Jogando gasolina em uma das maiores ‘tretas’ da aviação (a disputa Boeing vs. Airbus), o jornalista belga Tom Dieusaert realiza uma entrevista de dois pilotos para a AeroTime News Hub em que os aeronautas argumentam que o acidente do voo AF447 não teria ocorrido se a aeronave fosse um Boeing 777 ao invés de um Airbus 330. Dieusaert, autor de “Computer Crashes: when airplane systems fail”, entrevista os comandantes de A320 Gérard Arnoux (aposentado), e um outro que atualmente voa o B777, que prefere permanecer anônimo. Se você se interessa pelo tema da automação aeronáutica, trata-se de uma entrevista que vale muito a pena. Mas se você quer ir direto ao ponto, leia a conclusão do piloto anônimo (o que atualmente voa B777) abaixo:

So the conclusion is that there should be limits on automation.

Air France B777 Captain: There are two paths the aviation industry can take from here: One path would be more computers, better autothrottles, better autopilots, and more systems to detect whatever mistakes pilots make. Another would be to train pilots to fly manually and learn to avoid errors.

In the first case, you do not need any more pilots and there always will be crashes. The computers will only prevent crashes imagined by engineers. A computer will never decide to do what Sully did with his A320 on the Hudson.

People talk about pilot errors, but never about pilot solutions, which save lives by not following the checklist, like Captain Champion de Crespigny who flew Qantas Airbus 380 with 469 people to safety in 2010, after an uncontained engine failure, fuel tank leak, hydraulic failure, etc.

Computers in aircraft are a good thing, as long as they serve pilots and not the opposite. Maybe I am wrong, but I feel safer in a Boeing, which is like a big solid truck with Apple computers you can disconnect, than in an Airbus, which is like a Space Shuttle with PC computers that have the last word. With Boeing, average or tired pilots will do the job, with Airbus you need the best, it’s not optional.

Acho que isso dá muito o que pensar sobre o futuro dos voos autônomos também, né?