pilot's options were limited not only by a bird strike but also by a computer system with predetermined command override priorities. That doesn't sound good to me.
> While some may be comfortable with computers making major control decisions, as a pilot with lives on the line I'd prefer to reserve those options for my judgement.
> Guess I'm old fashioned that way.
> Richard
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